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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Drops Down in the Order

Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Drops Down in the Order

In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .299 in 18 games. He moved from his normal three spot in the lineup, down to the five hole. The move in the lineup was due to the additions of Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana and Detroit Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago to the Leones lineup in the last two days.

In other action in the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. He has a .651 OPS in 31 games. Felix Pie went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout. He has a .248/.357/.330 line through 109 AB’s. Alex Valdez went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk, raising his average to .299 after 97 AB’s.

In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera had his first multi-hit game of the Winter League season. He went 2-for-4, with two singles and a run scored. After his fifth inning single, Cabrera was thrown out trying to steal. He was also unsuccessful in all three attempted steals during the regular season. In 14 games this year, he is hitting .156 with four walks and six RBI’s.

In Mexico, lefty reliever Jovany Lopez allowed a single to the only batter he faced. It was the second day in a row he threw just one pitch during his appearance and the third consecutive game he has pitched. Lopez has faced just one batter in eight straight outings dating back to his November 3rd appearance. Over those eight games, he has thrown a total of 28 pitches.

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