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Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
John Dreker

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit Polanco on the knee. He left the game with his team up 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. According to his team, he was removed as a precaution due to the hit-by-pitch. After the game, he was checked out by team doctors and they issued another statement that said he was fine. Marte went 0-for-4 with a walk, stolen base and RBI.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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