Winter Leagues Recap: Four Hits for Howard and Hernandez

In the Australian Baseball League today, Adelaide split a doubleheader, with both games going extra innings. In game one, the Bite pulled out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. Three Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch at third base, Justin Howard as the DH and Dylan Child behind the plate. Welch had a rough game, going 0-for-5, with two strikeouts. Child went 0-for-2, before he was pinch hit for in the eighth inning....

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Winter Leagues Update: Howard Wins Player of the Week

Justin Howard has been named the Player of the Week by the Australian Baseball League for his performance during his team’s four-game sweep last week against Melbourne. Howard went 9-for-14, with three walks, six runs scored and four RBI’s. He finished the week with two three-hit games. Howard started the year off very slow, but has pushed his totals to respectable levels, now owning a .274/.410/.419 line over 18 games....

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Winter Leagues Recap: Notes on Starling Marte

Starling Marte’s Winter League season is likely over. The Pirates had mentioned recently that they would shut him down so he gets rest before Spring Training. He didn’t play in last night’s game and with the Dominican Winter League now taking off the next two days for their All-Star game, Marte will be in Altoona by Wednesday night as part of the Pirates Winter Caravan tour. Marte went 0-for-8 during his last two...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Five More Shutout Innings For Johnson

In Australian League action from today, Adelaide won a 10-9 slugfest. Both Justin Howard and Stefan Welch were in the starting lineup for the Bite. Howard continued his current hot streak, going 3-for-4, with two runs scored and his sixth double. In his last five games, Howard has gone 11-for-18 at the plate. Welch went 1-for-5, with two strikeouts. Rinku Singh had his first rough outing of the ABL season. After not allowing a run in...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Reaches Base Three Times

In Winter League action last night from the Dominican, Starling Marte went 2-for-3, with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. It was his first walk in ten games, after drawing 11 in his first 17 games. Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4, with a double and an RBI. The double was the ninth of the season for Hernandez, who has now raised his average to .292 after 40 games. Felix Pie and Alex Valdez, batting 1-2 in the Estrellas de Oriente...

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