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The long-awaited and much-anticipated announcement of a baseball World-Cup style tournament is expected this week, but Page 2 can't wait to wonder what would happen.

So let's peak into the famous Page 2 crystal ball, which we purchased from a group of Hungarian gypsies a couple years ago, to see how such a tournament may unfold. We've listed 22-man rosters for prominent countries ... and, yes, Manny Ramirez, while born in the Dominican, elected to play for the U.S. squad.

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United States
Lineup
SS Derek Jeter
1B Todd Helton
3B Alex Rodriguez
DH Barry Bonds
LF Manny Ramirez
RF Gary Sheffield
CF Jim Edmonds
C Jason Varitek
2B Mark Loretta

Starting pitchers: Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Jason Schmidt, Ben Sheets
Bullpen: Brad Lidge, Joe Nathan, Billy Wagner, Tim Hudson, Dontrelle Willis
Bench: Scott Rolen, Adam Dunn, Brian Roberts, Joe Mauer

Dominican Republic
Lineup
2B Alfonso Soriano
SS Miguel Tejada
1B Albert Pujols
DH David Ortiz
CF Vladimir Guerrero
RF Sammy Sosa
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Jose Guillen
C Miguel Olivo

Starting pitchers: Pedro Martinez, Bartolo Colon, Odalis Perez, Miguel Batista
Bullpen: Francisco Cordero, Guillermo Mota, Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel, Damaso Marte
Bench: Adrian Beltre, Rafael Furcal, Wily Mo Pena, Juan Brito

Puerto Rico
Lineup
2B Jose Vidro
C Ivan Rodriguez
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
DH Javy Lopez
3B Mike Lowell
RF Jose Cruz Jr.
LF Bernie Williams
SS Alex Cora

Starting pitchers: Javier Vazquez, Joel Pineiro, J.C. Romero, Kiko Calero
Bullpen: Roberto Hernandez, Javier Lopez, Fernando Cabrera, Pedro Feliciano, Juan Padilla
Bench: Jorge Posada, Jose Valentin, Juan Gonzalez, Luis Matos

Venezuela
Lineup
3B Melvin Mora
2B Carlos Guillen
CF Bobby Abreu
LF Miguel Cabrera
DH Magglio Ordonez
C Victor Martinez
RF Richard Hidalgo
1B Andres Galarraga
SS Omar Vizquel

Starting pitchers: Johan Santana, Carlos Zambrano, Freddy Garcia, Kelvim Escobar
Bullpen: Francisco Rodriguez, Juan Rincon, Jorge Julio, Ugueth Urbina, Wilson Alvarez
Bench: Ramon Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo, Cesar Izturis, Juan Rivera

Canada
Lineup
2B Pete Orr
RF Larry Walker
CF Jason Bay
1B Justin Morneau
3B Corey Koskie
DH Matt Stairs
LF Aaron Guiel
SS Danny Klassen
C Cody McKay

Starting pitchers: Rich Harden, Erik Bedard, Jeff Francis, Ryan Dempster
Bullpen: Eric Gagne, Jesse Crain, Paul Quantrill, Rheal Cormier, Aaron Myette
Bench: Simon Pond, Pete LaForest, Stubby Clapp, Rob Ducey

Medal Round matchups

No. 1 United States vs. No. 8 Australia
No. 2 Dominican Republic vs. No. 7 Canada
No. 3 Cuba vs. 6 Puerto Rico
No. 4 Venezuela vs. No. 5 Japan

U.S. 10, Australia 0
Ben Sheets, who pitched the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, shuts down the Aussies while Manny Ramirez cranks two home runs.

Dominican Republic 6, Canada 3
Saving Pedro Martinez, Odalis Perez draws the start against the heavily left-handed Canadian lineup and matches Rich Harden with zeroes through five. Justin Morneau's three-run homer gives Canada the lead, before the Dominican rallies in the seventh-inning to tie. Eric Gagne enters in the ninth, but after Miguel Tejada and Albert Pujols single, David Ortiz blasts a mammoth 500-foot homer to win it.

Continued...


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