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WBC'2017: Cuba announces provisional roster

Cuban outfielder Alfredo Despaigne (32) (Photo) highlighted the preliminary 50-players roster the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday that will compete in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The roster will be cut to 28 at the end of January 2017.

The provisional roster also includes veteran Industriales infielder Alexander Malleta (39) and  RHP Freddy Asiel Alvarez from Villa Clara (27) and Vladimir García (28) from Ciego de Avila.

MLB releases schedule for the World Baseball Classic 2017

The full schedule for the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6, 2017, has been released by Major League Baseball (MLB)

Team Cuba will play in the Tokyo first-round pool (Pool B), and they'll be competing against Japan, China, and Australia.

Cuba's first game will be againt two-time champion Japan, on March 7 at 5 a.m. Eastern time, 7 p.m. local time, in the opening game for Pool B, which will be played at the Tokyo Dome