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[[LIVESTREAM>>]]**USA vs Cuba Live Broadcast Free World Baseball Classic semi-final 19 Mar 2023

USA vs Cuba World Baseball Classic 2023 semi-final: Preview, schedule, and how to watch live actionTwo giants of baseball go head-to-head in the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic with a spot in the




championship game on the line. Discover the things you need to know about the meeting on Sunday, March 19, in Miami. The United States is one step closer to successfully defending its World Baseball Classic title after reaching the 2023 semi-finals, where it will face Cuba this Sunday (March 19).

A come-from-behind 9–7 quarter-final win over Venezuela on Saturday, powered by Trea Turner's eighth-inning grand slam, was enough to see the 2017 champions into a tantalising semi-final against Cuba, with a spot in the final – against Japan or Mexico – on the line.

Opponent Cuba has had a mixed tournament, losing its opening two games in pool play before making it through as the Pool A winner in a five-way tiebreaker, before beating Australia in the quarter-finals in Tokyo.

Cuba has had to deal with jet lag, having flown from Japan to the U.S. and arriving on Thursday. On paper, Cuba (3–2) should struggle against USA (4–1), but in this meeting between two traditional rivals – in both baseball and outside of sport – anything goes.

The Cuban team does not have much Major League Baseball (MLB) talent on its roster, with only two of their players currently in the big leagues (Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert Jr.). That in itself is notable, as this is the first Cuban national team to include MLB players. However, they do have some veterans of international play, including World Baseball Classic legend Alfredo Despaigne.

Team USA, meanwhile, is packed from top to toe with MLB stars, although having used most of his bullpen in the win over Venezuela, manager Mark DeRosa faces a difficult task of managing his pitchers for this game, with an eye on Tuesday's final – if his team makes it.

This will be the first WBC meeting between the two teams, who have not faced each other in the previous four tournaments. When and where is the Cuba vs USA game at World Baseball Classic 2023? Team USA will play Cuba at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida, with first pitch set for just after 7pm Eastern time (also 7pm in Cuba, 4pm Pacific time) on Sunday, March 19.

USA will have the home-team advantage of batting in the bottom half of each inning by virtue of having the better tournament record compared to Cuba.

The prize for the winner is the spot in the championship final on Tuesday, March 21, against Mexico or Japan.Nightengale's Notebook: WBC's Cuba vs. USA semifinal in Miami is fraught with tension It may be the most polarizing game in the history of the World Baseball Classic, with protests and tightened security surrounding loanDepot Park, when Cuba takes the field Sunday night against Team USA in Little Havana.

Tension, resentment and rage have been building in Miami's Cuban community since the team beat Australia this week and advanced to the semifinals.

“A lot of people, even if they've been going back and forth,’’ Angela Torres, 70. tells USA TODAY Sports, “they'll still be upset about it. I know there's going to be trouble. Not violence, I mean protests. There will be a lot of yelling.’’ Torres is the mother of Vince Torres, chief marketing officer of tournament sponsor DirecTV, who attended her first professional baseball game Saturday when Venezuela played the USA. She won’t be at the Cuban game, but she’ll be intently watching like the rest of her family. Torres was 10 years old when her family came over from Cuba with her parents in the aftermath of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

Her father, Angel Paez, proudly fought against Fidel Castro's forces in the failed operation supported by the U.S. government and was shot in the knee. He was imprisoned for 20 months and finally released in December 1962 when the U.S. government paid $53 million for food and medicine to Cuba. He and his family came to Miami on a cargo ship one month later.

And never returned.

“No, I’ve never felt the need or the want to go back,’’ Angela Torres says. “Not once. Not while Castro was there.

Vince Torres says: “I would love to go to Cuba, but I will not go there until Cuba is free. That’s a personal decision out of loyalty to my grandfather. I don’t hold it against anybody else. It’s just personal.’’

The mixed feelings among Cuban Americans are similar to the players themselves. This is the first year that MLB players are permitted to play for Cuba. Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert from the Chicago White Sox are playing for Cuba, along with former All-Star Yoenis Cespedes.

Kansas Royals closer Aroldis Chapman, the seven-time All-Star and World Series champion who was born in Holguin, Cuba, refuses to play for Cuba. Tampa Bay star outfielder Randy Arozarena, who defected from Cuba in 2015, is playing for Mexico, becoming a Mexican citizen last year


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