Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns to Action
Dec11

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns to Action

In the Dominican League on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco made his return to action after missing all of last week with a stomach virus. Coming into the game, he was the league leader with a .924 OPS. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and stolen base in his team’s 5-2 win. Alen Hanson played his second game of the Winter season, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He struck out in his only...

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Winter Leagues: Lambo and Ramirez Pick Up RBIs
Dec10

Winter Leagues: Lambo and Ramirez Pick Up RBIs

Monday was a very slow day in Winter ball, so this will be a brief update. Every league returns to a full schedule today and that includes the likely return of Gregory Polanco to the lineup. The only Pittsburgh Pirates players in action on Monday were Andrew Lambo and Elvis Escobar. Lambo was making his third straight start at first base for the Cardenales de Lara club. He went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI in his team’s 7-2...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class
Dec09

Winter Leagues: Polanco and Ramirez Lead Pirates Winter Class

With an extremely slow day in Winter League action on Sunday, now is a good time to catch up on all of the Pittsburgh Pirates players who are taking part in leagues around the world. During our daily updates, we normally cover players that were in the Pirates system at the end of the 2013 season and are still free agents, such as Ivan De Jesus Jr. and David Bromberg, but all of the players mentioned below are still in the Pirates...

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Winter Leagues: Four Hits For Diaz, Ramirez Stays Hot
Dec08

Winter Leagues: Four Hits For Diaz, Ramirez Stays Hot

In Venezuela from Saturday, Andrew Lambo was back at first base for the second game in a row. It was the first time he played there on back-to-back days. Lambo was there for six innings on Saturday before moving on defense to right field, which also happened on Friday night. He handled all eight chances he had without an error, including one ground ball, plus he fielded a sacrifice bunt successfully. On Friday, he had ten total...

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Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base
Dec07

Winter Leagues: Lambo and Sands Take Turns at First Base

In the Venezuelan League on Friday night, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-3 with a walk. The interesting part is that he got his third start of the VWL season at first base. During the seventh inning, Lambo switched on defense to right field. While at first base, he handled two ground balls, a pop up and had seven putouts. Elvis Escobar came in as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning. It was the fifth appearance of the Winter for the...

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Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes Dominican League Debut
Dec06

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes Dominican League Debut

In the Dominican League from Thursday night, Alen Hanson made his debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and scored a run. Hanson played in the Arizona Fall League this year, but wasn’t allowed to play Winter ball until this week due to the Extreme Fatigue rule. Any players that has too many at-bats during the regular season(or too many innings/appearances for pitchers) isn’t allowed to play Winter ball until December...

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