The playoffs begin four days after the Tampa Bay - Cuba game. Photo: Juan Suarez
The playoffs begin four days after the Tampa Bay – Cuba game. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES — While busy preparing for the big exhibition game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cuban Baseball Federation also announced the schedule for the semifinal round of playoffs for the 2015-2016 local season.

The on-again-off-again season was halted four times to allow for the national team to train for international events.

League leader Matanzas hosts Pinar del Rio, the 4th place finisher, in games 1 and 2. The best-of-seven series moves to Pinar del Rio for games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary). Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) will return to Matanzas.

In the other semifinal playoff, defending league champion Ciego de Avila (2nd place) hosts Havana’s Industriales (3rd place) for games 1 and 2. The series then moves to the capital for games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary). Games 6 and 7 would be played in Ciego de Avila.

Here is the full schedule for the two best-of-seven series:

Game

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Date

#001    Pinar del RíoMatanzas26 Mar, 2016
#002IndustrialesCiego de Ávila27 Mar, 2016
#003Pinar del RíoMatanzas27 Mar, 2016
#004IndustrialesCiego de Ávila 28 Mar, 2016
#005MatanzasPinar del Río29 Mar, 2016
#006MatanzasPinar del Río30 Mar, 2016
#007Ciego de ÁvilaIndustriales30 Mar, 2016
#008MatanzasPinar del Río31 Mar, 2016
#009Ciego de ÁvilaIndustriales31 Mar, 2016
#010Ciego de ÁvilaIndustriales01 Abr, 2016
#011Pinar del RíoMatanzas02 Abr, 2016
#012IndustrialesCiego de Ávila03 Abr, 2016
#013Pinar del RíoMatanzas03 Abr, 2016
#014IndustrialesCiego de Ávila04 Abr, 2016

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