2018 Postseason: Woodcutters Overcome Rain, and Stallions, in Cuban Finals Game 1

In the first Cuban Finals game played at Julio A. Mella Stadium, after a long rain delay and with 15,000 fans, assorted players and media on hand, The Las Tunas Woodcutters topped the Granma Stallions 6-5 in Game 1 of the series.

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Game 2 starts at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Mella stadium. RHP Yariel Rodríguez will pitch for Las Tunas and LHP Ulfrido García will be on the mound for Granma.

2018 Postseason: Woodcutters oust Lions in historic Game 7 to advance to their first Cuban Final

The roars began on the first pitch thrown by Luis A. Gómez in Game 7 of the Cuban Semifinals Series, and they didn't stop. Solo homer by Yosvany Alarcón and a two-run shot by Rafael Viñales, both in the fifth inning, sent the Julio A. Mella stadium into a frenzy.

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The party was just getting started.

2018 Postseason: Woodcutters beat Lions 6-3 to force Game 7 of Semifinal Series

Las Tunas’s closer José A. García pitched two shutout innings and Rafael Viñales drove in the decisive run in the eighth during a 6-3 victory over the industrials Lions on Tuesday night that extended the Cuban Semifinals Series to a decisive Game 7.

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Game 7 is Wednesday night in Las Tunas, with the winner advancing to the Cuban Finals against the 2017 champion Granma Stallions.

2018 Postseaon: Casanova Dominant in Complete-Game Gem As Industriales Beat Las Tunas 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead

The Industriales Lions didn't need any more late-inning dramatics.

They scored early and late this time, and Erlys Casanova did the rest to put the Lions one step closer of the Cuban National Series Finals.

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Casanova had just held the Woodcutters to two runs and three hits in Industriales’s 4-2 victory on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Cuban Semifinals in front of 42,639 at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana. 

2018 Postseason: Lions shut out Woodcutters in Cuban Semifinals Game 3, take a 2-1 lead in the series

On Thursday night in Havana and in front of a delirant crowd of 54,570, the Lions defeated the Woodcutters by a score of 4-0 in Game 3 of the 2018 Cuban Semifinals. The Lions now lead the Woodcutters 2-1 in the best of seven series.

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2018 Postseason: Granma Reaches Cuban Finals

The defending champion Granma Stallions have advanced to the finals after beating Matanzas 4-2 in game five of their best of seven series.

2018 Cuban Semifinals, Game 5:

Granma Stallions 4, Matanzas Crocodiles 2

Granma Reaches Cuban Finals

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Japan Retains Number One Ranking in Baseball

The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking.

For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. Cuba remains number five place, 355 points ahead of México. 

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