Language can be quirky, change one vowel and you go from Affluence to Effluence. Cuban naming traditions are also quirky, change one vowel or consonant and you go from a power hitting third baseman to a rangy outfielder. Such is the case with Adonis Garcia (Atlanta Braves) and his brother Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals) or Yulieski Gurriel (Houston Astros) and his brother Yuniesky Gurriel (Free Agent) or Yoenis Cespedes (New York Mets) and his half brother Yoelkis Cespedes (Granma, Cuba), you get the point.
Cuban National Team
Team USA venció a Cuba 4-0 en el Coleman Field de la ciudad de Cary en la noche de este martes, en la segunda presentación de ambos elencos en el Festival de las Américas, preparatorio para el torneo beisbolero de los Juegos Panamericanos de Toronto.
Cuba’s national baseball team was unable to contain Team USA batting on Saturday, losing by a lopsided 11-1 game in North Carolina. The US university selection guaranteed a best of five series victory with its third win in the first four games.
Cuba’s pitchers had allowed only allowed 5 runs in the three previous games, losing 2-0 twice and winning 5-1 in game three.
With a convincing win in Game Three of their exhibition series, Cuba’s baseball fans were all smiles on Friday night after their national team woke up after suffering through back-to-back 2-0 shutouts including a no-hitter.
Doubles by Yorbis Borroto and Alexander Malleta broke the ice in the first inning off USA starter and losing piticher Mike Shawaryn. Singles by Rudy Reyes, Yulexis La Rossa and Yordan Manduley put the game at 2-0 in the second.
The Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday its team of 24 players for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games to be held from Nov. 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.
There were some notorious absences from the squad of several players with good stats in the current Cuban baseball season. These include Pinar del Rio shortstop Luis A. Valdes, Guantanamo outfielder Giorvis Duvergel, and pitchers Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas) and Jose Angel Garcia (Artemisa).