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Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

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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