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Worth noting

• Mike Aviles has been Mr. Clutch for Puerto Rico, driving in nine of the team's 23 runs, 39 percent, in the Classic. The nine RBIs represent a team record for the Classic and have Aviles tied for second in the current Classic, one behind Team USA's David Wright. With 11 career RBIs, Aviles is tied for seventh in Classic play.

• Angel Pagan's 11 hits are a Puerto Rican record for the Classic, eclipsing the 10 produced by Ivan Rodriguez in 2006. Robinson Cano of the Dominican Republic is the leader in this Classic with 15 hits. Puerto Rico's Carlos Beltran has 20 career hits in the Classic, tying Jorge Cantu for fourth in the three-year history of the event. Cuba's Frederich Cepeda is the leader with 31 hits. Jose Rios is tied for fourth with his teammate, Beltran, with 13 runs scored in the Classic, a category also led by Cedepa with 17.

• Puerto Rico's pitching staff has held opponents to a .229 batting average in the Classic, yielding only two home runs in 70 innings. The pitchers uniformly attribute their success to the stellar work of Yadier Molina, described by reliever Fernando Cabrera as "the best catcher in the world -- and everybody knows that."

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for
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