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57 NS: In Opening Day Villa Clara beat Granma 2-0. Opening Day Results

After a long recess Cuban Baseball’s 2017 regular season has finally arrived, with the Opening Day celebrated last Saturday.

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The season officially began on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when the Granma Horses starter César García delivered the first pitch to the Villa Clara Leopards. The Leopards started one of their aces, RHP Alaín Sánchez, but needed extra innings to beat the defending champions, 2-0. It was the first extra innings game in Opening Day since the 2012-13 (52 NS) season.

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.

Cuba ties with Orix Buffaloes in WBC warmup

Cuba scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning, to tie with the Orix Buffaloes in its first warm-up match against japanese professional teams in preparation for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

In that inning Cuban catcher Frank C. Morejón singled, Roel Santos followed with a double, and both scored when shortstop Alexander Ayala singled to left. Ayala scored the tying run later, when William Saavedra reaches on first base on a throwing error by third baseman Ito Hikaru.

2017 Caribbean Series: Granma Horses Roster Announced

The Cuban National Series champion, the Granma Horses, has announced its roster for the 2017 Baseball Caribbean Series.

The list of players includes 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 9 infielders, and 5 outfielders.

Granma added 9 reinforcement players to its original roster.

The 2017 Caribbean Series will be played in Culiacan, Mexico, from February 1-7.

The Cuban Team opens the CS on February 1 against Dominican Republic at 3:00pm, with games against Puerto Rico (Feb 3), Venezuela (Feb 4), and Mexico (Feb) to follow.

Here is the roster. 

2017 Cuban Finals schedule released

The schedule for the 2017 Cuban Finals, between the Granma Stallions and the Ciego de Avila Tigers, has been realeased.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 pm (EST) with Game 1, and could go as late as Jan. 26, if the Finals need a full seven games to be decided.

Ciego de Avila has home-field advantage in the series after winning more games than Granma during the regular season.

WBC'2017: Cuba announces provisional roster

Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne (32) (Photo) highlighted the preliminary 50-players roster the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday that will compete in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The roster will be cut to 28 at the end of January 2017.

The provisional roster also includes veteran Industriales infielder Alexander Malleta (39) and  RHP Freddy Asiel Alvarez from Villa Clara (27) and Vladimir García (28) from Ciego de Avila.

MLB releases schedule for the World Baseball Classic 2017

The full schedule for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6, 2017, has been released by Major League Baseball (MLB)

Team Cuba will play in the Tokyo first-round pool (Pool B), and they'll be competing against Japan, China, and Australia.

Cuba's first game will be againt two-time champion Japan, on March 7 at 5 a.m. Eastern time, 7 p.m. local time, in the opening game for Pool B, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome

56 NS: Rosters for the 2016-17 Cuban season announced

With about two weeks until the first pitch for the 56 Cuban Baseball National Series, the names of the players that will be part of the 2016-17 Cuban season have been announced.

All sixteen teams competing in the 56 NS have already revealed their rosters for the event, which starts August 7. 

Here are the rosters announced this week.

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MLB: Bidding War Coming over Cuba’s Yulieski Gourriel

Yulieski Gourriel, the star Cuban infielder from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, has taken his second step towards achieving the dream of playing in the Majors, obtaining his free agency Monday that makes him eligible to sign with any MLB team. We could be seeing his debut as early as July or August this year.

Gourriel (who turned 32 on June 9) will be presented to scouts of the 30 MLB teams to show his talent in the famous “showcase” which presupposes he is ready to play at this highest level of baseball.

Preliminary Team Cuba Roster Announced for the Can-Am Experience

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced in Havana today, the 43 players that have been selected for the 2016 national team trainings for the upcoming Cuba participation in the Can-Am Independent League during the month of June this year.

This preliminary squad will be reduced to 28 players before the Cuban team travels to Canada on June 4.

The Cuban National Team will be the first Cuban-based squad since the Havana Sugar Kings to play a professional team during the regular season game in a United States minor or independent league stadium. 

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