Team USA will play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening in Panama City, Panama. The team features Pirates' farmhand infielder Jordy Mercer, who split the 2011 season between the Altoona Curve and the Indianapolis Indians. Also on Team USA is catcher Travis d'Arnaud, brother of Pirates' Chase d'Arnaud. Travis d'Arnaud played at the AA level in the Blue Jays' organization in 2011. Former Pirates' farmhand RHP Todd Redmond, who pitched for the AAA Charlotte Knights (White Sox) in 2011 is also on the team.
Team USA faced off against Team Canada in three warm-up/exhibition games last week. In the first game, which went only 7 innings, the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Todd Redmond pitched 3 scoreless innings in his st...
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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.