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Hanley DHing

Hanley Ramirez found himself batting in a familiar spot on Tuesday, third in the lineup. But the 25-year-old All-Star was positioned as the designated hitter for the Dominican Republic in their exhibition game with the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

Jose Reyes got the starting nod at shortstop, and the Mets’ All-Star was leading off. Ramirez, who prefers playing his primary position, was batting third, in front of Alex Rodriguez.

The Dominican lineup against the Marlins for Tuesday is: Reyes, Jose Bautista (1B), Ramirez, A-Rod (3B), Robinson Cano (2B), Jose Guillen (RF), Nelson Cruz (LF), Miguel Olivo (C) and Willie Tavares (CF).

— Joe Frisaro

Cantu pitching World Baseball Classic

Looking at the television on Sunday morning, Jorge Cantu was mildly suprised to see himself in an ESPN commercial.

Cantu was one of four players used to advertise the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which begins in March.

In January, the Marlins third baseman received a call to participate in the commercial. Cantu is representing Mexico in the Classic, and he was dressed in his country’s uniform. Derek Jeter also was showcased to represent Team USA. Alex Rodriguez is in it for the Dominican Republic and Ichiro Suzuki is on hand for Japan.

“I saw it for the first time today, I was so pumped,” Cantu said. “Wow, they did such a great job.”

To the skeptics, Cantu said the Classic is worth watching.

“People have to watch it. It’s like a playoff game,” he said. “It’s all or nothing for every country. It’s just a lot of pride for me. Obviously, in Mexico, soccer is the national sport. But in Mexico we have a lot of baseball talent. It’s a chance to show the rest of the country the talent we have in baseball.”

— Joe Frisaro