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Pinar del Rio Baseball team to Receive National Flag

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Pinar del Rio Baseball team to Receive National FlagHAVANA, Cuba, Jan 28 (acn) The team of Pinar del Río that will represent Cuba at the upcoming Caribbean Baseball Series will receive the flag today in that western territory, in salute to the 162nd anniversary of the birth of the National hero José Martí.

Coached by Alfonso Urquiola, the squad of 28 players makes a brief period of training at Pinar del Rio´s Capitan San Luis park, on the eve of its departure next January 31 to the Puerto Rican city of San Juan, headquarters of the Caribbean classic from February 2 to 8.

Made up by three catchers, nine infielders, seven outfielders and nine pitchers, the Pinar del Río Vegueros will be the trump card of Cuba in its second consecutive appearance in the Caribbean Series, again as guest country.

In the qualifying phase (February 2 to 5), the Cuban side will debut against the representative of Mexico, the next day they will rival the Dominican Republic to then face the hosts, finishing versus Venezuela.

The first four teams will play on Saturday, February 7th the semifinals, and the winners of those matches will fight for the gold medal on Sunday 8th to be held, like all the matches, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cuba ranked last on its return to the Caribbean Baseball Series, after half a century of absence, with one win and three defeats in the event held early last year in Margarita Island, Venezuela, where the winner team was Mexico's Hermosillo Naranjeros.

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