Mercer And Team USA Rained Out Again

Tonight’s World Cup/Pan Am tournament game between the Team USA and Venezuela has been postponed due to rain in Panama. Team USA is scheduled to play Australia on Thursday and and South Korea on Friday.  They will probably be able to do a make-up game on Saturday.

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Pirates Set to Downgrade 90-Loss Team

The Pirates in 2011 improved from 105 losses to 90, certainly a significant step forward even though they remain a bad team.  With the playoffs still underway, however, they’ve made it clear that they intend to move quickly backward toward another 100-odd losses in 2012.  It’s long been known that they don’t intend to exercise catcher Ryan Doumit’s two-year, $15.5M option.  Team President Frank Coonelly has now added the news that the...

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Houston Expected to Move to the American League

We’ve heard the rumors for awhile now that Major League Baseball could be set for realignment, and that Houston could play a big part in that.  Peter Gammons is reporting that Houston’s ownership change is expected to go through in mid-November, and that it is expected to include a move to the American League. Earlier today we heard that Theo Epstein had accepted a deal with the Chicago Cubs to be their new General...

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Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los Venados opened their season with a 5-1 loss to Los Tomateros de Culiacan.  Noris went 1-for-3 with a single in the...

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Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

Cuba 8,  USA 7 SS Jordy Mercer was back in the lineup for Team USA, but even his two hits were not enough to help the US overcome Cuba. With Jeff Marquez (Yankees) on the mound for the US, Cuba got going with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Back-to-back singles opened the inning, then a wild pitch put both runners into scoring position.  A single up the middle drove in both runners, then two more singles loaded the bases, still with...

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