Jesse Sanchez, who has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix.
|The Caribbean Series has secured a spot in Cooperstown.
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|Puerto Rico is one victory away from winning its first Caribbean Series title in almost two decades. Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas defeated Venezuela's Aguilas de Zulia, 9-6, in the first semifinal Monday. Puerto Rico will face either Mexico.
|The big league dream for young Carlitos Urias doesn't stop when he wakes up each morning. Urias, the 14-year-old brother of Dodgers phenom Julio Urias, is one of 45 prospects in the inaugural class of Major League Baseball's new academy in the Tres Rios sector of the city.
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|Sergio Romo found his mojo in Mexico, and he'll leave the country with a big league opportunity. Romo, 33, is expected to finalize a one-year deal with the Dodgers this week. He also hopes to return to the U.S. with a Caribbean Series title.
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|Dereck Rodriguez, who is pitching for the Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series this week, grew up in clubhouses across the Major Leagues and around some of the biggest names. Now, he's determined to make a name for himself.
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|Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario stepped into the batting cage behind the home dugout at Estadio Tomateros, and the chirping from his Puerto Rico teammates started immediately.
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|The Caribbean Series began Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico, with games between Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the afternoon, and a Mexico-Puerto Rico matchup in the nightcap.
|The bright orange wrist bands, the blue socks pulled up high, and the way he looked down at the grass and strutted back to his position in the outfield were the first clues. Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo's face, especially those eyebrows, looked young, but familiar. And that throwing arm -- the one he used to double off a runner at first base after a running catch in right in the bottom of the third inning -- was the final hint.
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|Julio Urias has become a local hero, but he's the same guy who signed with the Dodgers back in 2012.
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|Astros first-year bench coach Alex Cora will lead Criollos de Caguas from Puerto Rico into the Caribbean World Series, which begins on Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico.
More»Sanchez updates on 2017 Caribbean Series, Classic|
|Luis Navarro is the first prospect from Mexico to compete in the annual International Prospect League showcase. He probably won't be the last.
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|Pedro Martinez Jr. is one of 120 prospects showcasing their talents in the International Prospect League International Showcase. The son of Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez is expected to command a six-figure signing bonus.
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|Eric Pardinho, the growing teen who turned 16 last week, is emerging as a baseball star in a nation where the sport is gaining in popularity. Young right-hander has low 90s fastball and dreams of playing in the Major Leagues.
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|"Peloteros Por Puerto Rico," a star-studded Puerto Rico goodwill tour spearheaded by the Major League Baseball Players Association in conjunction with Major League Baseball, concluded Saturday evening with a gala honoring the legacy of Roberto Clemente and the future of baseball on the island.
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|The Nationals are loading up with top shortstops to kick off the first day of the international signing period.
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|The call from his 19-year-old son brought Carlos Alberto Urias to his knees. First in tears and then in prayer. This was "The Call" he had been waiting for since his son, Julio Urias, was 5-years old, playing with kids much older than him.
More»MLB Plus on Urias' family with Sanchez|
|Thursday marked Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes' first full day of baseball activities since last season. Reyes, who has been suspended through May 31 for violating MLB's Joint Domestic Violence Policy, hopes to face pitchers soon.
More»Reyes begins workouts in Arizona|
|This year's Top 30 International Prospects list includes 14 players from the Dominican Republic, 10 from Venezuela, five from Cuba and one from Mexico. The positions break down like this: eight outfielders, 17 infielders, three pitchers and two catchers.
More»Sanchez unveils the top international prospects|
|There was plenty of foul play in the press box at Chase Field on Friday night. Late in the game between the Rockies and the D-backs, a foul ball made its way toward the press box behind home plate. While most reporters scattered, one man, D-backs.com reporter Steve Gilbert, rose to the occasion.
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|Yasmany Tomas' 25-minute drive west to Chase Field from his home in suburbs begins around five hours before pitch and starts with a phone call to Havana, Cuba, two minutes into the ride. Tomas says he's usually silent for the first 30 seconds of the call.