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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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Tigres del Licey win 22nd LIDOM Championship


The Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Domincana or LIDOM went a full 9 games this past week as the Tigres del Licey pulled off a 6-2 victory over the Aguilas Cibaenas to win the title. After going up 4-games-to-2, Licey fell twice as the Aguilas forced a decisive 9th game.

Going to the hill in the winner-take-all game was Cesar Valdez (W, 4-0) for Licey. Valdez tossed 5.0 shutout innings giving up just 2 hits while striking out 5. He picked up the win and held the Aguilas off long enough for the Tigres bats to come alive. For his efforts, Valdez was named MVP.

Leading just 1-0 heading into the top of the 6th, the Tigres bats exploded for 5 runs. Lead off hitter Mel Rojas Jr. (0-for-4) walked to start the inning. After Diory Hernandez (0-for-5) flew out to center, Samuel Deduno was pulled in favor of fellow reliever Juan Grullon. Grullon was rudely greeted by Engel Beltre (2-for-4) who promptly doubled to right putting runners at 2nd and 3rd. Grullon then walked Rossmel Perez to load the bases. Then to put the Tigres up on top big, Emilio Bonifacio (2-for-4) doubled to left scoring all three runners on base. And that would do it on the day for Grullon after he failed to get an out and gave up 3 runs on 2 hits.

Licey would go on to add 2 more runs in the inning to go up 6-0 before the Aguilas would add 2 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Sergio Alcantara wound up setting the stage well going 4-for-5 in the lead off spot for Licey. He drove in 2 and scored 1.

Licey now heads to Culiacan, Mexico for the 2017 Caribbean Series where they will face off with Cuba in its first match on Wednesday February 1st.

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Licey and Cibaenas Fight for LIDOM Title and Spot in Caribbean Series


The Liga de Beisbol Profesional de la Republica Dominicana or the Dominican Republic Professional Baseball League is wrapping up its season with the championship series. The Tigres del Licey are facing off with the Aguilas Cibaenas for the right to represent the Dominican in the Caribbean Series.

Game 1 saw the Aguilas defeat Licey 4-3. Zolio Almonte tied up the game in the 6th inning at 3 with a two-run home run off of Licey starter Yohan Flande (5.2 IP/3 ER/7 hits). Francisco Pena (1-for-3) would give the Aguilas the lead for good in the 7th inning with a RBI single to right scoring Jose Constanza (1-for-1).

However Licey bounced back after the Game 1 loss to score a victory in Game 2. Again the game was tied heading into the latter innings, this time it would be the Tigres that would come out on top.  With one out Aguilas first baseman Kennys Vargas committed an error allowing Mel Rojas Jr to reach base and Yamaico Navarro to score the go-ahead run. Diory Hernandez followed that up with a sac fly to put the lead at 4-2 where it would stay.

The two teams will look to represent the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. The Aguilas have won the LIDOM Championship twenty times with the last coming in 2008. They also own five Caribbean Series titles. The Tigres del Licey are the most decorated team in LIDOM and Caribbean Series history. They own 21 LIDOM titles and a total of 10 Caribbean Series titles, the last coming in 2008 when two LIDOM teams played in the Series.

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LIDOM: Escogido Earns Trip Back to Caribbean Series


The Leones de Escogido completed the sweep of the Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League Finals (Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana or LIDOM).

Escogido needed 11 innings in Game 4 to pick up the win as Jesus Feliciano (2-for-6) scored on a throwing error by Miguel Tejada. Feliciano started the inning off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Ramon Santiago (1-for-5). After Starling Marte (2-for-5) was intentionally walked, Mauro Gomez (0-for-5) reached on a force attempt when Tejada threw the ball away.

All three runs scored by Escogido were unearned due to three errors by the Aguilas.

In the loss Tejada and Elian Herrera both picked up three hits.

Neither starter lasted five innings with the Aguilas Dustin Richardson tossing 4.2 innings giving up a pair of unearned runs on three hits while striking out five. The Escogido starter Daniel Cabrera tossed four innings giving up one unearned run on three hits.

Nelson Payano (W, 2-0) picked up the win tossing just 0.1 innings in relief. Juan Sandoval (L, 0-2) took the loss pitching just 0.1 innings in relief giving up one hit, walking one, and giving up one unearned run.

Escogido 3, Aguilas 0

Kris Johnson (W, 2-1) tossed six innings giving up just four hits and striking out five to pick up the win as Escogido shut out the Aguilas to complete the sweep. Fernando Rodney (S, 1) earned the save. Marco Tovar (L, 0-2) took the loss pitching just two innings allowing just two runs (1 unearned).

Fernando Tatis (3-for-3) drove in three runs including one with a solo home run in the 7th inning. Starling Marte (2-for-4) added a couple hits as well in the win.

Hector Luna (3-for-4) played well for the Aguilas picking up three of the five hits for his team.

This was the second year in a row that Escogido defeated the Aguilas in the finals to advance to the Caribbean Series. They will now travel to Hermosillo, Mexico to defend their Caribbean Series title from a year ago.

LIDOM Schedule:

Game 1: Escogido 10, Aguilas 7
Game 2: Aguilas 5, Escogido 8
Game 3: Escogido 9, Aguilas 0
Game 4: Aguilas 2, Escogido 3
Game 5: Escogido 3, Aguilas 0
Escogido wins series 5-0

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LIDOM: Escogido Sweeps Aguilas to Earn Caribbean Series Birth


The Leones de Escogido swept the Aguilas Cibaenas to earn another LIDOM Championship. It is their 2nd straight and 3rd in the past 4 years. The win earns them a trip back to the Caribbean Series where they will defend their title from a year ago.

After winning the first 3 games, Escogido needed 11 innings and a throwing error by Aguilas shortstop Miguel Tejada to win Game 4.

Escogido got a big game from starter and Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Kris Johnson (W, 2-1) who went 6 shutout innings giving up only 4 hits while striking out 5 to pick up the win. Fernando Rodney (S, 1) picked up the save with a scoreless 9th.

Third baseman Fernando Tatis (3-for-3) homered and drove in 3 runs for Escogido. Tatis drove in a pair of runs in the 2nd inning with a double, then finished off the scoring in the 7th with a solo home run.

Marco Tovar (L, 0-2) took the loss starting and lasting only 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. Hector Luna picked up 3 hits in the loss for Aguilas.

With the series win, Escogido qualifies for the Caribbean Series to take place in Hermosillo, Mexico from February 1-7, 2013.

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LIDOM: Escogido Takes Three Game Lead in Dominican Series


The Leones de Escogido took a big step toward a return trip to the Caribbean Series on Sunday with a 9-0 win over Aguilas Cibaenas to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-nine series.

Escogido was led by new Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Nelson Figueroa (W, 2-3) who pitched 8 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 7 .

Jorge Cantu hit a 2-run home run, his first with Escogido after spending most of the offseason with Hermossillo of the Mexican Pacific League. Jordany Valdespin (2-for-4) and Ramon Santiago (1-for-4) drove in two runs apiece as well as Escogido pounded out 14 hits.

Seth Etherton (L, 0-1) took the loss for Aguilas lasting just 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on the Cantu home run.

LIDOM Schedule:

Game 1: Escogido 10, Aguilas 7
Game 2: Aguilas 5, Escogido 8
Game 3: Escogido 9, Aguilas 0
Game 4: 01/21 5pm
Game 5: 01/22 7:30pm
*Game 6: 01/24 7:30pm
*Game 7: 01/25 7:20pm
*Game 8: 01/26 5pm
*Game 9: 01/27 5pm
*if necessary

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LIDOM: Escogido Takes 2-0 Lead in Dominican Series


The Dominican Winter League Finals ( Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana or LIDOM) started on Friday night. The best-of-nine series pits the Leones del Escogido against the Aguilas Cibaenas after the two teams finished in the top two spots in the round robin portion of the playoffs.

In Game 1, Escogido needed extra innings to take down Aguilas 10-7 in 10 innings. Escogido blew a 2-run lead late in the game as Aguilas scored a single run in the 8th and 9th innings to send it to extra frames.

Jesus Feliciano led the way for Escogido offensively picking up 3 hits, scoring twice, and driving in 2 more runs. Starling Marte added a pair of RBI as Escogido took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Several hitters for Aguilas picked up more than one hit including Manny Ramirez and Miguel Tejado who drove in the tying run in the 9th inning with a sacrifice fly.

Game 2 was more of the same as Escogido took a 2-0 lead in the series behind Starling Marte’s 3 hits. Feliciano added another two hits bringing his average to .625 for the championship series. First baseman Jorge Cantu and catcher Wilkin Castillo both added a pair of RBI to help Escogido.

Leury Garcia went 3-for-4 for Aguilas but the bit blow came from Hector Luna who hit a 3-run home run in the 3rd inning.

Marco Tovar (L, 0-1) took the loss, while Jose Cobos (W, 3-1) picked up the victory in relief. Jhonny Nunez (S, 4) picked up his 4th save as well as Escogido won 8-5.

The Leones del Escogido are looking to get back to the Caribbean Series again to defend their title from a year ago.

Game 3 is set for Sunday January 20th at 5pm local time.

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Dominican Winter League Coming to an End


With the Caribbean Series coming up in Mexico starting February 1st, the Dominican Winter League is coming to an end.

After the regular season finished on December 21, the top four teams advanced to the round robin playoffs. The playoffs are almost finished as well as with it coming down to the wire.

Each team has 3 games left during the round robin with the winner advancing to the Caribbean Series. Currently the Aguilas Cibaenas and the Leones del Escogido are tied atop the league at 9-6. However, only a game behind are the Toros del Este at 8-7.

Round Robin Top Hitters

Mauro Gomez (Escogido) is leading  with 5 home runs. Manny Ramirez (Aguilas) is second with 4.

Hector Luna (Aguilas) is the leader in RBI with 13. Mauro Gomez is second with 12.

Jordany Valdespin (Escogido) leads with 8 stolen bases and 27 hits.

Round Robin Top Pitchers

Edward Valdez (Escogido) leads with 4 wins and 26.1 innings pitched. He has also posted an ERA of 0.68.

Joel Peralta (Aguilas) is the leader with 3 saves.

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