The Arizona Fall League had their Fall Stars All-Star game on Saturday night. Shortstop Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the game. He was on the bench to start the game, coming in on defense in the bottom of the sixth inning. The first batter after he came in was Eddie Rosario, who hit a slow hopper to Hanson and beat out to play with good hustle. Hanson made the play cleanly, but didn't release the ball quickly, though he made a strong, accurate throw. With one out and a man on first, Hanson started a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Coming up in the seventh inning with one out and a man on first, Hanson fouled off a couple pitches before grounding out weakly to the pitcher on a 2-2 count. He was able to get the runner to second base though, and that runner scored one batter later on a single.
In the field in the bottom of the seventh, Hanson handled a grounder cleanly, his last fielding chance of the game. He batted again in the ninth and grounded out t...
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