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FILE - 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)

Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors

- Associated Press

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

Associated Press

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.

Mexico, Venezuela to meet in finals of Caribbean Series

Associated Press

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in four runs and Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw six strong innings as Mexico's Venados de Mazatlan beat Cuba's Ciego de Avila 7-2 on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Caribbean Series.

Undefeated Mexico tops Puerto Rico in Caribbean series

Associated Press

Outfielders Jeremias Pineda and Justin Greene had RBI doubles during a six-run eighth inning, and Mexico's undefeated Mazatlan Venados beat Puerto Rico's Santurce Cangrejeros 8-4 on Friday night to clinch the top seed in the semifinals of the Caribbean Series.

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

Associated Press

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.