In Venezuela on Saturday night, Jose Osuna made his winter debut a little later than usual. In the past, Osuna has played winter ball since the start of the season in Venezuela, which is usually during the second week of October. This year, the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted him to take a rest after the regular season before playing winter ball. On top of that, Osuna has indicated that he will be limited to one month of action, although he hopes to play in the playoffs if Bravos de Margarita earns a postseason spot. He will also be playing some third base this winter, possibly as early as today's game. On Saturday, he was the designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with a single in his first at-bat and a run scored.
In the Dominican, Starling Marte went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, before leaving fo...
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