Panama to play Cuba for Caribbean Series title

Sun Feb 10 12:17am ET

Yuniesky Larduet, right, of Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas, celebrates with teammate Frederich Cepeda after scoring a run against Venezuela's Cardenales de Lara, during the sixth inning of their Caribbean Series baseball tournament game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Players of Cuba's Los Leneros de las Tunas celebrate at the end of the ninth inning after defeating Venezuela's Cardenales de Lara on their Caribbean Series baseball tournament game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Players from Panama's Los Toros de Herrera celebrate after a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce during a Caribbean Series baseball game at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Players of Panama's Los Toros de Herrera celebrate after defeating Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Caribbean Series baseball tournament at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Closing pitcher Manuel Corpas, of Panama's Los Toros de Herrera, celebrate after defeating Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Caribbean Series baseball tournament at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


Allen Cordoba, left, of Panama's Los Toros de Herrera, is congratulated by a teammate after scoring a run against Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce during the fourth inning in the Caribbean Series baseball tournament at Rod Carew stadium in Panama City, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)


PANAMA CITY (AP) Former big leaguer Manny Corpas closed out Panama's 1-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday night, setting up a championship game against Cuba in the Caribbean Series.

Cuba defeated Venezuela 3-0.

The Panamanians are playing in their first final since 1960, when they lost to Cuba. Panama has one Caribbean Series title, won in 1950.

Panama was a late host for the tournament after it was moved from Venezuela for security concerns.

Oriel Caicedo, who previously pitched in Atlanta's minor league system, pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball for Panama. Corpas, who had 19 saves for Colorado in 2007, worked the ninth.

Cuba won the Caribbean Series in 2015 and has lost in the semifinals the last three years.

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