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Robinson Cano came home to the Dominican Republic, making his 2022 LIDOM debut with Estrellas Orientales in a playoff game against Águilas Cibaeñas on December 20.

Going 1-for-4, Cano tapped a 3-2 pitch to the left side of the infield that eluded Águilas shortstop Geraldo Perdomo for an infield single in the bottom of the third and grounded into a double play to end the seventh as Estrellas topped Águilas 5-0 to open the round-robin stage of the LIDOM playoffs. Tuesday was his first appearance in LIDOM action since the 2016-17 season, when he went 0-for-4 in one appearance with Estrellas. 

Cano holds a career batting average of .301 with 335 career homers and 2,639 hits in 17 major league seasons, numbers that would be higher had he not been suspended for 80 games in 2018 and 162 games in 2020 for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

Cano, 40, is a free agent after splitting the 2022 season between Class AAA El Paso and separate stints in the majors with San Diego, the New York Mets, and Atlanta. He batted .150 with one home run, four walks, and 25 strikeouts in 100 at bats in the major leagues in 2022. 

Estrellas starter Andy Otero, who is likely to appear in the 2023 World Baseball Classic with Panama, threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out four.

Gigantes de Cibao 4, Tigers de Licey 2: Yamaico Navarro’s home run in the bottom of the eighth cleared the left field wall at Estadio Julian Javier and gave Gigantes de Cibao a 3-2 lead over Tigres de Licey. Gigantes held on to win 4-2, with Fernando Rodney coming in to get the final three outs in the top of the ninth, earning his ninth save of the winter ball season. Rodney, who last appeared in MLB in 2019 with Oakland, has a 1.35 ERA in 20 IP in 20 games with Gigantes.