Saturday, January 21, 2006

Cuba: Baseball All Stars for Sunday's Game

Havana, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Players included in the Western and Eastern teams for the All-Star Game of the 45th Cuban National Baseball Series will step on base at Havana´s Latin American Stadium next Sunday.

Directed by manager Rey Vicente Anglada, Western Stars infielders are made up by aces Enrique Diaz (Industriales), Michel Enriquez (Isle of Youth) and Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spiritus), the two latter considered among the best three players of Cuba.

Other infielders are Juan Carlos Moreno (Isle of Youth), Luis Felipe Rivera (Isle of Youth), Jorge Padron (Pinar del Rio), Dainniel Galvez (Isle of Youth) and Michel Rodriguez (La Habana).

The outfield is led by four members of the last Cuban national selection, Industriales Yoandry Urgelles and Carlos Tabares, Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spiritus) and Alexei Ramirez (Pinar del Rio).

Serguey Perez (Industriales) and Jose Dariel Correa (Cienfuegos) will make their debut in this type of game.

Three quality catchers will guide the Western pitchers. They are Eriel Sanchez (Sancti Spiritus), Jokel Gil (Metropolitanos) and Vladimir Garcia (Isle of Youth).

Pitching combines experienced hurlers Pedro Luis Lazo (Pinar del Rio), Yadel Marti (Industriales) and Carlos Llanes (Isle of Youth) and youth Maicel Diaz (Industriales), Noelvis Hernandez (Sancti Spiritus), Yadier Pedroso (La Habana), Deynis Suarez (Industriales), Vladimir Baños (Pinar del Rio) and Yosvani Perez (Cienfuegos).

Yoandry Garlobo, from Matanzas, will be the designated hitter.

The Eastern Stars selection appears as strong as that of the West.

Powerful hitters Rolando Meriño (Santiago de Cuba), Luis A Ferrales (Granma) and Ariel Pestano (Villa Clara) will be the catchers.

Villa Clara´s shortstop Eduardo Pared and first baseman Ariel Borrero stand out in the infield that includes Leslie Anderson (Camaguey), Yusquiel Garcia (Camaguey), Danel Castro (Las Tunas) Vismay Santos (Guantanamo) Amaury Suarez (Las Tunas) and Yorelvis Charles (Ciego de Avila).

The best hitter of Cuba during the last seasons, Osmani Urrutia (Las Tunas), and rising stars Yohenis Cespedes (Granma) and Dayan Viciedo (Villa Clara), Roberqui Videaux and Giorvis Duvergel Rojas (Guantanamo) and Alfredo Despaigne (Granma), will play the outfield.

Righthander Luis Borroto (Villa Clara), Luis Miguel Rodriguez (Holguin) and Ciego de Avila´s Michel Pino Feo are the most experienced of a roster including several youth with a good performance during the current baseball showdown.

Santiago de Cuba southpaw Pedro Poll will be the designated hitter.

Marcos Fonseca, who directs Granma, will be the manager.

During the history of the All-Star Games, these two selections have competed with the same name expect in 1994, when the Western stars were called "Thunders" and the Eastern ones were dubbed "Lightings."

West pitchers have thrown two shutouts, while Easterners have whitewashed the West three times.

Westerners won the latest All-Star Game in 2005, when they beat the East 4-1.

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