HAVANA, Cuba.- (ACN) The 28-strong Cuban baseball team will make its debut in the Canadian Can-Am Independent League against the Trois-Rivières Eagles at the Stade Stereo today.The Cubans, who attend this tournament for the second consecutive year, show in their ranks a mixture of youth and experience.

In addition, there are very versatile position players and among the 13 chosen pitchers, strong arms and control prevail.Roger Machado, again as team manager, explained before the start that, as they realized last year, that is a league in which pitching stands out above the offense, and that the batters are pretty selective on the pitches they swing at.

Machado announced that the first starter would be the Vladimir Baños, who will climb to the mound to face the Eagles, who have a poor balance of six wins and 12 losses, to occupy the sixth and last place.Its main batter is first baseman Daniel Mateo, who averages for 329 with a single homer and 12 RBIs in 73 appearances at plate.Cuba could have a line-up like this: Víctor Victor Mesa, Juan Carlos
Torriente, Guillermo Avilés, Yordanis Samón, Yosvani Alarcón, Jefferson Delgado, Raúl González and Yoelkis Céspedes. The DH could be Norel Gonzalez.