02/07/2013 10:06 PM ET
KC's Mendoza named MVP of Caribbean Series
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Kansas City Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza, suiting up for Mexico's Yaquis de Obregon in the Caribbean Series, was named the Most Valuable Player of the six-game, double-round-robin portion.
The 29-year-old right-hander was a no-brainer after pitching 13 1/3 scoreless innings in his two starts. On Wednesday night at Estadio Sonora, Mendoza had a no-hitter through seven and wound up giving up just two hits in 7 1/3 innings, sending Mexico to Thursday's championship game against the Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido.
Prior to the game, the Caribbean Series All-Stars were announced. They are as follows:
• Manager: Audo Vicente (DR)
• Catcher: Francisco Pena (DR)
• Pitcher: Mendoza
• First base: Donell Linares (DR)
• Second base: Jose Ramirez (DR)
• Third base: Mario Lisson (Venezuela)
• Shortstop: Miguel Tejada (DR)
• Outfielder: Marlon Byrd (Mexico)
• Outfielder: Ricardo Nanita (DR)
• Outfielder: Doug Clark (Mexico)
• Designated hitter: Barbaro Canizares (Puerto Rico)
• Right-handed pitcher: Mendoza
• Left-handed pitcher: Efraim Nieves (Puerto Rico)
• Relief pitcher: David Reyes (Mexico)
• Closer: Saul Rivera (Puerto Rico)
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show," and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.