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Tejada adds to Caribbean Series homer record


HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- Dominican shortstop Miguel Tejada homered in Sunday's much-anticipated game against Mexico, giving his Leones del Escogido a 2-0 lead and padding his own milestone.

Tejada's shot, coming against Edgar Gonzalez with one on and none out in the bottom of the second, was the 14th he's hit in his Caribbean Series career, adding to an all-time home run record he already held. Nine innings later, in the bottom of the 11th, Ricardo Nanito's two-out, walk-off hit gave Escogido a 6-5 win to stay undefeated at 3-0.

Tejada, a six-time All-Star and former American League MVP, is playing in his 12th Caribbean Series, dating back to 1997.

That's why, around here, they call the 38-year-old shortstop "El Pelotero De La Patria."

"This is where I started at the Caribbean Series," Tejada, who signed a Minor League deal with the Royals this offseason, said about Hermosillo. "I don't want to say it's my last one, but there are a lot of memories for me here."

With 44 career Caribbean Series RBIs, Tejada is one behind Tony Batista for the record. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez holds the mark for most homers in a Caribbean Series game, hitting three for Mexico in 2009.

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