Cuba and Australia play tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern Time at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Cuban manager Higinio Velez has announced that left hander Aroldis Chapman, who plays for the Holguin team in Cuba's 48th National Baseball Series, will be the starter for the criollos.
Aroldis has six wins and one loss this year in the first half of the 48th series. He leads Cuban pitchers with 89 K's and has allowed 42 bases on balls. His ERA is 3.75.
It will be the fourth game of pool B at the Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City.