Nancy Zinni

  • Analysis
    A Save For Ascanio, Big Hits for Cedeno and Gimenez

    The Dominican League has finished regular season play.  The four top teams -- Estrellas de Oriente, Leones del Escogido, Toros del Este, and Gigantes del Cibao -- will begin a round robin playoff tournament on Sunday.  Los Estrellas, Los Leones, and Los Toros all finished the regular season with identical...

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    Personnel Shuffles; Loss For Nieve

    Several moves, shuffling personnel around:

    RHP Joe Martinez, who came to the Pirates from the Giants (with John Bowker) in July, was removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster and designated for assignment.  That frees up a roster spot for newly signed starter Kevin Correia.  Martinez joined the Indy Indians...

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    Slow Offense In Winter League Play

    Shortstop signings:  Former Pirate Brian Bixler has signed a minor league contract with the Nationals, and will likely be back to face the Indy Indians as a member of the Syracuse Chiefs.  Former Pirate Argenis Diaz, who was not offered a contract by the Pirates after this season, has signed...

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    Blown Save For Machi; Minor League Contract For Fields

    The Pirates have signed INF Josh Fields to a minor league contract.  Fields is an Oklahoma native who was the White Sox' first round draft pick in 2004.  He progressed quickly through their organization, playing mostly third base, and reached the major leagues in 2006, when he played in 11...

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    Big Day For Milledge, Cortes, And Tabata; Loss For Ascanio

    Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in Sunday's winter league action...
    The Dominican League's last regular season games will be on Tuesday. 

    Tigres de Aragua  8,  Leones de Caracas  3  (Game 1) --  
    Los Tigres won this battle of the big cats with a 6-run...

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    Tabata And Cedeno Hitting Nicely

    A full Saturday night of action in the winter leagues:

    Tiburones de La Guaira  9,  Tigres de Aragua  5  --  
    Three runs in the bottom of the 8th put the game out of reach for Los Tigres.  Aragua put their first run on the board in the...

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    Many Familiar Winter League Pitchers

    Lots of Pirates and former Pirates pitching in Friday's winter league action... This is the last week of regular season play for the Dominican and Puerto Rican leagues.

    Caribes de Anzoategui  8,  Tiburones de La Guaira  5  -- (Game 1) 
    A 5-run 6th inning gave Los Caribes the...

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    Solid Inning For Ascanio, Latimore Slumping

    Another minor league free agent signed: Pitcher Neal Cotts signed with the Yankees.

    Looking in on some of the Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league action.. the Dominican League has the night off, and there were some games postponed in Venezuela.


  • Analysis
    Veal Re-signed; Hits For Brown And Hague

    Southpaw Donnie Veal will likely be back in Indianapolis in 2011.  He has signed a minor league contract with the Pirates today, and has also been invited to the big league camp for Spring Training.  After struggling through his mandatory year on the Pirates' major league roster as a Rule...

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    Milledge and Tabata Homer, Ciriaco Has 3 Hits

    Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:

    Tigres de Aragua  12,  Tiburones de La Guaira  2  --  
    Los Tigres posted 12 runs on 12 hits, including a 4-run 6th inning and a 6-run 7th inning.  They began their scoring with a 2-run...

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