USA, Cuban national teams play over holiday weekend in Durham, Charlotte

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Durham, N.C. — The baseball powers of the Western Hemisphere meet this week in the Triangle, with a brief detour to Charlotte. The United States’ Collegiate National Team will play the Cuban National Team in a five-day, three-city series beginning July 1.

The teams will open and close the series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary on Wednesday and Monday, July 6. On Friday and Saturday, the teams meet at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and on the Fourth of July, they play at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte.

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“It is a thrill to bring the Cuban National Team to North Carolina for five competitive, entertaining games in Cary, Durham and Charlotte, this summer,” Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO, said in a statement. “Building on the success of the first three years of this renewed friendship series should make for an incredible experience for the players, coaches, fans and the international baseball community.”

After a 16-year hiatus, USA and Cuba resumed a yearly international friendship series on the baseball field in 2012 with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team traveling to Havana for an intense five-game series that saw the host nation score a 3-2 series victory. In 2013 (in the U.S.) and 2014 (in Cuba), the host nations dominated play with five-game sweeps. In three years of renewed rivalry, Cuba leads the series 8-7.

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June 29, 2015

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