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Alfredo Despaigne knew it as soon as he hit it, all the Cubans did. That ball was gone, headed for the furthest reaches of Tokyo Dome. Despaigne watched the ball fly while taking a few steps up the first base line with his index finger pointing toward the Cuban bench. When he turned to see his teammates celebrating, Despaigne flipped his bat and began his jog around the bases.

The Cubans are not done yet, they will continue on at this World Baseball Classic.

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