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MLB: White Sox give Yoan Moncada his turn

The White Sox are finally putting a dent in their suddenly vaunted farm system.

With the Todd Frazier trade opening up an everyday spot in the field, Yoan Moncada is coming to play every day.

“We're not bringing him here to sit,” Hahn said when he made the announcement Tuesday night. “We are bringing him here to continue the development that needs to take place in Chicago. He still has some work to do. He’s obviously still very young. But we feel that he’s ready for that next challenge that comes at the big league level.”

NPB: Despaigne blasts PL to 2nd straight victory

Alfredo Despaigne returned to his old stomping grounds and mashed, hitting a game-tying homer as the Pacific League came from behind to beat the Central League 3-1 on Saturday and sweep this year's two-game All-Star series.

After both starting pitchers matched zeroes for two innings, light-hitting Yomiuri Giants catcher Seiji Kobayashi opened the scoring in the third with a solo homer off Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko.

MLB: Astros Sign Cuban RHP Elian Rodriguez

The signing is now official. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart tweets that Elián Rodriguez’s exact bonus is $1.9MM, so he’ll cost the team a total of $3.8MM when accounting for the 100 percent luxury tax they’ll pay.

On June 6 the Astros agreed to sign 20-year-old Cuban righty Elian Rodriguez for $2MM, Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports. The move will be subject to MLB’s rules regarding international bonus spending and will be part of the pool period that ends June 15. As such, the Astros will have to pay a 100% tax on the signing, bringing the total cost to $4MM.

MLB: Reds sign Cuban shortstop José Israel García

The Reds announced Saturday that they have signed highly touted Cuban shortstop Jose Israel Garcia to a Minor League contract.

The 19-year old is expected to get a signing bonus close to $5 million, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. He will report to Cincinnati's Dominican Summer League affiliate.

MLB: White Sox sign Cuban OF prospect Robert

The White Sox on Saturday announced the signing of international free agent Luis Robert, who will be introduced today at a 11:30 a.m. CT press conference at Guaranteed Rate Field. You can watch it live here on MLB.com and whitesox.com.

Robert, a 19-year-old from Cuba, is the No. 1 international free agent, according to MLBPipeline.com, and he will be yet another piece in the club's ongoing rebuilding effort.

Industriales hire Víctor Mesa as manager

Víctor Mesa, the formerly star outfielder can’t stay away from the “surprising plays” and his appointment as head coach of the Industriales Lions certainly has been one of the most commented piece of news among baseball fans since yesterday.

The Lions announced on Wednesday the highly anticipated hiring of Víctor Mesa as the new manager for a team that hasn’t won a championship in seven years.

Marines sign Cuban outfielder Santos

The Chiba Lotte Marines have agreed on a deal worth $200,000 with Cuban outfielder Roel Santos, the Pacific League club said Thursday.

The 29-year-old Santos, who throws and bats left-handed, is known for his speed and defensive skills, and served as the leadoff hitter for the Cuban national team at the World Baseball Classic in March.

He is scheduled to arrive in Japan as soon as he clears visa issues.

2017 WBC: Dutch headed to semis after routing Cuba

Stacked with Major League stars, the Netherlands were a team to watch heading into the World Baseball Classic. Now the Dutch will make a return trip to the semifinals, and their lineup is clicking.

A 14-1 win in seven innings over Cuba on Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome left the Netherlands with a 2-1 record in Pool E. And with Japan's 8-3 win over Israel, the Netherlands will advance to next week's final round at Dodger Stadium.

2017 WBC: Eighth-inning heroics carry unbeaten Japan past Cuba

Another night, another thrilling win for Samurai Japan at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Pinch hitter Seiichi Uchikawa brought in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, Tetsuto Yamada provided more breathing room with a two-run home run later in the frame, and the Japanese emerged from a back-and-forth battle against Cuba with a 8-5 victory on Tuesday night at Tokyo Dome.

The Japanese took a big step toward qualifying for the semifinals in the U.S. with the win.

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