The 54th Cuban National Series, the main baseball tournament on the island, began on Sunday with the game between Matanzas and Pinar del Rio.
The first game was played in Captain San Luis Stadium in Pinar del Rio, in Cuba's extreme west. Matanzas beat Pinar del Río 5-1 behind LHP Yoanni Yera.
After the opening game on Sunday, the season will begin earlier for the first time in more than 50 years.
Sixteen teams will take part in the 54th National Series.