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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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Aguilas de Zulia Win LVBP Championship, Advance to Caribbean Series


The Aguilas de Zulia took down the Cardenales de Lara in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship yesterday. The 5-2 victory sealed Zulia’s seventh title and gives them a spot in the 2017 Caribbean Series.

The Aguilas rode the right arm of Mitch Lively to the win. Lively tossed 7.0 innings allowing just one run on two hits. He struck out five to pick up his second win. Raul Rivero (L, 0-3) did not pitch terrible but took the loss giving up three runs over 7.0 innings.

The offense for Zulia was jump started in the bottom of the 1st inning with a 2-run home run by Jose Pirela (1-for-3). Endy Chavez (2-for-2) chipped in with a RBI and was the only Zulia hitter with more than one hit.

Jesus Montero (1-for-4) and Carlos Rivero (1-for-4) both hit solo home runs for the only runs that Lara would score. The Cardenales only managed 4 hits the entire game.

Zulia will travel to Culiacan, Mexico to try and pick up their 3rd Caribbean Series title. They will open up on Thursday February 2 against Puerto Rico.

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Aguilas de Zulia 1 Game Away from LVBP Championship


The Aguilas de Zulia moved game closer to taking home the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship. Zulia took Game 3 by a score of 8-7 to move within a game of moving onto the Caribbean Series. The Cardenales de Lara are now down to must win games to stay alive.

It was an exciting finish going into extra innings tied at 5. Lara pulled ahead in the top of the 8th 5-4 only to see Zulia tie the game in the bottom half of the inning on a Mario Lisson solo home run.

Lara would go onto score 2 runs in the top of the 10th only to see Zulia come back and score 3 for the walk off win.

Jesus Montero, who last played in the big leagues in 2015, led Lara offensively going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs batted in. Rangel Ravelo (2-for-4) and Juniel Querecuto (2-for-4) both chipped in with a pair of hits for Lara.

Ronny Cedeno (2-for-3) hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning finishing the game with 3 RBI and a stolen base. Jose Pirela (2-for-5), Alex Romero (2-for-4), and Jesus Flores (2-for-4) led Zulia at the plate. But the biggest hit of the night came from Ali Castillo on a line drive to center to score Jordany Valdespin with the walk off winner.

Zulia will look to finish off the series Tuesday night to try and advance to the Caribbean Series.

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Aguilas de Zulia Take 2-0 Lead in LVBP Championship Series


The Aguilas de Zulia once again pounced on the Cardenales de Lara in the Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP Championship Series. Zulia now leads the best-of-7 series 2-0.

Zulia started off well with a single run in the 1st and 2nd innings then exploded for three in the 3rd which was more than enough. The bottom of the order really led the way for the Aguilas in Game 2. The no. 6-9 hitters all had two hits apiece to pace the 13 hit attack. No other hitter had more than one for Zulia. They also each drove in at least two runs, with eight hole hitter Jordany Valdespin (2-for-5) driving in a game high three.

Wil Ledezma (W, 1-0) pitched well for Zulia starting and going six strong. He allowed just 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4 to pick up the win. Lara starter Jorge Martinez (L, 2-1) took the loss going just 2.2 innings.

The bright spot for Lara hitting wise was Gustavo Molina who went 3-for-3.

Game 3 will be tomorrow night (Monday, 1/23) as Lara looks to try and get back in the series.

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Winter Leagues: Zulia Leads Lara in Venezuelan Championships


The Liga Venezolana Beisbol Profesional or LVBP started its championship series this weekend. Playing in the finals with a chance to advance to the Caribbean Series are the Arguilas del Zulia and Cardenales de Lara.

The seven game championship series began today, Friday January 20. It will continue through Saturday January 28 with the final three games only as needed.

Game 1 was dominated by the visiting Zulia 12-2. The game stayed close for the first five innings with Zulia ahead just 3-2, but the Aguilas bats got hot in the sixth inning scoring eight runs.

After Lara starter Raul Rivero gave up a lead off triple in the sixth, he was pulled for reliever Franklin Morales. However, Morales failed to get any of the three hitters he faced out. Morales promptly hit Alex Romero putting two runners on base. He then was plagued by a defensive miscue, Lara would commit two errors allowing six unearned runs, that allowed Jose Pirela to score from third. Morales followed that up by plunking the next hitter too in Jordany Valdespin before being yanked. It would take Lara four pitchers to get out of the sixth but not before they gave up eight runs.

Endy Chavez (2-for-4) homered for Zulia. Six hitters for Zulia had multiple hits including Freddy Galvis with four from the lead off spot. Mitch Lively pitched well for the Aguilas to pick up the win going seven innings allowing just two earned runs on six hits.

Game 2 of the series is tomorrow (1/21) at 5:30 PM. The probable starters for tomorrow’s game include Wil Ledezma for Zulia and Jorge Martinez for Lara.

The champion will advance to the 2017 Caribbean Series where Zulia would be in search of its third title with the last coming in 1989. The Aguilas last won the LVBP in 2000. The Cardenales de Lara last won the LVBP in 2001 but have never won a Caribbean Series title.

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LVBP: Magallanes Win Game 6 to Force Winner Take All Game 7


The San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval drove in three runs with a home run in the 4th inning to help the Navegantes del Magallanes to a win in Game 6 of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League or Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional (LVBP) Championship Series over the Cardenales de Lara. The win tied the series at three games apiece forcing a Game 7.

The Navegantes did it with power. Sandoval’s (1-for-4) home run made the score 7-2 putting the game out of reach. Mario Lisson (1-for-4) drove in three runs as well with a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. The Texas Rangers Elvis Andrus (1-for-2) added a RBI single in the 2nd inning to finish off that inning’s scoring as the Navegantes put up four runs.

Gustavo Chacin (W, 3-2) picked up the win tossing five innings allowing just two runs on three hits. Maximo Nelson (L, 2-1) took the loss. Nelson lasted just 3.2 innings giving up six runs on five hits and four walks.

The Cleveland Indians’ Luis Valbuena (1-for-3) homered for Lara in the loss.

The win forces a Game 7 with the winner heading to the Caribbean Series.

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LVBP: Venezuela Series Tied at Two Games with Magallanes Winning Game 4


The Navegantes del Magallanes have tied up the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Championship Series at two games apiece with a 6-5 win over the Cardenales de Lara on Saturday night.

The Magallanes held off a late inning comeback from Lara to tied the series in a game they really needed to win.

Each team collected 13 hits, but the Magallanes added a pair of home runs in the win. Hector Gimenez (2-for-5) blasted a solo shot in the 2nd inning, and Eliezer Alfonzo (2-for-5) hit his 5th home run of the year in the 4th inning.

Deolis Guerra (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief tossing two scoreless innings. Enrique Gonzalez (S, 3) picked up the save with 1.1 innings of relief work. Yohan Pino (L, 0-1) took the loss pitching three innings giving up three runs on six hits.

Yangervis Solarte (4-for-5) had a big day for Lara picking up four hits and driving in two runs. Ernesto Mejia (2-for-5) and Luis Valbuena (2-for-5) both drove in a run for Lara.

The best-of-seven series will resume on Monday the 28th.

LVBP Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Lara 2, Magallanes 5
Game 2: Lara 3, Magallanes 0
Game 3: Magallanes 2, Lara 4
Game 4: Magallanes 6, Lara 5
Series tied at 2
Game 5: 01/28 7:30 p.m.
Game 6: 01/29 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: 01/30 7:30 p.m.
*if necessary

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LVBP: Lara Takes 2-1 Lead in Venezuelan Series


The Cardenales de Lara have taken a 2-1 lead in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League Championship Series with a pair of wins in Games 2 and 3 over the Navegantes del Magallanes.

Game 2 Lara 3, Magallanes 0

Maximo Nelson (W, 2-0) picked up the win for Lara going 5 scoreless  innings allowing just 5 hits.  The Lara bullpen did the rest as four pitchers combined to shut down Magallanes the rest of the way allowing just two more hits. Victor Moreno (S, 3) picked up the save working the 9th inning.

The Cardenales offense was provided by Gabriel Noriega (2-for-3) who scored a run and drove in another. Luis Valbuena (1-for-4) hit a solo home run in the 3-run 5th for Lara.

Gustavo Chacin (L, 2-2) took the loss pitching 4.2 innings giving up all 3 runs on 5 hits.

Game 3 Magallanes 2, Lara 4

Lara got more good pitching to take their second game in a row. This time it came from Raul Rivero (W, 2-0) who went 5.2 scoreless innings giving up just 2 hits. Lara kept Magallanes off the scoreboard until the 9th inning when Victor Moreno gave up back-t0-back solo home runs to Elvis Andrus (1-for-3) and Pablo Sandoval (1-for-4).

But it was too little too late as Lara got RBIs from Luis Jiminez (1-for-2), Luis Valbuena (2-for-3 / 2 doubles), and Jose Yepez (2-for-4) to pick up the win and the lead in the series.

Game 4 will be Saturday night.

LVBP Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Lara 2, Magallanes 5
Game 2: Lara 3, Magallanes 0
Game 3: Magallanes 2, Lara 4
Cardenales de Lara lead series 2-1
Game 4: 01/26 6:00 p.m.
Game 5: 01/28 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: 01/29 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: 01/30 7:30 p.m.
*if necessary
*if necessary

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LVBP: Magallanes Wins Game One of Venezuelan Championship Series


The Navegantes del Magallanes took Game 1 of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League or Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional (LVBP) over Cardenales de Lara winning 5-2.

Miami Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano (W, 2-0) tossed 5 innings allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits to earn the win for Magallanes. Enrique Gonzalez (S, 2), who pitched in the NPB in 2012 with the Seibu Lions, picked up the save tossing 1.1 innings of relief.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Ken Ray (L, 1-2), who has pitched in Taiwan the past few seasons, took the loss. In six innings, Ray gave up 5 runs on 12 hits.

Pablo Sandaval (3-for-4) doubled and drove in 2 runs for Magallanes. Endy Chavez (2-for-4) scored twice and drove in a run with a home run in the 5th inning. Juan Rivera (2-for-4) also homered for Magallanes in the win.

Paulo Orlando led the way offensively for Lara going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Luis Jimenez (2-for-5) added a RBI in the loss.

LVBP Championship Schedule:

Game 1: Lara 2, Magallanes 5
Navegantes del Magallanes lead series 1-0
Game 2: 01/24 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: 01/25 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: 01/26 6:00 p.m.
*Game 5: 01/28 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: 01/29 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: 01/30 7:30 p.m.
*if necessary

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