• 1st of 4 WBC qualifying tournaments set for Sydney

    SYDNEY (AP) — The first of four regional qualifiers for next year’s World Baseball Classic begins Thursday with host team Australia aiming to advance to the final 16 and improve on its poor record in past tournaments.

  • In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Cuba third baseman Yulieski Gourriel warms up prior to an exhibition baseball game against the United States in Papillion, Neb. A baseball official in the Dominican Republic said on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, that Gourriel has abandoned his team at the close of the annual Caribbean series. The 31-year-old was with his younger brother, Lourdes, also a highly sought player. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    Source: Top Cuban player left team in Dominican Republic

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.

  • Jesus Esteban Quiroz of Mexico's Venados de Mazatlan, celebrates with his teammates during a Caribbean Series baseball final against Venezuela's Tigres de Aragua, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Roberto Guzman)

    Mexico wins Caribbean Series with HR in 9th inning

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Jorge Vazquez hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, lifting Mexico’s Mazatlan Venados to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela’s Aragua Tigres for the Caribbean Series championship.

  • Victor Estrella Burgos retains his Ecuador Open title

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic rallied from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to retain his title on clay in the Ecuador Open in Quito.

  • This is a 2015 photo of Juan Duran of the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.(AP Photo/John Locher)

    Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball’s drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.

  • Venezuela beats Cuba 3-1, reaches Caribbean Series semis

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela’s Aragua Tigers over Cuba’s Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.