Ex-Dodger Victorino Stars for Team USA

With no Dodgers in action it was time for former members of the organization to shine in Olympic qualifying play in Phoenix Wednesday.

Team USA edged Mexico 5-4 to gain a form of revenge for being knocked out of the games by that team in 2004. Leading the attack was ex-Dodger employee Shane Victorino, USA"s leadoff man, who collected three singles and drove in a run as the Americans won their second contest in as many tries.

Victorino was drafted by the Phiilies last December but was offered back to L.A. this spring. The Dodgers declined, however, and Shane went back to the minors to have a good year for his new employers.

Luis Garcia, who had been signed by L.A. after hitting the home run that gave the Mexicans their big victory in the previous trials, hit a double in a losing cause as Mexico slid to 0-2 in this event. Flavio Romero, another ex-Dodger farmhand, tripled for Mexico.

Catcher Russell Martin was not in the lineup for Canada which moved to 2-0 by crushing Guatemala (0-2) 12-0. In other action, Nicaragua moved to (1-1) by defeating Panama, 6-1. The defeat was the first in two games for the Panamanians.

Four teams from this tournament will qualify for the hemispheric event to be held in Cuba some time next year.