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Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and the Dominican Republic put on a relentless offensive display in their first exhibition game ahead of the World Baseball Classic, amassing 28 hits in a 15-2 romp over Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies.
Reyes led off the game with a single and the Dominican Republic team never let up, roughing up Hamels for 12 hits and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings, his third start of spring training.
Reyes, Robinson Cano and Ramirez each homered. Ramirez and Miguel Tejada had four hits apiece for the Dominican team. Cano had three hits and three RBIs and Edwin Encarnacion also had three hits.
Dominican right-hander Samuel Deduno allowed one run on three hits. Deduno struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Laynce Nix hit his first home run of the spring for the Phillies.
BEST OF MAXIM
If you hadn’t seen it yet, then … that happened.
Then Mike Petriello tweeted out this:
“I don’t always give up homers, but when i do, they travel really, really goddamn far.” — @mattygrrr
— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) March 5, 2013
And I think he’s on to something.
If you want a few good quotes you go to Cole Hamels. His cavalier attitude with his words is gold for bloggers like myself. He provided us with a few more yesterday.
First, Hamels offered his thoughts on playing in the World Baseball Classic:
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