• Winter League Update 10/12 : Noris’ Grand Slam

    Looking at Pirates' players and friends in winter league play.... MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Venados de Mazatlan  16,  Tomateros de Culiacan  2 Culiacan had the early lead with 2 runs in the 2nd inning.  Former Pirate LF Luis Cruz walked and scored in that inning.  But it was all Mazatlan after that.  A...

  • Mercer And Team USA Rained Out Again

    Tonight's World Cup/Pan Am tournament game between the Team USA and Venezuela has been postponed due to rain in Panama. Team USA is scheduled to play Australia on Thursday and and South Korea on Friday.  They will probably be able to do a make-up game on Saturday.... This content is for Pirates...

  • Caribbean Leagues Getting Started

    The Caribbean League seasons are getting underway, and there are many Pirates and former Pirates on the rosters. The Mexican Pacific League opened their season on Tuesday night.  OF Rogelios Noris, who spent the 2011 American season with the West Virginia Power, is again playing for his hometown Venados de Mazatlan.  Los...

  • Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

    Cuba 8,  USA 7 SS Jordy Mercer was back in the lineup for Team USA, but even his two hits were not enough to help the US overcome Cuba. With Jeff Marquez (Yankees) on the mound for the US, Cuba got going with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Back-to-back...

  • Team USA Heads To Round Two

    USA  5,  Panama  0 It took a near-miracle, but Team USA is heading to Round Two of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament.  After Team USA's loss to Canada on Sunday afternoon, two things needed to happen for the US to advance to the second round.  The easier condition was that Team USA...

  • Team USA On The Edge With A Loss To Canada

    Canada 6,   USA  1 Two 3-run innings gave Canada the win over Team USA, and put the US on the edge of being eliminated from the World Cup/Pan Am tournament. Starter and former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond retired the first three batters he faced in order, but quickly got into trouble in...

  • Netherlands Stun Team USA

    Netherlands  7,  USA  5 Two big inningws gave the Netherlands a 7-run boost and a lead that they would not give up as Team USA lost their second game of the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Friday.  US starter Matt Shoemaker pitched just 3 innings and was responsible for all 7 runs.  A walk,...

  • Team USA Holds Greece To Three Hits

    USA 3,  Greece  0 Team USA took advantage of an error by the Greek team while the  US pitching staff combined for a 3-hit shut-out.  Drew Smyly (Tigers) got the start for Team USA.  He struck out 7 of the 19 batters he faced over 6 innings, while only allowing two hits...

  • Mercer Again Boosts Team USA

    USA  7,  Japan  3 Team USA earned their second win in a row with a defeat of Japan this evening.  This was the make-up for the game that was rained out on Sunday.  Team USA doubled up the Japanese on hits, 14 - 7, with Pirate farmhand SS Jordy Mercer picking up...

  • Mercer 3-for-3 In Team USA Win

    USA  15,  Taipei  1 Jordy Mercer went 3-for-3 for Team USA SS Jordy Mercer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and 3 RBI as Team USA overwhelmed Chinese Taipei in World Cup Tournament play tonight.  The US hitters scored in 5 straight innings, including a huge 7-run 4th inning, and...

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