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Puerto Rican Winter League set to begin Jan. 5

After Hurricane Maria, 4 teams to compete in abbreviated 18-game schedule
MLB.com @basebollie

The Puerto Rican Winter League is scheduled to begin play on Jan. 5 following Hurricane Maria, which swept through the area from Sept. 16-Oct. 3 and caused significant destruction across the territory.

After the island's lengthy road to recovery, four teams will compete as part of the league's abbreviated 18-game schedule. The games will be conducted mostly during the day to limit the use of stadium lights in a place where many people still are living without power.

The Puerto Rican Winter League is scheduled to begin play on Jan. 5 following Hurricane Maria, which swept through the area from Sept. 16-Oct. 3 and caused significant destruction across the territory.

After the island's lengthy road to recovery, four teams will compete as part of the league's abbreviated 18-game schedule. The games will be conducted mostly during the day to limit the use of stadium lights in a place where many people still are living without power.

A number of Major Leaguers play winter ball in Puerto Rico to hone their skills during the offseason.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.