HAVANA.- (acn) Vladimir Garcia was announced as the starting pitcher to face today Puerto Rico´s Caguas Criollos, in the second presentation of the Cuban team in the 2017 Caribbean Baseball Series, based in the city of Culiacan, Mexico.

The right-hander told ACN he is in good shape and that he will follow the coaches' advices to achieve a good performance against this tough rival.

He added the entire team is focused, motivated and well adapted, important aspects to go out to enjoy a baseball game and win it.

When the Caguas Criollos won the 2016/2017 Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, they broke the hegemony of the Santurce Cangrejeros, winners of the two previous editions of this tournament.

This was their 17th title in history and the first since 2013. In the Caribbean Series they won the events of 1954, 1974 and 1987, the last two occasions on Mexican soil.

The Caguas Criollos lost 2-4 to the Mexicali Aguilas, the local side, in their first game in this contest.