The 2018-19 Cuban Baseball National Series (BNS) will get underway on Thursday, August 9. It will feature the game between the Granma Stallions and Las Tunas Woodcutters at Mártires de Barbados Stadium in Granma at 7:00 pm (ET).
The season will remain with no changes from the previous one with all 16 teams in action, but it will be the second time in history that the regular season will begin on a Thursday.
Back in October 19, 1987, the 27th National Series was the first Cuban Season inaugurated in a Thursday.
The qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been unveiled during the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Committee meeting in Paris.
Just six teams will participate in the Olympic tournament and the WBSC is planning a round-robin format but they could not confirmed.
The host, Japan, is already qualified for the tournament.
The Cuban Baseball Federation released the 2018 Special Series calendar on Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the inaugural game, today at 7:15 pm at Guillermón Moncada Stadium in Santiago de Cuba.
The calendar features 24 matches between the three teams involved in the tournament, Occidentales, Centrales and Orientales.
The opening game will feature Orientales playing Occidentales, and a day later Centrales will make its debut facing Orientales at Nguyen van Troi Stadium in Guantánamo.
Dominican Republic beat Cuba 7-4 on Wednesday night, advancing to the 2018 Caribbean Series Finals to face Puerto Rico.
Cuba, represented by Alazanes de Granma, played a great Caribbean Series compiling a 3-1 record in the Quailifying Round, but for consecutive years falls just short of reaching the finals.
Dominican Republic sent Cuba down to their first defeat.
The win also qualified them for the final four playoffs. Bryan Evans quieted the Cuban bats to just one run for seven innings, that being a Roel Santos homerun in the sixth inning. Santos was the only bat working for Cuba, stringing together three of their seven hits.
Bryan Z. Evans SP / Águilas Cibaeñas
Cuba sent México down to their second loss, while they moved to 2-0 on Saturday.
Cuba rallied to score three runs in their last two at bats to pull out the win.
Raúl González led off the bottom of the 7th with a solo homerun.