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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.

Might This Be A Final Waterloo, or a Surprising Watershed Year for Cuba in Tokyo?

Tokyo (March 6, 2017)

Cuba has unquestionably been the biggest overall surprise of the first three World Baseball Classic editions. Team Israel may already be well down the road to changing that scenario during the first couple of days of the current renewal for MLB’s increasingly popular “true, legitimate” baseball world series. But across the first three high profile showcase events it has been the Cubans who have written the most unexpected fairy tales and turned the largest numbers of sceptics into true believers. 

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.

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