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Teams Set for 2017 Caribbean Series


The teams are set for the 2017 Caribbean Series to be held in Culiacan, Mexico. There will be a new club champion after the Venados de Matatlan, the 2016 winner, did not make the finals of the LMP playoffs.

Winners from the winter leagues of Mexico (LMP), Dominican Republic (LIDOM), Venezuela (LVBP), Puerto Rico (LBPRC), and Cuba play a round robin format with semifinals and finals to follow.

The teams competing are:

Dominican Republic – Tigres del Licey – The most accomplished team not only in the LIDOM with 22 titles, but also the most accomplished team in the history of the Caribbean Series with 10 titles. The Tigres last Series title was in 2008. To get back to the Series, for the first time since 2014, Licey needed all 9 games in the LIDOM Championship Series to get past the Aguilas Cibaenas.

Puerto Rico – Criollos de Caguas – The 17-time LBPRC champions, Caguas is back in the Caribbean Series for the first time since 2013. They will go in looking for their 4th Series title but the first since 1987. To get to the Series, Caguas needed 8 games to win 5-games-to-3 over Santurce.

Mexico – Aguilas de Mexicali – Winning its 4th LMP title, Mexicali last went to the Caribbean Series in 1999. It holds just a single Series title from 1986. Mexicali defeated the Caneros de los Mochis 4-2 in the LMP Championship Series to advance. They will look to keep the recent success of the LMP champions alive having won 4 of the last 6 Caribbean Series titles.

Venezuela – Aguilas del Zulia – This was the 6th LVBP Championship for Zulia, the last coming in 2000. The franchise has 2 Caribbean Series titles to its credit, but nothing since 1989. To get back to the Series this year Zulia defeated the Cardenales de Lara 4-1.

Cuba – Granma Alazanes – This was the first Serie Nacional de Beisbol or Cuban National Series title for Granma. It took 40 years for the club to claim its first title, and this will be its first trip to the Caribbean Series. Granma defeated the 2-time defending champion Ciego de Avila in the championship series sweeping them to take the title.

Total Caribbean Series Titles:

Dominican Republic 19 (last in 2012)
Puerto Rico 14 (last in 2000)
Mexico 9 (last in 2016)
Cuba 8 (last in 2015)
Venezuela 7 (last in 2009)
Panama 1 (1950) – no longer play in Caribbean Series

All games will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN3.com

2017 Caribbean Series Schedule:

Wednesday, February 01:

  • Cuba vs. Dom. Rep. 5:00 p.m.
  • Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 02:

  • Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico 5:00 p.m.
  • Mexico vs. Dom. Rep. 9:00 p.m.

Friday, February 03:

  • Puerto Rico vs. Cuba 5:00 p.m.
  • Venezuela vs. Mexico 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 04:

  • Dom. Rep. vs. Puerto Rico 3:00 p.m.
  • Cuba vs. Venezuela 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 05:

  • Dom. Rep. vs. Venezuela 3:00 p.m.
  • Mexico vs. Cuba 7:00 p.m.

Monday, February 06:

  • TBD vs. TBD 3:00 p.m.
  • TBD vs. TBD 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 07:

  • TBD vs. TBD 3:00 p.m.

All times ET

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Criollos de Caguas Win LBPRC Championship, Advance to Caribbean Series


The Criollos de Caguas have won the best-of-9 Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (LBPRC) Championship by taking Game 8 over the Cangrejeros de Santurce. Caguas needed extra innings to pull off the series clinching win on Wednesday night.

After a huge bottom of the 6th for Caguas when they scored 4 runs, Santurce made a come back to tie it at 5 by scoring a run in the 7th and a run in the 8th only to see their series end after Caguas scored a run in the bottom of the 12th.

With two outs, David Vidal (1-for-6) reached on a throwing error by right fielder Juan Silva allowing him to advance to second base. The next hitter came up big to send Caguas on to the Caribbean Series with a walk-off single. The hero of the night would be Henry Ramos (3-for-5).

Orlando Roman pitched well in the start for Caguas, but failed to complete 5 complete. He only allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 4.2 innings. Ricardo Gomez blew the save late allowing an inherited runner score going 3.2 scoreless innings of relief striking out 6. Joel Pineiro (W, 1-0) picked up the win tossing a scoreless inning in relief.

Caguas will advance on to Culliacan, Mexico to play for its 4th Caribbean Series title. Its last came in 1987. They will begin the series facing off with Mexico on Wednesday February 1.

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Criollos de Caguas 1 Win from the LBPRC Championship


The Criollos de Caguas have taken a 4-3 lead in the best-of-nine series with the Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente or LBPRC.

With the Game 7 win, Caguas sits one win away from advancing to the Caribbean Series.

Caguas scored a pair of runs in the top of the first and second innings, and that is all it would need. John Brownell, who has had several good seasons lately with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, started and pitched well for Caguas. He only lasted 3 innings but allowed just one run. Will Oliver (W, 2-1) picked up the win tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief allowing just 2 hits.

Former Washington Nationals outfielder Jorge Padilla went 3-for-4 from the lead off spot for Caguas. Hitting second and also going 3-for-4 was Angels farmhand Rey Navarro. The top two hitters in the Caguas lineup had more than half the hits for the team on the night.

Santurce got its lone run in the second inning. Juan Silva (2-for-4) led off the bottom half of the inning with a triple. He then scored on a Christian Vazquez sacrifice fly. Danny Ortiz would go for 3-for-4 but Santurce would not score again.

Caguas will try to finish off the series on Wednesday night.

LBPRC Championship Scores:

Game 1: Caguas 1, Santurce 0
Game 2: Santurce 6, Caguas 3
Game 3: Caguas 4, Santurce 2
Game 4: Santurce 4, Caguas 1
Game 5: Caguas 1, Santurce 3
Game 6: Santurce 1, Caguas 12
Game 7: Caguas 4, Santurce 1
Game 8: 1/25 7:15 PM AST
Game 9: 1/26 7:15 PM AST

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Criollos de Caguas tie up the LBPRC Championship Series


The series it tied in the championship of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente or LBPRC. Last night the Criollos de Caguas downed the Cangrejeros de Santurce 12-1 to tie the series up at 3 games apiece.

Caguas pounded Santurce pitching for 17 hits en route to the blowout win. Seven hitters had two hits or more for the Criollos including Ruben Gotay (2-for-4), Rusney Castillo (2-for-5), David Vidal (3-for-4), Henry Ramos (2-for-4), Jack Lopez (2-for-4), and Jonathan Morales (2-for-4). Castillo had the big blow with a 2-run home run in the 6-run 8th inning.

Caguas scored in bunches with 2 runs in the 2nd, 4 runs in the 5th, and then 6 runs in the 8th inning. Santurce got its lone run in the top of the 9th.

Andrew Barbosa (W, 1-0) pitched well over 5 innings to pick up the win. He allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three. Darin Downs (L, 0-1) gave up only 2 runs over 4 innings but took the loss for Santurce.

The best-of-9 series is down to a best 2-of-3 now that the series is tied.

LBPRC Championship Scores:

Game 1: Caguas 1, Santurce 0
Game 2: Santurce 6, Caguas 3
Game 3: Caguas 4, Santurce 2
Game 4: Santurce 4, Caguas 1
Game 5: Caguas 1, Santurce 3
Game 6: Santurce 1, Caguas 12
Game 7: 1/22 4:15 PM AST
Game 8: 1/25 7:15 PM AST
Game 9: 1/26 7:15 PM AST

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Santurce Leads Caguas in the LBPRC Championship


The Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente is heading into the final stages of its championship series. The Cangrejeros de Santurce are taking on the Criollos de Caguas for the title and the right to advance to the Caribbean Series in the best-of-9 championship.

Santurce leads the series 3-games-to-2 after taking the last two games. Game 6 will be later tonight when Santurce could wrap up its 15th LBPRC title. They also own five Caribbean Series titles but nothing since 2000.

Caguas owns 16 LBPRC titles, with some as Caguas-Guayama. The franchise is also the owner of three Caribbean Series titles the last coming in 1987.

LBPRC Championship Scores:

Game 1: Caguas 1, Santurce 0
Game 2: Santurce 6, Caguas 3
Game 3: Caguas 4, Santurce 2
Game 4: Santurce 4, Caguas 1
Game 5: Caguas 1, Santurce 3
Game 6: 1/21 7:15 PM AST
Game 7: 1/22 4:15 PM AST
Game 8: 1/25 7:15 PM AST
Game 9: 1/26 7:15 PM AST

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LBPRC: Criollos de Caguas Wins Puerto Rico Title with 13-3 Route of Mayaguez in Game 6


The Criollos de Caguas are the new champions of the  Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico with their 13-3 win over the Indios de Mayaguez on Friday night.

Caguas chased Mayaguez starter Aaron Miller (L, 2-2) after just a third of an inning. They jumped out with a 6 run top of the first to set the tone for the day. Mayaguez would never get close.

Seven of the nine batters for Caguas drove in a run and all but one collected a hit. Andy Gonzalez (3-for-5) and Jorge Padilla (3-for-6) collected the most hits. Padilla drove in a pair of runs as well. Luis Mateo had a good game as well going 2-for-4 with a double, driving in 2 runs, and stealing a base.

Kelvin Villa (W, 2-1) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched 5 innings allowing just 1 run on 6 hits.

The win gives Caguas a trip to the Caribbean Series that will start on February 1 in Mexico.

LBPRC Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Game 2: Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 1
Game 4: Caguas 5, Mayaguez 6
Game 5: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 4
Game 6: Caguas 13, Mayaguez 3
Caguas wins series 4-2

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LBPRC: Caguas Takes 3-2 Lead in Championship Series Over Mayaguez


The Criollos de Caguas took a 3 games to 2 lead in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico Championship over the Indios de Mayaguez with a 4-2 win.

The big blow for Caguas came in the 4th inning with the team down 1-0 when Johnny Monell (1-for-3) blasted a 2-run home run. The home run gave Caguas the lead which they would never surrender.

Caguas would pick up two more runs in the 5th inning on a 2-out, 2-run double by Carlos Rivera (2-for-3). That would be all that Caguas would need as they got a great start from Michael Nix (W, 2-1), who pitched with independent Sugar Land of the Atlantic League in 2012.

Nix went 6 innings allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 6 to pick up the win. Saul Rivera (S, 6) picked up the save with a perfect 9th inning. Matt DeSalvo, another Atlantic League pitcher in 2012, took the loss tossing 4.2 innings allowing 4 runs on 3 hits.

The win snaps a two game losing streak for Caguas in the championship series. Game 6 will take place on Friday January 25. Caguas is just one win away from a trip to the Caribbean Series.

LBPRC Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Game 2: Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 1
Game 4: Caguas 5, Mayaguez 6
Game 5: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 4
Game 6: 01/25 8:00 pm
*Game 7: 01/26 7:15 pm
*if necessary

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LBPRC: Mayaguez Evens Series at Two Games


The Indios de Mayaguez evened the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico Championship at 2 games apiece with a 6-5 11 inning victory over the Criollos de Caguas.

Caguas, down 5-4 in the 9th inning, tied the game on a Miguel Abreu (2-for-4/2 RBI) ground out scoring Jorge Padilla (2-for-2) who had singled earlier in the inning.

Mayaguez won the game tying the series on a fielding error by Caguas shortstop Luis Mateo allowing Juan Silva (1-for-1), who walked, to score. Mayaguez picked up 10 hits in the game with 6 of them being doubles. Irving Falu (2-for-6) was the only one to pick up more than 1 hit.

Myaguez starter Giancarlo Alvarado pitched well going 5 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits but didn’t factor into the decision. Josh Walter (W, 2-1) picked up the win with 2 innings of scoreless relief.

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LBPRC: Mayaguez Takes Game 3 Over Caguas; Trails 2-1 in Series


In front of 7,800 hostile fans, Mayaguez jumped out to a 2-0 lead after half an inning in Game 3 of the LBPRC Championship Series with Caguas, and they made it hold up to inch back into the series.

Dodgers farmhand Aaron Miller got the start and threw 3.1 innings walking 3 and giving up only 1 unearned run. He wouldn’t factor into the decision, but he was followed by six relievers who held the score at 2-1 the rest of the way. Randy Fontanez (W, 2-0) picked up the win with 3 innings of scoreless relief following Miller. Julio DePaula (S, 1) picked up his first save.

Daniel Ortiz and Rudy Ruiz provided the scoring punch as each hit a solo home run in the top of the 1st inning providing for all of the scoring for Caguas.

Former MLB pitcher Javier Vazquez (L, 2-1) took to the hill for Caguas and pitched well taking the loss. Vazquez pitched 5 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits but couldn’t stay away from the long ball. He is preparing himself for the WBC where he will play for Puerto Rico.

The best-of-seven series is now led by Caguas 2-1.

LBPRC Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Game 2: Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3: Mayaguez 2, Caguas 1
Game 4: 01/22 7:15 pm
Game 5: 01/23 7:15 pm
*Game 6: 01/25 8:00 pm
*Game 7: 01/26 7:15 pm
*if necessary

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LBPRC: Caguas Takes Two Game Lead Over Mayaguez in Puerto Rico


The Puerto Rico Winter League (Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente or LBPRCFinals have begun between the Indios de Mayaguez (Mayaguez Indians) and the Criollos de Caguas (Caguas Creoles).

The Criollos de Caguas have taken a 2-0 lead in the finals after a 3-1 victory in Game 2.

Game 1 saw Caguas hold off a 8th inning comeback attempt by Mayaguez to win 5-4. Henry Ramos and Ramon Castro led the way offensively for Caguas each going 3-for-4. Cole McCurry (W, 1-0) picked up the win pitching an inning of relief. Saul Rivera (S, 4)  came in to close the game in the 9th for his 4th save.

Offensively for Mayaguez Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Giancarlo Alvarado (L, 1-1) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings giving up 11 hits and 4 runs.

Caguas took Game 2 as well behind a strong performance by starter Kelvin Villa (W, 1-1) who went 7.2 innings allowing just 1 run on 2 hits while striking out 10. Designated hitter Johnny Monell (2-for-4) provided a solo home run in the 2nd inning. Carlos Rivera added 3 hits of his own as Caguas took a 2 game lead. Saul Rivera (S, 5) came in to close it out again.

Mayaguez starter Jeremy Kehrt (L, 1-2) took the loss lasting 5 innings giving up 3 runs. The Indians only managed 4 hits in the game, all singles.

Game 3 will be Sunday afternoon at 4:15 pm. The Indians have an uphill battle if they are to defend their title from a year ago and return to the Caribbean Series.

LBPRC Schedule and Results

Mayaguez 4, Caguas 5
Caguas 3, Mayaguez 1
Game 3 Sunday 1/20
Game 4 Tuesday 1/22
*Game 5 Wednesday 1/23
*Game 6 Friday 1/25
*Game 7 Saturday 1/26
*if necessary

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