Indy Indians Open 2012 With A Loss

The 2012 Indianapolis Indians began their season with a loss to the Toledo Mud Hens at a packed Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  Three former Indians, now playing for the Mud Hens, contributed to the Tribe’s downfall.  The Tribe batters were held to just 4 hits by the Toledo pitching staff. Justin Wilson made his return to the starting rotation official, as the Indians’ Opening Day starter, and struggled with command...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/3 — Navarro Gets 3 Hits

The playoffs continue in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with a few Pirates’ players and friends…   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  5,  Leones de Ponce  4 Ponce scored early, but Los Criollos came from behind to take the win.  Los Leones’ first batter of the game put them onto the scoreboard with a solo home run.  The 2nd inning began with a single, followed by a 2-run homer.  After a triple, SS...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/2 — 3 Hits For Ciriaco

The Mexican Pacific League playoffs began yesterday.  This league uses a playoff format like we’re used to seeing in the US leagues.  The top 6 teams are in the playoffs, with #1 Culiacan playing the #6 Navojoa, #2 Mexicali vs. #5 Mochis, and #3 Obregon vs. #4 Hermosillo  in the best-of-7 first round.  Los Venados de Mazatlan, with Pirates’ Rogelio Noris, finished in last place and are eliminated, along with Los Caneros de...

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Winter Leagues 12/30 — Walk-Off Steal? And Anderson Homers

The Mexican Pacific League and the Venezuelan League both wrap up regular season play today.  The Puerto Rican League takes the next three days off, then finishes up their season on Jan 3rd and 4th.  The Dominican League will take a couple of days off, then resume their playoffs on Monday.   Happy New Year!   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tigres de Aragua  4,  Aguilas del Zulia  1  (Game 1) Los Aguilas out-hit los Tigres 8-7, but managed...

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Winter Leagues 12/28 — Ledezma Earns First Win; Dominican Playoffs

Looking in on a few Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE  Tigres de Aragua 6,  Leones del Caracas  3 Wil Ledezma was the pitcher of record when Los Tigres took a lead they would not surrender in the 6th inning.  Los Tigres got onto the scoreboard first, with a run in the 3rd by CF Jorge Cortes.  Cortes led off with a single, then came around to score on a single and a bunt with a...

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