Winter Leagues 12/29 – One Tough Inning Sinks Claggett; Figueroa Wins

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  6,  Bravos de Margarita  2 Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and buzzed through the first four innings, allowing only a walk and a single in the top of the 1st.   He retired the side in order for three innings, but got into trouble fast in the 5th.  Back-to-back singles to begin the...

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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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Three Hits For Presley And Two Scoreless Innings For Heilman In Tribe Loss

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  7,  Indianapolis Indians  6 [ box ] The Indians could not overcome a 4-run 6th inning by the Iron Pigs, as the Pigs won the final game of the season between these two teams at Victory Field tonight.  A 3-hit night by LF Alex Presley, and a pair of singles by 1B Matt Hague provided some offensive support for the Tribe, but it was not enough.  The newest member of the Tribe, reliever Aaron Heilman, made his...

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Burres Pitches 8 Shutout Inning For Indians

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs  0 [ box ] Brian Burres earned his 5th win of the season tonight, but his first of the season at Victory Field, as the Indians beat the Iron Pigs, despite being out-hit 6-5. Burres came into the game with a 4-9 record, but just happened to have earned all  four of those wins on the road.  He pitched a season-high 8 shutout innings and struck out a season-best 9 batters to earn that...

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Phillies Invite Brandon Moss to Spring Training

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced 12 Spring Training invitees, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.  Two of those players are former Pittsburgh Pirates players Erik Kratz and Brandon Moss.  We learned last week that Kratz was added by the Phillies, but this is the first we’ve heard about Moss. Moss was added by the Pirates in the Jason Bay trade.  After a poor season in 2009, he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in...

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