07/14/2003 10:05 PM ET
Futures Game capsules: World
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
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CHICAGO -- It sounds like something only Albert Einstein could figure out, what with his "lifetime" stat of E=MC squared: How can the baseball world be expanding -- and shrinking -- simultaneously?
No, this isn't a physics pop quiz. It's physicality and physiques we're talking about, how baseball is beginning to touch all corn-- oops, a sphere doesn't have corners -- er, latitudes and longitudes of our globe, but at the same time also bringing different cultures and ballplayers ever closer together.
Baseball has become borderless, and it was never more evident than at the fifth RadioShack All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field, where 50 athletes representing the United States and World rosters -- nine countries in all -- played for Earth-wide bragging rights.
The U.S. squad won, 3-2, but in this game, every player was a winner just for being there.
Here's a look at the World team stars and their highlights:
Ervin Santana, Dominican Republic, pitcher: Did not compete.
Edgar Gonzalez, Mexico, pitcher: Great job. One inning, 16 pitches, 10 strikes. No hits. He started two games for Arizona in June.
Andy Marte, Dominican Republic, third base: Singled and walked.
Scott Thorman, Canada, pinch-hitter: Singled for shortstop Jose Castillo in seventh inning.
Boston Red Sox
Jorge de la Rosa, Mexico, pitcher: Didn't allow a hit in two-thirds of an inning and struck out a batter.
Felix Pie, Dominican Republic, pinch-hitter, right field: Struck out for Alexis Gomez in fifth inning.
Edwin Encarnacion, Dominican Republic, third base: Was hitless in one plate appearance.
Chin-Hui Tsao, Taiwan, pitcher: Gave up one hit and struck out a batter over one inning. He was picked for the 2000 game but didn't pitch.
Rene Reyes, Venezuela, first base: Was hitless in three at-bats.
Denny Bautista, Dominican Republic, pitcher: Pitched one inning, striking out two batters and walking one.
Kansas City Royals
Alexis Gomez, Dominican Republic, right field: The former volleyball star in the islands fanned twice in two plate appearances.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Franklin Gutierrez, Venezuela, left field: Singled twice and drove in a run.
Seung Song, South Korea, pitcher: Yielded three hits in the third inning, including homer by
Grady Sizemore, the game's MVP, and a double to Stephen Smitherman.
Shawn Hill, Canada, pitcher: Did not see action.
New York Yankees
Chien-Ming Wang, Taiwan, pitcher: Did not see action.
Robinson Cano, Dominican Republic, pinch-hitter, second base: Struck out for Ramon Nivar in the fifth inning.
New York Mets
Justin Huber, Australia, catcher: Was hitless in one at-bat on Sunday, and was 0-for-2 in last season's Futures Game in Milwaukee.
Rich Harden, Canada, pitcher: Rough start with two walks and a run in first inning. But Harden is expected to be called up to Oakland soon.
Jose Castillo, Venezuela, shortstop: Was 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Is also a solid second baseman.
San Francisco Giants
Merkin Valdez, Dominican Republic, pitcher: Did not see action.
Travis Blackley, Australia, pitcher: Gave up a solo homer to Stephen Smitherman in the sixth inning and was the losing pitcher.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Pete LaForest, Canada, designated hitter: Hitless in two at-bats, but also walked.
Ramon Nivar, Dominican Republic, second base: Doubled and scored in two at-bats.
Toronto Blue Jays
Guillermo Quiroz, Venezuela, catcher: He played on the 1994 world champion Little League team from his native country. On Sunday, Quiroz went hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout.
Alexis Rios, Puerto Rico, center field: Homered in the fifth inning off Clint Nageotte. He was wired for sound during the contest and followed by Major League Baseball Productions cameras.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.