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Cuba names Vera starter vs. Mexico

Veteran right-hander got the win in country's first Classic game

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SAN DIEGO -- The matchup on the mound is set.

Norge Luis Vera will start for Cuba in the elimination game against Mexico on Monday night at PETCO Park.

Jorge Campillo will pitch for Mexico.

Vera, a right-hander, started the first game of the World Baseball Classic for Cuba last week, allowing two hits in six scoreless innings in his country's 8-1 victory against South Africa. He struck out six batters and walked six in the 62-pitch outing.

The veteran is no stranger to international competition, starring in the Intercontinental Cup in 2002 and '06, the World Cup in 1998, '01 and '03 and the Pan Am Games in 1999, '03, and '07. He pitched for Cuba's Olympic team in '00, '04 and '08.

Vera was the winning pitcher in the semifinals and finals in the 2003 World Cup in Havana. He went 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts for Cuba during the 2008 Olympics. During Cuba's regular season, Vera went 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA for Santiago. He made his pro debut in Cuba in 1993.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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