2018 Caribbean Series: Cuba tops Venezuela in Caribbean Series opener

The Caribbean Series began Friday, with games between Cuba and Venezuela during the afternoon and a Mexico-Puerto Rico matchup in the nightcap.

The Cuban team, seeking its first Caribbean Series title since 2015, defeated Venezuela, 6-4, in the first game of the Caribbean Series on Friday.

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Cuba Announces Caribbean Series Roster

Cuba has announced its roster for the Caribbean Series, which begins on Feb. 2 in the city of Jalisco in Mexico. 

The team is technically Granma, the Cuban National Series champion, but it is reinforced with players from other Cuban clubs. 

The roster includes two catchers, ten infielders, four outfielders, and 11 pitchers.

The best player of the team is outfielder Alfredo Despaigne. He has been playing in Japan for the last four seasons and last year, playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, led the Pacific League in homeruns with 35. 

2018 Postseason: Granma Repeats as Cuban Champions

Danel Castro hit a walk off grand slam homerun to give Las Tunas a 6-2 win in game six to send the Cuban championship to a final game seven. Jose Garcia pitched two innings of shutout relief to get the win. Vladimir Banos pitched a solid seven innings for Las Tunas, allowing just one earned run.

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2018 Postseason: Stallions pound Woodcutters 11-5, take 3-2 Cuban Finals lead

The Stallions are now just one win away from the Cuban title, despite trailing this series 2-0 at one point.

Granma came away with a 11-5 win in Game 5 of the Cuban Finals, taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. They are now one win away from their second Cuban title. 

With the Stallions down 2-0 in the series to the Woodcutters, Alain Sánchez y Raidel Martínez were key, helping them win Game 3, 10-6, and start their three-game winning streak to shock the second best team during the regular-season. 

2018 Postseason: Stallions tie up series with 4-2 win over Woodcutters

The home team continues to hold serve with the 4-2 Granma win over Las Tunas on Wednesday night at Mártires de Barbados Stadium, to even the Cuban Finals series at two games apiece. 

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Granma rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth off Las Tunas closer Jose A. García to erase a 2-1 deficit.

2018 Postseason: Stallions come from behind to beat Woodcuters in Game 3

Following a couple frustrating losses to begin the 2018 Cuban Finals, the Stallions snagged a much-needed 10-6 win over the Woodcutters in Game 3 on Tuesday night at Mártires de Barbados Stadium in Granma. Their series deficit is now cut in half before Wednesday night’s Game 4. 

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Raúl González slugged a three run homer to close out a six run first inning to lead Granma to a 10-6 win. 

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