Saturday, August 26, 2006

Cuba Opens Baseball Tournament with Adiel Palma
"We’ve got a team ready to win a birth in the [Beijing] Olympics, with strong pitching, excellent defense, clutch hitting and most importantly, tremendous inspiration on the field," said the manager of the Cuban national baseball team at a press conference on Thursday.
The Olympic qualifying event hosted by Cuba gets underway Friday evening with a lone night game between Cuba and Colombia.
Cuba, competing in Group A of the two group event that will determine two qualifiers from the Americas for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, announced lefthander Adiel Palma as its starting pitcher.
The Cuban manager said that if the Colombian starter is a righthander he will use a lineup with Eduardo Paret SS, Michel Enriquez 3B, Yulieski Gouriell 2B, Alexander Mayeta 1B, Frederich Cepeda in LF, Ariel Pestano C, Osmani Urrutia DH, Alexei Ramirez RF and Giorvis Duvergel in center. "It’s a fast team with three left handed batters, a lineup that did well in Cartegena" [the site of the recent Central American and Caribbean Games].
Two noticeable absences on the Cuban team are outfielder Yoandry Garlobo and pitcher Yadel Marti who both played extremely well in the World Baseball Classic in March, but poorly in the Cartegena Games. Coach Benito Camacho said Garlobo was not up to par in practice and Yadel is still not fully recovered from a shoulder injury.
The opening game between Cuba and Colombia will be preceded by an inauguration ceremony of the Pre-Olympic Tournament, which features a tribute to more than 70 stars of Cuban baseball since the 1959 revolution.


Blogger Peter said...

Now this is good news to see... What a great thing if the Cuban team win gold in Beijing. Very interesting blog you have with insights that are very interesting to someone from the other side of the world - and in English too. Keep up the great effort, Peter NZ

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