The second semifinal best-of-seven series of the Cuban Baseball Playoffs got underway this afternoon with host Granma slugging its way to a 9-2 win over Ciego de Avila. This evening Matanzas, which won its first game 11-1 Tuesday night, hosts game two vs. Isla de la Juventud.
The Matanzas Crocodiles defeated the Isla de la Juventud Pirates 11-1 in seven innings, on Tuesday night at Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas, on Game 1 of the 2015 Cuba semifinals.
The Crocodiles won this game just like they've been winning all season, small ball and pitching.
Isla de la Juventud completed a three-game sweep of Industriales Thursday night with a 6-5 win at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana.
The Pirates (49-38) extended their current win streak to six games (8 of last 10) and advance to the 2015 Cuban Postseason for the first time since 2009 during the 48 National Series.
The reigning champs, Pinar del Río, were officially eliminated from the playoff.
The Pirates, who has never won a Cuban National Championship, will visit the Matanzas Crocodiles in Game One of the NS Semifinals on Tuesday night.
Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who was the major leagues’ first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.
The Boston Red Sox reportedly have landed the latest free-agent prize out of Cuba, coming to terms with 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder Yoan Moncada.
Moncada's representative David Hastings said there is no signed agreement yet but anticipates it will be done soon. A Red Sox team source also told ESPNBoston.com that no deal had been reached.
While the Yoan Moncada deal represents a coup for the Red Sox, it's also a very big and expensive gamble, writes Gordon Edes. Story
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday that the two international baseball powers will continue their home-and-home international friendship series in the U.S. this July. 2015 will mark the fourth consecutive year the two countries have met on the baseball diamond for a five-game series. The U.S. hosted in 2013, while Cuba hosted the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012 and 2014.