Yesterday the Ciego de Villa Tigers scored early and often to down the Pinar del Rio Tobacco Growers 9-4. They scored three in the first and three in the second to jump out to an early 6-0 lead. Pinar veteran Wilber Perez got the start but could only retire one hitter in the opening frame before getting the hook.
GAME 4: MTZ 6, PRI 7
Pinar evened their series against Matanzas with a wild pitch scoring the go ahead run to give Pinar a 7-6 win.
William Saavedra drove in the first three runs for Pinar with an RBI single in the first and a two run homer in the third. Matanzas took a 4-3 lead with Yordan Manduley driving in the go ahead run with a double in the top of the seventh.
GAME 2: PRI 4, MTZ 10
After losing the opener to Pinar del Rio 12-2 Matanzas has fought back to win the next two. Their bats came alive in the second game with a 10-4 win, Yordan Manduley driving in three runs with two hits. Jonder Martinez got the start and held Pinar scoreless until the seventh inning to get the win.
GAME 3: MTZ 7, PRI 5
The Rays have announced their roster for this Spring's exhibition game in Cuba on March 22nd, which will include Cuban born outfield prospect Dayron Varona.
Here is the full roster:
Pitchers (14): Chris Archer, Matt Andriese, Andrew Bellatti, Brad Boxberger, Xavier Cedeno, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Danny Farquhar, Steve Geltz, Matt Moore, Enny Romero, Drew Smyly, Ryan Webb y Chase Whitley.
While fans continue waiting for the Rays-Cuba match in March 22th in Havana, the Cuban Baseball Federation (CBF) has already set the schedules for the postseason, to allow you to set your calendar around it.
The 2016 Cuban postseason gets underway with the first semifinals game on Saturday, March 26th at 7:15 pm (ET), between the Matanzas Crocodriles (55-30) and the Pinar del Río Tobacco Growers (51-35) at the Victoria de Girón Park in Matanzas.
Major League Baseball is in discussions with the US government to try and alleviate human trafficking associated with Cuban athletes defecting to play baseball in the United States.
MLB has submitted a proposal to the Treasury Department which would allow Cuban players to sign directly with pro teams, MLB lawyer Dan Halem said in a report published on the league's website on Wednesday.
There has been increased pressure recently on MLB and the White House to create a way to allow for safe passage for players from the communist-ruled island to the US leagues.