Nancy Zinni

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    Caribbean Series Day 4; Bite Advance to Championship Series

    Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado has signed a minor league contract with the Nationals. 

    In the Caribbean Series:
    Mexico  6,  Dominican Republic  3  --  
    The Dominicans were leading 3-1 going into the 8th inning, but Mexico rallied for 2 runs in the top of the inning to tie the...

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    Mr. Milledge Goes To Chicago; Bite Force Game 3

    A few signing notes for some former Pirates.  Of course the biggest news is that OF Lastings Milledge has signed a minor league deal with the White Sox.  Inf/Of Alfredo Amezaga (Indy Indians 2005) signed with the Rockies for 2011.  Inf Ramon Vazquez has signed with the Cardinals.

    The...

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    Day Two Of The Caribbean Series; Bite Are No-Hit

    Day Two of the Caribbean series:

    Dominican Republic  6,  Venezuela  5  --  Two runs in the top of the 9th were not enough for Venezuela to catch up to Dean Treanor's Dominican team.  Each team scored a run in the 2nd inning, with a solo homer...

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    Caribbean Series Begins

    One quick signing note:  pitcher Chris Jakubauskas, who was released by the Pirates after the 2010 season, has signed a minor league contract with the Orioles.

    The Caribbean series got underway today (Wednesday) with an afternoon game.   It took 15 innings, but Mexico (Los Yaquis de...

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    Back To His Future?

    Waiting for the Caribbean Series to begin (Wednesday) and the Australian League to resume their playoffs (Friday)....

    Two former Pirate pitchers have signed minor league contracts with other clubs:  Ty Taubenheim has signed with the Rangers, and Virgil Vasquez has signed with the Angels.

    Joe Beimel was signed...

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    Caribes Take Venezuelan Championship

    The final playoff game of the Caribbean winter leagues was played on Sunday, finishing up the Venezuelan League championship.  The Caribbean Series begins on Wednesday and lasts six days (Feb 2nd - 7th), and from there, spring training will be right around the corner.

    VENEZUELAN LEAGUE
    Caribes de Anzoategui...

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    Winter League Playoff Wrap Up

    Catching up with a few days' worth of winter league playoff results:

    PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
    Criollos de Caguas  7,  Leones de Ponce  5  --  
    Los Criollos won the Puerto Rican League championship with a win in Game 7 of the series.  Los Leones got onto the scoreboard first, scratching...

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    RBIs For Milledge and Gimenez; Two Homers For Latimore

    Ten weeks until Opening Day for the minor league season....  just in case anyone besides me is counting.

    Three playoff games on Wednesday evening, plus the Australians begin their playoffs early on Thursday morning.  I'll be away from the computer for a couple of days, but we'll catch up...

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    Ponce Takes The Lead In Puerto Rican Series

    Again just two winter league playoff games on Tuesday night -- the Venezuelan championship has the night off.

    Signing news:  C Robinzon Diaz has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers.




    PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
    Leones de Ponce  4,  Criollos de Caguas  2  --  
    Los...

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    Gimenez’s and Milledge’s Hits Aren’t Enough

    Just two winter league playoff games tonight, since the Dominican League is done and the Puerto Rican League has a night off.  That 7-game series is tied at 2 games each (Ponce and Caguas).

    In other news, former Pirate Andy LaRoche signed a minor league deal...