As expected, Yoani Yera used his curveball in Game 1, and also his fastball, a lot, to beat the powerful Granma’s lineup.
Yera was better and better as the game progressed, allowing only 3 hits and an earned run in 6 innings. The left handed threw 121 pitches striking out a Postseason career high of 10, while walked only one.
Yera's 10 Ks vs GRA, 4-1-2017
The schedule for the 2018 Cuban Semifinals, has been realeased.
The first series will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7:15 pm (EST) with Game 1 between the Matanzas Crocodiles (Mtz) and the Granma Stallions (Grm). The series could go as late as Jan. 14, if the Semifinals need a full seven games to be decided.
The regular phase of Cuba’s National Baseball Series has concluded in its 57th edition and everything is ready for the postseason, although we will have to wait until the New Year for the final battles for the title to begin.
At the end of the second half of the 2017-2018 season, Matanzas (60-29), Las Tunas (59-31), Industriales (51-38) and Granma (49-39) won the right to play the most coveted crown of Cuban sports, thanks to their good performances throughout the campaign.
The Tigers needed a left-handed bat, another center-field option for spacious Comerica Park and a strong baserunner. They addressed all of those needs Tuesday by signing speedy veteran center fielder Leonys Martin to a one-year deal.
Detroit also announced Minor League contracts and Spring Training invites for outfielder Jim Adduci, catcher Derek Norris, first baseman Edwin Espinal and right-hander Enrique Burgos.
Nicaragua will host the Under 23 WBSC championship in 2018, playing the games at the newly constructed 15,000 seat Dennis Martinez stadium at a date yet to be determined. Despite all the points awarded for this event the No 2 United States and No 5 Cuba will not be playing in the tournament. The United States did not play in the qualifying round, while Cuba did not qualify. Below are the teams who have qualified for the games:
Africa (1) - to be determined
An interesting free agent for major league baseball teams may be Alex Guerrero. He caused some headaches for the Los Angeles Dodgers when he played for them a couple years ago but seemed to be quite tamed while playing for the Chunichi Dragons. The Dragons made an attempt to resign him but could not get it done.