Winter Leagues: Big Games From Lambo and Polanco
Dec12

Winter Leagues: Big Games From Lambo and Polanco

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Alen Hanson got his first start of the Winter. He played two games off the bench prior to his team’s 6-3 loss last night. Hanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He handled both chances in the field cleanly. Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks, a double, a stolen base and a run scored. He is hitting .323 with 24 runs scored, 25 walks and 25 RBIs in 35...

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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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First Pitch: The Next Liriano and The Left-Handed First Baseman
Dec11

First Pitch: The Next Liriano and The Left-Handed First Baseman

We’re through day two of four of the 2013 Winter Meetings. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the Pirates so far, specifically focused on first base and starting pitching. It’s to the point where we can get an idea of what the Pirates are going to do, and the only question that remains is “when will the moves take place?” I decided to break it down further for each position below. The Next Francisco...

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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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Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field
Dec09

Pirates Leaning Toward Staying In-House For Right Field

Last week I wrote that it looked like the Pirates were going to stay internal for right field in 2014. Neal Huntington all but confirmed that in his meeting with the media today, as reported by Rob Biertempfel. #pirates GM Huntington on right field situation: "We're leaning toward staying in-house." — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 9, 2013 The Pirates traded for Jaff Decker a few weeks ago, adding one...

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