12/25/13 - Xinhua - Cuba, Mexico to open 2014 Caribbean Series
HAVANA, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- Cuba will play Mexico in the opening baseball
game of the 2014 Caribbean Series, to be held from Feb. 1 to 8 in the
Venezuelan resort of Margarita Island, Cuban media reported Tuesday.
After playing Mexico, Cuba's national team goes on to play Venezuela on
Feb. 2, the Dominican Republic on Feb. 3 and Puerto Rico on Feb. 4,
according to the report.
Cuba, which returns to the series as a guest next year after an absence of
53 years, will be represented by its team from Villa Clara, champion of
Cuba's National Series.
The Caribbean Series will pit each team against all the others in a single
round, with the four top-scoring teams going on to the semifinal and
finally the top two teams playing each other in the final.
Cuba won seven of the first 12 editions of the tournament, which began in
1949, but stopped competing in 1960, after the revolutionary government of
Fidel Castro banned professional sports, a policy that is now being
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