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WORLD CUP 2014: 5 Mexico players to watch at the World Cup in Brazil

With few big names in its squad, Mexico could find it hard to make it out of its World Cup group.The Mexicans were drawn into Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon, and the absence of some European-based players won't help.Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez and Villarreal forward Giovani Dos Santos should be there, but Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela — maybe the country's top offensive player — is a notable absence. Vela has declined to play for the national team, citing personal reasons.Here are five players to watch:___RAFAEL MARQUEZRafael Marquez will be playing at his fourth World Cup and is charged with bringing much-needed experience and leadership.The former Barcelona defender, now Mexico's 35-year-old captain, has had a mixed record since the last World Cup. Three injury-plagued seasons at MLS team New York Red Bulls seemed to mark the end of his career at the top level, but in December 2012 he signed for Mexican club Leon and led the team to a league title last y...

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    Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheade...

  2. Pena's HR in eighth boosts Cubs over Reds

    Carlos Pena's three-run blast in the eighth 3 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the game set.Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run double while D.J. LeMahieu added an RBI singl...

  3. Astros beat Angels for fifth straight win

    Carlos Pena went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-4 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the third installment of a fo...

  4. Pena , Cubs agree to $10M, 1-year deal

    Scott Boras called Carlos Pena's $10 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs "a pillow contract.""There's a lot of comforts," the agent said.As in a cushioned, ...

  5. Royals sign Pena to minor league deal

    The Kansas City Royals and veteran first baseman Carlos Pena agreed to terms on a minor league contract Tuesday.The 35-year-old Pena batted .209 with eight homers an...

  6. Astros designate Pena , Cedeno for assignment

    The Houston Astros designated infielders Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment following Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners.The 35-year-old Pena batted...

  7. Royals call up Ciriaco, Pena among slew of roster moves

    The Kansas City Royals selected the contracts of infielders Pedro Ciriaco and Carlos Pena from Triple-A Omaha prior to Tuesday's contest against the Seattle Mariners...

  8. Shields sharp, Pena hits for Rays

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — James Shields pitched seven solid innings in his final spring tuneup, Carlos Pena had his first multihit game of the spring and the Tampa Bay ...

  9. Valencia's brace lifts Pachuca over Morelia

    Mexico City, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Enner Valencia scored on either side of the intermission on Saturday as Pachuca earned a comfortable 3-0 victory over Morel...

  10. Rays use early offense to down Indians

    Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer in an early Tampa Bay attack, and the Rays used a solid combined pitching performance from Matt Moore and the bullpen to defeat the C...

  11. Pena , Rays blast Red Sox

    Carlos Pena homered and knocked in three runs, as the Tampa Bay Rays used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 13-3, in the third test of a four-game...

  12. Pena bats leadoff, lifts Rays over Blue Jays

    Carlos Pena may get used to this leadoff thing.Pena, batting leadoff to start a game for the first time in his big-league career, finished 2-for-5 with a long three-...

  1. Carlos Pena hits 1st home run for Astros in 6-5 victory over Braves

    Carlos Pena hit his first home run for the Houston Astros in a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.Pena, who hit 181 homers over the past six seasons wit...

  2. Rays' Carlos Pena homers in 6th straight game

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena has homered for the sixth consecutive game, hitting a solo shot in the first inning of Saturday's night game agai...

  3. Carlos Pena homers, Davis wins 6th straight decision as Tampa Bay beats Toronto

    Carlos Pena homered and drove in four runs, Wade Davis won his sixth straight decision and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 on Monday night.Pena mad...

  4. Saunders makes Rangers' debut against Rays

    (SportsNetwork.com) - Journeyman lefty Joe Saunders makes his first start for his fifth team on Friday night when the Texas Rangers visit Tropicana Field to open a t...

  5. Pena , Torrealba set free by Angels

    Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim granted unconditional releases to three veteran players on Sunday, cutting loose first baseman Carl...

  6. Carlos Pena connects off shaky Dillon Gee for 4th HR, but Mets rally to beat Astros 7-5

    Shaun Marcum gave the Mets another pitcher to worry about. Alex White could be the answer to the Astros'Marcum headed to New York for a cortisone shot in his right s...

  7. Pena's 10th-inning blast shoots Astros over Brewers

    Carlos Pena's three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning sent Houston to a 7-4 decision over Milwaukee in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set.Carl...

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