C.A.C.' 2014: Cuba Opens with 4-0 over Puerto Rico at Veracruz

Frederich Cepeda homered for Cuba (Photo by I. Francisco)

A pitching gem by right-hander Norge Luis Ruíz (1-0) during 8 innings and a final scone from Héctor Mendoza, allowed Cuba to open with a 4-0 win over Puerto Rico in Veracruz on Saturday at the start of the baseball tournament the Central American and Caribbean Games.

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José Dariel Abreu Rookie of the Year

Jose Dariel Abreu Rookie of the Year

As expected, José Dariel Abreu, the Chicago White Sox first baseman from Cienfuegos, Cuba, received a unanimous vote Monday on 30 ballots of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the Rookie of the Year of the American League.

Behind Abreu in the vote were Los Angeles Angels starter Matt Shoemaker and New York Yankees reliever, Dellin Betances.

Extortionist who threatened Rangers' Leonys Martin gets over 14 years in prison

Leonys Martín

The convicted ringleader of a smuggling organization that brought more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S., some of them baseball players including Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard rejected a request for leniency by Eliezer Lazo, whom she noted was paid $22,000 a month through the scheme — not counting the percentages of any professional baseball contracts the players signed. Prosecutors say Martin paid the Lazo group $1.2 million after signing with the Rangers in 2011.

Cuba Announces Baseball Team for 2014 C.A. & Caribbean Games

Cuba

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday its team of 24 players for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games to be held from Nov. 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.

There were some notorious absences from the squad of several players with good stats in the current Cuban baseball season.  These include Pinar del Rio shortstop Luis A. Valdes, Guantanamo outfielder Giorvis Duvergel, and pitchers Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas) and Jose Angel Garcia (Artemisa).

Cuba’s Roberto Baldoquin gets $8 Million to Join the L.A. Angels

Roberto Baldoquín

Roberto Sullivan Baldoquin, a 20-year-old infielder who played for Cuba’s Las Tunas team for three seasons, has been rewarded for his efforts after leaving the country of his birth, signing an 8-million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Angels this Tuesday.

According to statements made by the player from the Dominican Republic, he must still undergo a routine physical examination to finalize the contract.

Tigers keep rolling in first place of the Cuban season

Yander Guevara

From a solid start by Yander Guevara to clutch relief outing by Yunier Cano (3-0) to big at bats from Jorge Alfonso, other players also contributed to the 3-2 Tigers win in 10 innings over Matanzas on Tuesday afternoon, giving Ciego de Avila its first series win over the Cocodriles in the 54 National Series.

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Lions shut out by Cubs as Holguín completes sweep

Yusmel Velázquez shut down the Lions

Thursday may have been the worst day for the Industriales Lions this season.

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The Cubs completed a sweep of the Lions with a 1-0 win on Thursday night, sweeping the 12 time champions for the first time this season.

The game was all about pitching, Yusmel Velázquez (1-1) struck out four in eight and two-thirds scoreless innings, while closer Yuniel García (1) struck out Josuan Hernández in the ninth, saving his first game.

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