Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr Tops Canada in Opener

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr Tops Canada in Opener

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Jose Bautista homered and drove in four runs Thursday, and the Dominican Republic opened its bid for a second consecutive World Baseball Classic title with a 9-2 victory against Canada.

Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer for the Dominicans, who went 8-0 to win the 2013 title. Before the game, manager Tony Pena said his team looks better on paper this year.

Bautista singled home a run in the second, singled again in the fifth and hit a three-run homer in the sixth off Dustin Molleken.

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

"This is a team full of cleanup hitters," Bautista said in Spanish. "Whenever you contribute to the cause, you are happy."

Jose Reyes had three of the Dominicans' 15 hits. Castillo's homer came in the second inning, when the Dominicans bunched six hits to score four runs off Ryan Dempster. …

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