Extended Spring Training Notes: Dodson, Hurst, Ramirez, Montilla

I was over at extended Spring Training this afternoon, where the Pirates were playing a game against the Phillies. Here are some observations from camp. **Zack Dodson got the start in the Jamestown game, going 3.1 innings and giving up three runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Dodson was 85-92 MPH with his fastball, and his curveball was looking good, ranging from 66-72 MPH. He ran into trouble in the fourth inning,...

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Winter Leagues Update: Kennelly In ABL Finals

In playoff action from today, the Perth Heat swept a doubleheader, advancing to the Australian Baseball League Finals, which will be held next weekend. Pirates prospect Sam Kennelly, will try to help his team to an ABL title, as they face off against the Canberra Calvary in a best-of-three series starting next Friday. The games will be shown(slightly taped delayed) on the MLB Network, possibly giving Pirates fans a first chance to get...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Strikes Again

In game three of the Dominican Winter League playoffs from last night, Starling Marte continued his hot streak, going 3-for-5, with a run scored and an RBI. He also added an outfield assist, his second in three days. His team won 9-0, taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-nine championship series. So far, Marte has gone 7-for-12, with three runs and three RBI’s in the first three games of the finals. The first round of the playoffs...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Marte Drives In Two Runs

In playoff action out of the Dominican yesterday, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with a double, sacrifice fly and two RBI’s. He also recorded an outfield assist in the fourth inning that kept the game close, as his team trailed by two runs at the time. In the top of the next inning, Marte drove in his second run of the game to put his team up by two runs. Marte’s Escogido team won 10-7 in ten innings, in the first game of...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Playoff and WBC Notes

In Australian Baseball League action from today, Stefan Welch went 1-for-4, with two RBI’s, as Adelaide was handed an 8-2 loss. Hours before the game started, Welch was named to the provisional roster of the Australian team that will represent the country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He now has 24 RBI’s on the ABL season, tops among all Adelaide players. With the championship series set in the Dominican, the league...

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