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Cuba Wins First Caribbean Series Title Since 1960


Cuba used a great start from Yosvani Torres and a home run from Yulieski Gourriel (2-for-4) to pull of an upset once again and claim the 2015 Caribbean Series title defeating Mexico 3-2.

Torres pitched a solid six innings giving up just one run while striking out five. Hector Mendoza pitched the final four outs to pick up the save.

Frederich Cepeda (2-for-4) had a two-out RBI single, and Gourriel hit a solo home run in the eighth to lead Cuba to the championship.

Down 3-1 Mexico looked to claim its third straight title. In the bottom of the eighth Eric Farris (1-for-4) had a two-out RBI single to make it a one run game.

Cuba’s Cepeda was named the tournament MVP after going 6-for-8 in the final two games driving in six runs.

This is the eighth time Cuba has won the tournament. It won seven times from 1949-1960 and only returned back to the tournament last year.

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Caribbean Series: Mexico and Cuba Advance to Final


The final of the 2015 Caribbean Series is set and the team that went 4-0 in the round robin didn’t make it, but the team that went 1-3 did.

Mexico was the first team to punch their ticket to the final with a 5-4 win over the Dominican Republic. It was a close game with the Dominican having the tying run at third base with just one out in the bottom of the ninth, but they were unable to tie it up.

Mexico jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring three runs in the second and adding one more in the third. With a throwing error by Dominican third baseman Hector Gomez, Mexico would score three unearned runs in the second. An inning later Mexico would get one more after Joey Meneses (1-for-3) singled with two outs. He moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on a Russell Branyan (1-for-2) RBI single.

After adding a fifth unanswered run, the Dominican Republic finally fought back and fight back they did. In the sixth inning the Dominican finally got on the board with a pair of runs to make it 5-2. In a turn of fate, Hector Gomez reached on a throwing error with two outs allowing Yefri Perez (1-for-2) to score the first run. Gomez wound up at third after the error and would score one hitter later on a Elian Herrera (1-for-4) RBI single.

The Dominican would add a single run in the eighth and ninth but come up short as Mexico avenged their 3-2 loss on Thursday to advance to the finals on Sunday. Terance Marin picked up the win tossing six innings allowing just two unearned runs. Jay Jackson picked up the save.

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In perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament, previously undefeated Venezuela fell to Cuba. Venezuela jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a run in the third and three runs in the fourth. A couple of walks and a RBI single from Ehire Adrianza (1-for-5) to take a 1-0 lead. With three more in the fourth it looked like Venezuela would stay undefeated.

Then the sixth inning came. Cuba would get three runs to get itself back in the game. Yulieski Gourriel (2-for-5) singled followed by a single from Alfredo Despaigne (1-for-5). Two batters later Frederich Cepeda (4-for-5) tripled in both Gourriel and Despaigne and would score himself on a throwing error making it 4-3.

Cuba would explode for five more runs in the seventh inning. Cepeda was there once again with the big hit. He would clear the bases driving in three with a one out double.

Norge Ruiz picked up the win with 4.1 innings of relief. He allowed five hits and no runs. Amalio Diaz took the loss going just a third of an inning in relief.

The win puts Cuba in the final against Mexico at 6:30 pm on Sunday.

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2015 Caribbean Series Schedule

Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2 Venezuela 5

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Dominican Republic 6
6:30 pm Mexico 3, Puerto Rico 2

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 6
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2, Cuba 3

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela 6, Cuba 2
6:30 pm Mexico 2, Dominican Republic 3

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Mexico 2, Venezuela 4
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 3, Dominican Republic 2

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm Mexico 5, Dominican Republic 4
6:30 pm Cuba 8, Venezuela 4

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm Cuba vs. Mexico

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Picks Up Walk Off Win; Semifinals Set


The round robin portion of the 2015 Caribbean Series is finished and the semifinals start tomorrow. In the last day of round robin games, Venezuela finished off Mexico 4-2 to finish with a perfect 4-0 record. They will have the #1 seed in the semifinals and play Cuba on Saturday.

The game was a good one. Mexico took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rico Noel (1-for-3) led off the game with a single to center field, then stole second. Then with one out, Eric Farris (2-for-3) singled to drive in Neol and put Mexico up quickly.

That was all Mexico would get off Venezuela starter Junior Guerra who tossed five innings. Guerra allowed only three hits while striking out seven. However once Guerra was pulled Mexico struck again. Once again Farris was in the middle of things. Farris led off the sixth inning with a single and soon Mexico had the bases loaded with no outs. Carlos Silva, who didn’t get an out, was pulled in favor of Jean Toledo. Toledo quickly gave up a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 Mexico. But Toledo settled down and got a double play ground ball to limit the damage.

Venezuela quickly struck back to tie the game at 2-2. Orlando Arcia singled to start off the bottom half of the inning and would come around a batter later on a Alexi Amarista (1-for-3) RBI double. Two batters later Felix Perez (1-for-3) doubled in Amarista to tie the game.

The game would stay tied until the bottom of the eighth when Venezuela would again plate two runs. This time the big blow came with two outs on a two-run home run by Oswaldo Arcia (1-for-3). The Arcia home run came off of Mexico reliever Manny Barreda who took the loss. Amalio Diaz picked up the win with 0.2 innings of relief work. Hassan Pena finished off the game picking up the save with a scoreless ninth.

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In the final game of the round robin, host Puerto Rico finally got on the board with a walk-off win over Dominican Republic. It was a back-and-forth game with Puerto Rico jumping out on top early with a run in the bottom of the third inning on an Enrique Hernandez (1-for-4) RBI single.

The Dominican Republic came back to tie the game in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Maikel Franco (2-for-4). Franco would drive in both of the Dominican’s runs in the game.

The tie was not long lived though as Puerto Rico came right back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead on a Reymond Fuentes (1-for-4) RBI single. Luis Figueroa (2-for-3) led off the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second before Fuentes gave them the lead.

The game would stay 2-1 until the top of the ninth when the Dominican came back once again to tie the game. After the first two batters struck out, Elian Herrera (1-for-3) doubled, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on a Franco RBI single.

Some excitement for the hometown team came in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, A.J. Jiminez walked and was pinch run for by “Ozzie” Osvaldo Martinez. Then on a 0-2 count, Daniel Ortiz (1-for-4) tripled to left field scoring Martinez from first giving Puerto Rico a walk-off win in front of the home crowd.

Tony Pena Jr. took the loss giving up the run in the bottom of the ninth. Fernando Cabrera gave up the tying run in the top of the ninth blowing the save, but earned the win courtesy of Ortiz’s RBI triple.

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2015 Caribbean Series Schedule

Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2 Venezuela 5

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Dominican Republic 6
6:30 pm Mexico 3, Puerto Rico 2

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 6
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2, Cuba 3

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela 6, Cuba 2
6:30 pm Mexico 2, Dominican Republic 3

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Mexico 2, Venezuela 4
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 3, Dominican Republic 2

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
6:30 pm Cuba vs. Venezuela

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

2015 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Venezuela 4-0
2. Dominican Republic 2-2
3. Mexico 2-2
4. Cuba 1-3
5. Puerto Rico 1-3

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Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic with Walks Off Win, Helps Cuba Advance


There is just one day left in the 2015 Caribbean Series first round. Venezuela is on to the next round after starting off 3-0. Venezuela kicked off day four of the tournament with a 6-2 win over Cuba. Cuba was aided by a later win in the day from the Dominican Republic helping them to advance and sending host Puerto Rico home.

Venezuela used a four run third inning to put the game out of reach and a strong outing from Cesar Valdez. Valdez went seven strong innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Both runs came on solo home runs.

Alexander Malleta (2-for-4) homered in the second inning to put Cuba on the board. Luis Valdes (1-for-4) also homered in the seventh. Yoanni Yera took the loss tossing just 2.1 innings allowing four runs on six hits.

Balbino Fuenmayor (3-for-4) homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead Venezuela’s offensive attack. Gorkys Hernandez (2-for-5) tripled and scored a run from the lead off spot, while Jose Gil (2-for-4) scored twice.

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In Game 2 of the day, the Dominican Republic picked up a 3-2 win over Mexico. With the win, Cuba advanced to the semifinals and Puerto Rico’s run was ended.

Mexico held the lead for almost the entire game. Jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the third, Amilcar Gaxiola pitched five shutout innings. Two more pitchers came in in relief to hold the Dominican Republic scoreless for another two innings. The Dominican did not get on the board until the eighth an inning after Mexico made it 2-0.

Down 2-0, the Dominican loaded the bases with no outs but could only scratch one run across the board. And it came on a wild pitch by Jesus Castillo. They would walk off in the ninth inning on a Elian Herrera (2-for-5) RBI single scoring Leury Garcia (2-for-5).

Josh Lueke picked up the win in relief for the Dominican. While Oscar Villarreal took the loss giving up two runs on three hits in just 0.2 innings.

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2015 Caribbean Series Schedule

Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2 Venezuela 5

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Dominican Republic 6
6:30 pm Mexico 3, Puerto Rico 2

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 6
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2, Cuba 3

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela 6, Cuba 2
6:30 pm Mexico 2, Dominican Republic 3

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Mexico vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

2015 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Venezuela 3-0
2. Dominican Republic 2-1
3. Mexico 2-1
4. Cuba 1-3
5. Puerto Rico 0-3

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Caribbean Series: Day Two Recap


Day 2 of the 2015 Caribbean Series is in the books with Mexico winning again and Cuba falling into a deep hole by losing its second straight game.

The first game of the day saw the Dominican Republic in its first action of the tournament downing Cuba 6-1. The game was close until the Dominican broke it open in the sixth inning.

The big blow for the Dominican came in the sixth inning when Willy Garcia (AA PIT) hit a two-run home run off of Cuban reliever Jonder Martinez. Garcia would finish the game 3-for-4. Leury Garcia (CHW) chipped in with three hits as well going 3-for-5.

Rafael Perez pitched well for the Dominican going 5.1 scoreless innings allowing just six hits. Five relievers finished off the game holding Cuba to just one run.

Norge Ruiz took the loss for Cuba. Offensively Yulieski Gourriel (NPB Yokohama) had another good game going 2-for-4. Luis La O went 3-for-3 and Dainer Moreir drove in the only run going 2-for-4.

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Game 2 of the day was a good one. A back-and-forth affair with Mexico pulling out the 3-2 win over host Puerto Rico. Mexico took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning just after Enrique Hernandez (MIA) tied up the game with a solo home run in the sixth.

Mexico starter Francisco Campos did not last long going only 1.2 innings giving up four hits and one run before being pulled. Juan Delgadillo picked up the win tossing four innings in relief. He gave up just one run on two hits. Oscar Villarreal picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

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2015 Caribbean Series Schedule

Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2 Venezuela 5

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Dominican Republic 6
6:30 pm Mexico 3, Puerto Rico 2

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Cuba
6:30 pm Mexico vs. Dominican Republic

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Mexico vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

2015 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Mexico 2-0
2. Venezuela 1-0
3. Dominican Republic 1-0
4. Puerto Rico 0-2
5. Cuba 0-2

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Caribbean Series: Venezuela Downs Puerto Rico in Game Two


The first day of the 2015 Caribbean Series is in the books with Mexico and Venezuela picking up wins. In Game 2, Venezuela downed host Puerto Rico 5-2 behind the strong pitching of Daryl Thompson.

Thompson tossed 6 innings allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five. Thompson spent most of the 2014 season pitching for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.

Giovanni Soto (AA CLE) took the loss for Puerto Rico. The young lefty had a good 2014 season out of the bullpen for AA Akron. The 23-year old native Puerto Rican tossed four runs giving up all five runs.

Offensively Alexi Amarista had a great day at the plate. He tripled in a pair of runs going 2-for-4. Niuman Romero also drove in two runs with a double going 1-for-2.

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Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico 2 Venezuela 5

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
6:30 pm Mexico vs. Puerto Rico

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Mexico
6:30 pm Cuba vs. Dominican Republic

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Cuba vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

2015 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Mexico 1-0
2. Venezuela 1-0
3. Dominican Republic
4. Puerto Rico 0-1
5. Cuba 0-1

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Takes Game One Over Cuba


Game 1 of the 2015 Caribbean Series is in the books with Mexico taking a 2-1 win over Cuba. The round robin round will go through Friday February 6th. The last place team will be dropped and the top four go onto the semifinal round.

Anthony Vasquez got the start for Mexico. The lefty, who spent time in Baltimore’s minor leagues with Norfolk and Bowie, went five solid innings giving up just one run on five hits. He did not factor into the decision but pitched well for Mexico. Terance Marin (W, 1-0/AA CHW) picked up the win in relief. Marin went 2.2 scoreless innings in relief allowing just one hit. Oscar Villarreal picked up the save finishing off the final two outs of the game.

Freddy Alvarez started and pitched well for Cuba. He went six solid innings giving up just one run on two hits. Jonder Martinez (L, 0-1) took the loss going just a third of an innings giving up a walk and a run. Yulieski Gourriel scored the only run for Cuba after walking, stealing second, and coming home on a Frederich Cepeda single.

Mexico only managed three hits but scratched out two runs. Rico Noel (AAA SDP) doubled and scored a run. Walter Ibarra (AAA LAD) came in with a pinch-hit RBI single to give Mexico the go ahead run.

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Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba 1, Mexico 2
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs Venezuela

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Dominican Republic
6:30 pm Mexico vs. Puerto Rico

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic vs. Mexico
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Mexico
6:30 pm Cuba vs. Dominican Republic

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Cuba vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

2015 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Mexico 1-0
2. Puerto Rico
3. Venezuela
4. Dominican Republic
5. Cuba 0-1

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Schedule for 2015 Caribbean Series


The 2015 Caribbean Series kicks off tomorrow with a match up between Cuba and Mexico. All games will take place at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The round robin first round goes through Friday February 6. The fifth placed team will be dropped and the final four will compete in the semis and finals the following two days.

The schedule for the 2015 tournament is below. Games can be seen on ESPN Deportes or ESPN 3.

2015 Caribbean Series Schedule

Monday February 2nd
12:05 pm Cuba vs. Mexico
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela

Tuesday February 3rd
12:05 pm Cuba vs. Dominican Republic
6:30 pm Mexico vs. Puerto Rico

Wednesday February 4th
12:05 pm Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Cuba

Thursday February 5th
12:05 pm Venezuela vs. Cuba
6:30 pm Mexico vs. Dominican Republic

Friday February 6th
12:05 pm Mexico vs. Venezuela
6:30 pm Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

Saturday February 7th
12:05 pm TBD
6:30 pm TBD

Sunday February 8th
6:30 pm TBD

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Teams Set for 2015 Caribbean Series in San Juan, Puerto Rico


The 2015 Caribbean Series will begin in just a few short days in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The series will be held at Hiram Bithorn Stadium which may be familiar to many of you since the Montreal Expos played part of their home games there in 2003 and 2004 before moving to Washington D.C. It has also hosted many other events including parts of the World Baseball Classic and a regular season series between the New York Mets and Florida Marlins in 2010.

The tournament will follow the format with two phases. The first phase will last from February 2-6 and consist of a single round-robin competition. The standings will then be decided after this round and the fifth placed team will be eliminated. The top four will continue on to play a semifinal and final round the following two days.

The field is set and ready to go. Here are the teams that will be participating in this years Caribbean Series.

Mexico – Tomateros de Culiacan – Culiacan has not been here for eleven years but they return after defeating the Charros de Jalisco in the championship. They are looking for their third Series championship having won in 2002 and 1996.

Dominican Republic – Gigantes del Cibao – This is their first Dominican championship having finished as runner-ups three separate times. They look to bring the title back to the Dominican after a two year absence.

Cuba – Vegueros de Pinar del Rio – The Vegueros won the Cuban National Series 53 last year. The league runs too long for the current champion to participate in the Caribbean Series, so last year’s winner competes. This was their fourth Cuban championship.

Puerto Rico – Cangrejeros de Santurce – The Cangrejeros will host the tournament in their home park after winning their thirteenth championship. They have won five Caribbean Series titles including the last for their country in 2000.

Venezuela – Caribes de Anzoategui – The Caribes swept through the LVBP winning every phase to earn a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they last competed in 2011. They are looking for their first Caribbean Series championship and the first for Venezuela since 2009.

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MLB Says No to Cuba in Caribbean Series


In mid-June Cuba said it would rejoin the Caribbean Series after a 53-year absence. However, that may now be in jeopardy thanks to Major League Baseball.

A Major League Baseball official told the organizers of the Caribbean Series that it would not cooperate with the 2014 tournament if Cuba is allowed to play.

Consent from MLB is crucial since many of the players that play for the teams are under contract to MLB clubs. But the Baseball Confederation of the Caribbean is working on obtaining a license from the US Government to allow a Cuban team in the 2014 tournament scheduled for February 1-7 in Venezuela.

In the early years of the tournament, Cuba was dominant. It won seven titles from 1949-1960. Then Fidel Castro took over, and he dissolved professional baseball canceling the 1961 tournament. After a nine year absence, the tournament restarted in 1970 without Cuba. That is how it has been ever since.

So earlier this year when it was announced that Cuba would rejoin the Series, there were many people who were very excited. Now that all may be in jeopardy because of two governments that can’t get along.

Another hitch in the plan is the plan for the Caribbean Series to return to the United States in another four years or so. The Series has been in talks with the Miami Marlins about the possibility of using their stadium to return to the area where the tournament was played as recent as 1991.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Cuba participates in the World Baseball Classic, which partly takes place in the USA. So many are asking why MLB would try to ban a team from Cuba from playing in the Caribbean Series when it is allowed in the WBC.

It was announced on MLB’s official website on June 11 that Cuba would be joining the Series. Just over a month later, MLB sent out an ultimatum to the Confederation.

According to Diario Libre, which obtained a copy of the letter dated July 15, MLB Vice President of Operations Kim Ng wrote to Puello that MLB would grant the Confederation 24 hours to retract its agreement with Cuba. Otherwise, MLB will decline to sign its annual Caribbean Series agreement with the Confederation. U.S. sanctions, Ng said in the letter, require MLB to apply for licenses, and there is not enough time to do so before the tournament.¹

It appears that the Confederation has until August 15 to rescind the invitation to Cuba. If they fail to do so by that day, MLB will be unable to sign the annual agreement for the 2014 tournament.

¹ Cuba Standard (2013-08-07) “MLB threatens to pull plug on Caribbean Series over Cuba

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Caribbean Series Eyes Possible Return to Miami


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Caribbean Series could possibly return to Miami in the near future. Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera has been in talks with the Miami Marlins about the possibility of using their new stadium in Little Havana.

The talks are still early, and the Series might not return to Miami for another four years or so.

The tournament was held at the Orange Bowl, site of the current Miami Marlins Park, in 1990. It was also held at Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium in 1991. The Series was going through hard times during their trips to Miami, and Puello would like to reestablish the events image in the heavily Latin populated area.

Another factor is the possible return of Cuba to the Series. Cuba hasn’t played since 1961, but its return is still a long shot. Puello has stated that Cuba would have to commit to the Series to return. It would not be allowed for just one series. It would have to be on a permanent basis.

The 2014 Caribbean Series will return to Venezuela. The tournament rotates between the four countries participating (Mexico, Venezuala, Puerto Rico, and Dominican Republic).

Next year it will take place in Margarita which is a large island on the northeast coast of the country. It will be played at Estadio Guatamare where the Series debuted in 2010 when the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic took home the title.

The Series will rotate to Puerto Rico in 2015 and the Dominican Republic in 2016.

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Caribbean Series: Luis Mendoza Named MVP of Series


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The All-Stars of the 2013 Caribbean Series were named prior to Thursday’s Championship Game.

Luis Mendoza, a Kansas City Royals pitcher, was named the Most Valuable Player of the round robin portion of the tournament. Mendoza was part of Mexico’s Yaquis de Obregon team that went on to win the title.

Mendoza made two starts in the tournament pitching 13.1 scoreless innings. He flirted with a no-hitter on Wednesday taking one into the eighth inning when he would pitch 7.1 innings giving up just two hits to earn the win. That win against Puerto Rico put Mexico into the Championship Game against the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic.

The rest of the All-Stars were:

• Manager: Audo Vicente (DR)
• Catcher: Francisco Pena (DR)
• Pitcher: Mendoza
• First base: Donell Linares (DR)
• Second base: Jose Ramirez (DR)
• Third base: Mario Lisson (Venezuela)
• Shortstop: Miguel Tejada (DR)
• Outfielder: Marlon Byrd (Mexico)
• Outfielder: Ricardo Nanita (DR)
• Outfielder: Doug Clark (Mexico)
• Designated hitter: Barbaro Canizares (Puerto Rico)
• Right-handed pitcher: Mendoza
• Left-handed pitcher: Efraim Nieves (Puerto Rico)
• Relief pitcher: David Reyes (Mexico)
• Closer: Saul Rivera (Puerto Rico)

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Caribbean Series: Doug Clark Ends Championship with Home Run in the 18th Inning


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – It took 18 innings and just about eight hours of play before the Yaquis de Obregon of Mexico could hold on to pick up the win over the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Republic. The 4-3 victory in the first Championship Game gave Mexico the 2013 Caribbean Series title. It was their second title in three years, both by Obregon.

Mexico led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn’t hang on. Ricardo Nanita (1-for-8) homered to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

From there it was a battle of bullpens for another nine innings. It looked again like Mexico might pull out the win in the 14th inning, but once again they couldn’t hold on. Karim Garcia (1-for-5) led off the inning with a home run to give Mexico a 3-2 lead. But with a one-run lead in the 14th Mexico’s pitching staff couldn’t find the strike zone. Edgar Gonzalez walked the first two batters. After a couple of ground outs, the face of the Caribbean Series came to the plate with a chance to tie or win it, Miguel Tejada (2-for-8). Tejada preceeded to single to right field driving in the tying run.

Mexico pitching walked 10 batters, but eight of those were in the last 6.1 innings including six in a 2.1 inning streak. Starter Rodrigo Lopez pitched brilliantly tossing 7.2 innings of one run ball (unearned). Marco Carrillo (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching four innings of scoreless relief.

The Dominican Republic starter Angel Castro pitched just as well as Lopez. He tossed 7.2 innings giving up just two runs (1 earned) on two hits. He was on the hook for the loss until Nanita homered in the ninth inning. The pitching staff struck out 21 Mexico hitters and gave up only six hits over 18 innings. Edward Valdez (L, 0-1) took the loss giving up a run in the 18th inning.

That lone run in the 18th inning came off the bat of longtime journeyman Doug Clark (2-for-7). With one out, Clark sent the first pitch he saw just over the right field fence giving Mexico the lead and eventually the win.

Clark bounced around in the minor leagues from 1998 to 2007. He got a “cup of coffee” in the Major Leagues in 2005 and 2006 getting into the action in fourteen games for San Francisco and Oakland. After that he took off for the foreign leagues starting first in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles and then onto the Nexen Heroes between 2008-2010. Ever since leaving Korea, Clark has been playing in the Mexican League for Quintana Roo.

The game tied the record for most innings (18) with a game that came in 2007. It also set the record for the longest game at seven hours and 28 minutes).

Doug Clark was named MVP of the championship.

It was Mexico’s seventh Caribbean Series title tying them with Venezuela and Cuba. It was the second title won by the Yaquis de Obregon.

Photos courtesy Yaquis de Obregon

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Doug Clark rounds the bases after his 18th inning home run

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Defeats Puerto Rico to Earn Trip to Championship Game


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Mexico got seven no-hit innings out of Luis Mendoza (W, 2-0) and pounded their way to victory over Puerto Rico to finish in second place in the round robin to earn a trip to the championship game against the Dominican Republic.

Mendoza went 7.1 innings giving up two hits, four walks, and struck out nine. He was great for the first seven innings before giving up a lead off double in the eighth to pick up the win. The bullpen came in and finished off the shutout.

Offensively Mexico scored their runs in bunches. In the second inning, Barbaro Canizares (1-for-4) hit a two-run home run as Mexico would put a three spot on the scoreboard to get everything started.

Mexico would pick up another five runs in the sixth inning. Marlon Byrd (2-for-4) picked up a pair of doubles and drove in three runs. Iker Franco (1-for-3) also drove in two runs for Mexico.

The loss ended Puerto Rico’s short winning streak as they pushed to get back into the hunt for the championship.

With the win, Mexico plays the Dominican Republic today for the championship.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 5-1

2. Mexico 3-3

3. Puerto Rico 2-4

4. Venezuela 2-4

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Caribbean Series: Dominican Republic Eliminates Venezuela; Awaits Mexico – Puerto Rico Winner


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – The Dominican Republic earned a spot in the new Championship Game of the 2013 Caribbean Series with a win over Mexico on Tuesday. On Wednesday they eliminated Venezuela with a 4-2 win.

Both team got good starts from their starting pitcher. The Dominican’s Carlos Pimentel pitched four innings giving up only one unearned run on two hits. The bullpen did just as well giving up only one run on three hits the rest of the way. Pimentel didn’t factor in the decision, but Armando Rodriguez (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Jailen Peguero (S, 1) got the save with a scoreless ninth.

On the other side of the field, Sergio Perez started and pitched well for Venezuela going five innings giving up just one run on five hits.

The game was a pitching duel between the two bullpens, until the ninth inning.

Victor Moreno (L, 0-1) came in to start the ninth for Venezuela. He got the inning started off right with a strikeout. Then he walked a batter and struck out another. So with two outs and a runner at second, after a stolen base, he was lifted for reliever Marcos Tabata.

The Dominican Republic quickly took advantage.

The first hitter Tabata saw, Francisco Pena (2-for-4), hit a two-run home run to put the Dominican in the lead for good.

Venezuela couldn’t come back in the ninth against Peguero and that was it. Their 2013 Caribbean Series ended in disappointment after starting off well. After starting off 2-1, Venezuela dropped the last three games to finish 2-4 and out of the new championship game.

The last game of the round robin features Mexico against Puerto Rico. The winner will advance to face the Dominican Republic in the championship game. In their first meeting, Mexico shutout Puerto Rico 3-0, but Puerto Rico has been hot lately winning their last 2 games.

Full Box Score

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 5-1

2. Mexico 2-3

3. Puerto Rico 2-3

4. Venezuela 2-4

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Rico Wins Again Downing Venezuela 4-1


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Puerto Rico got down early but fought back and clawed their way to a second straight victory, this time over Venezuela by a score of 4-1.

Venezuela got on the board early with a second inning home run by Mario Lisson (2-for-4). But that would be all they would get as the Puerto Rico pitching staff shut them down the rest of the way.

Efrain Nieves (W, 1-0) started and pitched five innings giving up just four hits and the lone run by Venezuela to pick up the win. The bullpen did the rest as three relievers limited Venezuela to just one more hit over the next four innings. Saul Rivera (S, 2) picked up the save with a scoreless ninth.

Down 1-0, Ramon Castro (2-for-3) tied the game with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Puerto Rico would take the lead an inning later on a Jesus Feliciano (3-for-5) RBI single. They would pick up another run in the eighth and ninth innings to add some cushion to the lead.

The win puts them equal with Venezuela at 2-3 heading into the final day of action.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Mexico 2-2
3. Venezuela 2-3
4. Puerto Rico 2-3

2013 Caribbean Series Schedule:

Tuesday February 5th
Puerto Rico 4, Venezuela 1
Dominican Republic vs Mexico 9:30 pm

Wednesday February 6th
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico 9:30 pm

Thursday February 7th
Championship 9:00 pm

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Caribbean Series: Mexico Defeats Venezuela to Even Record at 2-2


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Some games go down to the last batter to find a winner. On Monday, Mexico defeated Venezuela at the 2013 Caribbean Series 2-0 scoring the only runs in the game after two batters.

In the bottom of the first inning, Mexico center fielder Chris Roberson (0-for-3) reached on an error by Venezuela first baseman Jose Castillo. The next batter accounted for all of the runs when Alfredo Amezaga (1-for-3) hit a two run home run.

Venezuela starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1) pitched great allowing only three hits over seven innings. However, one of the three hits was Amezaga’s home run in the first inning.

Rolando Valdez (W, 1-0) pitched well to get the win going seven shutout innings allowing only five hits while striking out six and walking none. Oscar Villarreal (S, 1) picked up the save striking out two in the ninth.

Neither team did anything offensively after the first inning. Mexico collected only three hits and Venezuela seven.

The win evens the standings between the two teams at 2-2 a game behind the leader Dominican Republic.

2013 Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Venezuela 2-2
3. Mexico 2-2
4. Puerto Rico 1-3

2013 Caribbean Series Schedule:

Tuesday February 5th
Puerto Rico vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Dominican Republic vs Mexico 9:30 pm

Wednesday February 6th
Dominican Republic vs Venezuela 6:00 pm
Mexico vs Puerto Rico 9:30 pm

Thursday February 7th
Championship 9:00 pm

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Caribbean Series: Puerto Rico Downs the Domincan Republic 6-4 in Extra Innings


HERMOSILLO, Mexico – Puerto Rico needed an extra inning but it picked up its first win in the 2013 Caribbean Series with a huge win over previously undefeated Dominican Republic 6-4.

Puerto Rico entered the game 0-3 having lost to the Dominican Republic just 6-2 just two days prior. Late in the game it looked like it might be a repeat of the first game with the Dominican leading 4-2 late in the game.

However, Puerto Rico didn’t give up and tied the game at four with two runs in the eighth inning. The inning started off bad for Puerto Rico as the first two batters struck out swinging. But Luis Mateo (2-for-5) kept the inning alive with a two out single. The next batter, Jesus Feliciano (1-for-4) reached on an error by Dominican shortstop Hanley Ramirez putting runners at second and third. Rey Navarro (2-for-5/4 RBI) followed that up with a huge clutch single to tie the game at four.

Navarro would have one more huge hit in the tenth inning. With a runner on, Navarro homered to center field to put Puerto Rico in the lead to stay at 6-4.

Carlos Rivera (3-for-5) and Johnny Monell (3-for-3) both picked up three hits apiece in the win for Puerto Rico.

Jordany Valdespin (2-for-5/2 RBI) and Alberto Rosario (2-for-4) both homered for the Dominican in the loss.

The win puts Puerto Rico’s record at 1-3. Another loss and they would have been completely eliminated for a chance at winning the tournament. The loss hurts the Dominican Republic more who looked to take a 4-0 record into the final two games of the round robin.

Earlier in the tournament, Dominican shortstop Miguel Tejada hit his 14th home run in his Caribbean Series career extending his record. This is Tejada’s 12th Caribbean Series.

Caribbean Series Standings:

1. Dominican Republic 3-1
2. Venezuela 2-1
3. Mexico 1-2
4. Puerto Rico 1-3

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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 2 Results


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Mexico bounced back from their first loss of the Series and it took 13 innings for the Dominican Republic to keep up its winning ways versus Venezuela.

Puerto Rico 0, Mexico 2

Game 1 of the day saw Mexico rebound from a abysmal offensive performance to pick up their first win of the Series. The offense still wasn’t great, but it was enough to earn the win. Karim Garcia (2-for-4) was the only player with more than 1 hit for Mexico who had a total of 5 on the game. Mexico scored 2 runs in the 4th inning on a Jose Rodriguez (0-for-2) sacrifice fly and an Iker Franco (1-for-3) RBI single.

Two runs was all Mexico would need as it got 7 shutout innings from starter Randy Keisler (W, 1-0) who gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. Luis Ayala (S, 1) picked up the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Matt DeSalvo (L, 0-1) picked up the loss giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings.

Both teams move to 1-1 in the 2012 Caribbean Series.

Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 2 (13)

The host Dominican Republic team took 13 innings to defeat Venezuela to move out in front of the standings at 2-0. The loss dropped Venezuela to 0-2.

The Dominican Republic jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In the 4th inning, Erick Almonte (2-for-6) got the scoring started with a RBI single to left field scoring Andy Dirks (2-for-6) from 3rd base. They picked up another run in the 5th on a single to center by Pablo Ozuna (3-for-5) scoring Pedro Florimon (1-for-3) to put the Dominican up 2-0.

Venezuela wouldn’t go away though coming back in the bottom of the 7th  to tie the game at 2. Edgardo Alfonzo (1-for-1) got Venezuela on the board with a pinch-hit single to center scoring Luis Maza (0-for-5) who had walked. Cesar Suarez (3-for-6) followed Alfonzo with an infield single to score Miguel Rojas (2-for-5) to tie the game.

The game stayed knotted at 2 until the Dominican broke out with 3 runs in the 13th inning. Florimon led off the inning with a walk. Jose Constanza (1-for-5) promptly sacrificed him to 2nd base. After Ozuna was walked, Dirks game up big with a single to right scoring Florimon. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Venezuela set up the double play by walking Mauro Gomez (0-for-5) intentionally. However, it back fired as new pitcher Francisco Butto immediately gave up a 2-run double to Almonte.

That was all they would need as Jairo Asencio (S, 2) would come in and close out the game for his 2nd save. Merkin Valdez (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings of relief.  Dominican starter Lorenzo Barcelo pitched well going 5 scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision. Jon Hunton (L, 0-1) pitched 1.1 innings of relief taking the loss giving up 3 runs.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 2 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 1.000   1
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 1 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 2   .000   2

 

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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 1 Scores


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The 2012 Caribbean Series began on Thursday with Puerto Rico facing off with Venezuela and Mexico squaring off with the host Dominican team.

So far the games have been exciting as Puerto Rico led off the Series with a win as Venezuela continues to struggle at the Series after finishing in last place a season ago.

Venezuela 1, Puerto Rico 3

Venezuela got off to a good start by scoring a run in the top of the 1st inning, but that’s all they could muster against the Puerto Rico pitching staff. Nelson Figueroa (W, 1-0) pitched 6.2 innings giving up a single run on a Adonis Garcia (2-for-4) single to pick up the win. Figueroa struck out 8 and gave up only 7 hits. Saul Rivera (S, 1) picked up the save with a scoreless 9th.

Puerto Rico bounced back quickly after being down early by scoring 2 runs of their own in the 2nd inning. Ruben Gotay (2-for-3) supplied the runs on a 2-run RBI single to right field. Jeff Dominguez (2-for-4) added the 3rd run of the game on a RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.

Seth Etherton (L, 0-1) took the loss for Venezuela going 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7.

Venezuela looks to bounce back on day two as they will take on the host Dominican team while Puerto Rico faces Mexico.

Mexico 1, Dominican Republic 2

The Obregon Yaquis started their title defense for Mexico against the host Dominican team on Thursday by dropping their match 2-1.  The two teams started off the 2011 Series with a memorable 15 inning game that was won by Mexico 4-3. Mexico defeated the Dominican team twice in last year’s series which was the difference between 1st and 2nd place. The Dominican’s got their payback on Thursday.

Kris Johnson (W, 1-0) pitched 5 superb innings allowing 1 run (0 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 4 to earn the victory. He was followed by a trio of relievers that did not allow a hit or walk for 4 innings to close out the game. Ramon Garcia pitched 2 innings, Jerry Gil pitched the 8th, and Jario Asencio (S, 1) closed out the game in the 9th to earn the save.

All the scoring came early in the game as Mexico jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the top of the 2nd on a Kris Johnson wild pitch. That was all the offense Mexico could muster as they were shut down the rest of the way.

The Dominican Republic bounced back quickly and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Pedro Florimon (0-for-3) grounded out softly to second base scoring Wilkin Castillo (1-for-1). The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With no outs, the Dominican Republic loaded the bases. Julio Lugo (1-for-4) promptly grounded into a double play scoring Pablo Ozuna (1-for-3) from third base.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 0 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 1   .000   1

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Dominican Republic: Leones del Escogida Advance to Caribbean Series


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Leones del Escogida advanced to the Caribbean Series with a 6-5 win over the Aguilas Cibaenas in Game 9 of the Dominican Winter League.

Aguilas jumped out to a 4-1 lead after 4 innings but couldn’t hold on late. The Aguilas pounded 3 home runs but were out hit 13-8. Hector Luna and Miguel Tejada hit solo shots in the 2nd inning, and Jesse Gutierrez added a solo shot in the 9th off of Fernando Rodney. Aguilas starter Raul Valdes pitched 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run but didn’t factor into the decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold on. Wilkins Arias and Miguel Batista (BS, 3)(L, 2-1) both allowed two runs late in the game as it slipped away from Aguilas.

Trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th Escogida would tie it up and take the lead with a run in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. Mauro Gomez hit a solo shot in the 7th inning and Andy Dirks drove in 2 runs in the game including 1 in the 8th on a sac fly. Each hitter for Escogida had at least 1 hit in the game as they pounded out 13 total. Aneury Rodriguez and Nelson Figueroa combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Fernando Rodney (BS, 2)(W, 2-1) blew the save in the top of the 9th giving up a home run that tied the game, but he picked up the win when Andy Dirks drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

Game 1: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 2: Escogido 4, Aguilas 1
Game 3: Aguilas 1, Escogido 3
Game 4: Escogido 0, Aguilas 1
Game 5: Aguilas 8, Escogido 5
Game 6: Escogido 1, Aguilas 2
Game 7: Aguilas 2, Escogido 5
Game 8: Escogido 2, Aguilas 9
Game 9: Aguilas, 5, Escogido 6
*Escogido wins the series 5-4

Escogido will face the defending Caribbean Series Champion Obregon Yaquis (Mexico) in their first match on Thursday.

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2012 Caribbean Series Begins Thursday


Three of the 4 teams headed to the Caribbean Series are set with only the winner of the Dominican Winter League yet to be determined.

Mexico

The Obregon Yaquis swept through the Pacific League finals defeating Guasave in 3 close games before demolishing them 19-0 in Game 4 to take their 2nd straight title. The Yaquis are looking for their 2nd straight Caribbean Series title after taking the crown in 2011.

The Yaquis have strengthened their roster with the addition of 8 players prior to their trip to the Dominican Republic. Added were pitchers Dan Serafini (Los Mochis), Miguel Gonzalez (Mazatlan) and Edgar Gonzalez (Hermosillo), catcher Humberto Cota (Hermosillo), infielders Oscar Robles (Mexicali), Jose Rodriguez and Jesus Lopez (both Guasave) plus outfielder Chris Roberson (Hermosillo).

They will kick off their title defense with a game on Thursday February 2nd against the winner of the Dominican League.

Venezuela

The Aragua Tigers defeated the La Guaira Sharks 4 games to 2 in the championship round of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League to earn a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they look to claim their 2nd title. They won their first in 2009.

La Guaira finished on top during the regular season with Aragua barely finishing over .500 with a record of 32-30.

The Tigers are led by Hector Gimenez (.266/7/23), and Edgardo Alphonzo (.267/5/29). On the hill Sergio Perez (3-1/2.47) has pitched well along with relievers Yohan Pino (5-2/1.97/12 holds) and Francisco Butto (2-2/3.38/8 saves).

The Tigers will take on the Mayaguez Indians (Puerto Rico) in the opening game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Puerto Rico

The Mayaguez Indians defeated the Caguas Creoles in 8 games to win the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. The Indians are searching for their 3rd Caribbean Series title with their titles coming in 1978 and 1992.

The Indians are led by Sergio Miranda (.354 in the playoffs) and Jesus Feliciano (.300/2/7 in the playoffs). Bobby Livingston led the Indians starters on the mound with 2 wins in the playoffs. Ryan Kussmaul picked up 3 wins in the playoffs in 7 games out of the  bullpen.

The Indians will take on the Aragua Tigers (Venezuela) in the first game of the Series at 3pm on Thursday.

Dominican Republic

The Leones del Escogida and the Aguilas Cibaenas are tied 4-4 in the best-of-9 series with the winner advancing to the Caribbean Series.

The series has gone back and forth with Escogida winning the first 3 games, then falling to the Aguilas in the following 3. After splitting games 7 and 8, the series will come down to a winner take all Game 9 on Monday.

Escogida is led by several current and former MLB players like Julio Borbon, Julio Lugo, Jose Constanza and Fernando Tatis. They also have a lot of talent on the hill featuring the likes of Francisco Liriano, who has struggled this winter, and Fernando Rodney.

The Aguilas feature their own hoard of current and former MLB players including Miguel Tejada, Joaquin Arias, and the torrid hitting Brandon Moss. Their pitching staff isn’t as star studded but includes Miguel Batista.

Escogida is looking to return to the Series where they won in 2010, their 3rd title. The Aguilas has won 5 Caribbean Series titles with the last in 2007.

2012 Caribbean Series Schedule

THU, Feb. 2: Aragua Tigers @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Obregon @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

FRI
, Feb. 3: Mayaguez Indians @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Aragua Tigers (7pm)

SAT
, Feb. 4: Aragua Tigers @ Obregon (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Mayaguez Indians (7pm)

SUN
, Feb. 5: Mayaguez Indians @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Dominican Rep. @ Obregon (7pm)

MON
, Feb. 6: Obregon @ Mayaguez Indians (3pm), Aragua Tigers @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

TUE
, Feb. 7: Obregon @ Aragua Tigers (3pm), Mayaguez Indians @ Dominican Rep. (7pm)

*ALL TIMES LOCAL, ALL GAMES AT ESTADIO QUISQUEYA, SANTO DOMINGO*

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Caribbean Series Expansion in the Works


The two top executives of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation revealed last Tuesday that the entity is preparing to discuss a project that would facilitate the annual participation of two special guests to the Caribbean Series. President, Juan Francisco Puello and Ronaldo Peralta, CEO of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation spoke on ESPN Dominican Radio about the situation in the Venezuelan winter league and the Caribbean Series in 2012. During the interview, Puello and Peralta stated the plan will be presented to the winter leagues of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela at the next ordinary meeting on July 27.

Peralta then offered details of the plan, which if approved would be implemented in the 2013 edition, scheduled to be held in Hermosillo, Mexico. The 2012 Caribbean Series will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Peralta said, “The plan would open the doors to special guests without having to be members of the Caribbean Confederation.” Two teams from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua or Panama, will be the first candidates to receive direct invitations. Peralta did not confirm it, but Cuba and Colombia are the two countries most likely to clash within two years with the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in the new stadium in Hermosillo.

Peralta said, “We have to be careful with projects of this nature. Both Colombia and Nicaragua are passive members of theConfederation, but need to consolidate its administrative, management and sports structures” and also said, “TheCaribbean Series is the ultimate event of professional baseball in Latin America and has proven quality.” Puello stated that the July 27th meetings will focus on discussing the important aspects of the organization of Santo Domingo 2012, “We are studying proposals for a new format that includes a change in the schedule of games. We have the best intentions and in July we will discuss the proposals”. A competition format to eliminate ties and other obstacles facing the Caribbean Series will also be addressed.

Courtesy TeamRenteria.com

Jose Jerez is a Latin Correspondent for BaseballdeWorld

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Caribbean Series: 2011 All-Star Team


PUERTO RICO – Caribbean Series Most Valuable Player Jorge Vazquez was joined by four fellow Obregon Yaquis on the 2011 Caribbean Series All-Star Team. The Mexican League Champion won the first title for its country in 6 years posting a Series best 4-2 record.

Vazquez hit .310 over the 6 game series hitting two home runs and driving in six runs. He was joined by three teammates and the Yaquis manager Eddie Diaz. Other Yaquis to make the All-Star team included catcher Iker Franco (.316/1 RBI), right fielder Karim Garcia (.300/2/3), and DH Barbaro Canizares (.333/3 RBI).

The Dominican Republic entry into the Caribbean Series, Este Toros, landed four players on the team as well. Third baseman Danny Richar (.250), left fielder Ruddy Yan (.556/1 RBI), center fielder Jose Constanza (.318/1 RBI), and starting pitcher Raul Valdes (1-0/0.64 ERA) all represented the Dominican Republic on the All-Star team.

Puerto Rico placed two players on the team as well. Second baseman Alex Cora (.381/2 RBI) and relief pitcher Juan Padilla (2-0/2.79 ERA) represented the host country.

The lone representative from Venezuela was shortstop Henry Rodriguez (.429/2 RBI).

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