(Miguel Tejada after scoring the Dominican Republic’s 1st run in the 2nd inning)

Dominican Republic 3, Venezuela 3 (top of the 7th)

The Dominican Republic’s two-run lead just evaporated ; Jose Valverde allowed a two run triple to Franklin Gutierrez, scoring Marco Scutaro and Ramon Hernandez (who homered off Juan Cruz earlier in the game)

The YES Network’s tape delay coverage starts at 9pm. If you take your eyeballs away from Duke/North Carolina, or at least push the record button for the former, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The WBC might have the bigger names and MLB’s considerable marketing muscle, but these games have been a blast to witness, an absolute sight for sore eyes in early February. And even over the laptop’s limited video capacity, the atmosphere is totally cracking.

Best of all, the frequent audio outtages mean there’s less Billy to Sample.

That said, I’m braced for any accusations from Chris Russo that this entire tournament is a cynical attempt to pander to Hispanics.

(UPDATE : Sandy Martinez just homered to right field off Jeremi Gonzalez to give the Dominican Republic a 4-3 advantage.)