Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit...

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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: 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: 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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