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2007 World Port Tournament
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The 2007 World Port Tournament was the 11th World Port Tournament and the seventh won by the Cuban national team. It was held from August 2 through August 12, 2007. In the Gold Medal game, Cuba beat the Taiwan national team 2-0 behind the pitching of Yadel Martí and Yulieski González as Hector Olivera scores the game's only two runs. Taiwan (4-5) finished second, followed by the USA (4-4), Netherlands (4-4) and Japan (0-8). It was one of the best World Port Tournaments as Cuba sent a strong team instead of a "B" squad and the US sent their college national team, full of top prospects.
Top performers were:
- Best Contact Hitter: Alfredo Despaigne, Cuba (.462)
- Best Pitcher: Leon Boyd, Netherlands (2-0, 0.00)
- Home Run King: José Julio Ruíz, Cuba (4 home runs, .821 slugging)
- MVP: Yosvani Peraza, Cuba (.429, 17 RBI, 3 HR)
- Most Popular Player: Ryoji Nakata, Japan
- Best Rookie: Jordan Danks, USA
- Press Award: Leon Boyd, Netherlands