Mercer Again Boosts Team USA

USA  7,  Japan  3 Team USA earned their second win in a row with a defeat of Japan this evening.  This was the make-up for the game that was rained out on Sunday.  Team USA doubled up the Japanese on hits, 14 – 7, with Pirate farmhand SS Jordy Mercer picking up 2 hits.  Mercer is now 5-for-12 in three games, with two doubles, a homer, and 5 RBI. Team USA got onto the scoreboard first, with a pair of runs in the 2nd inning.  LF...

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Mercer 3-for-3 In Team USA Win

USA  15,  Taipei  1 SS Jordy Mercer went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a home run, and 3 RBI as Team USA overwhelmed Chinese Taipei in World Cup Tournament play tonight.  The US hitters scored in 5 straight innings, including a huge 7-run 4th inning, and took advantage of 3 Taipei errors. Two quiet innings began the game.  Team USA scored one run in the top of the 3rd when CF Jordan Danks (White Sox) singled, then scored on Mercer’s...

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Team USA Falls To Puerto Rico, As Mercer Helps In 9th Inning Rally

Puerto Rico  8,  USA  4 Puerto Rico’s grand slam in the top of the 10th inning broke a 4-4 tie and gave Team USA the loss in their first World Cup/Pan Am tournament game.  Former Pirate farmhand Todd Redmond (Braves) made the start for Team USA, but he gave up 3 runs to Puerto Rico in the top of the 1st.  CF Raymond Fuentes opened the game with a single, then former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa worked a walk.  A single and a...

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Mercer And Team USA Ready To Begin World Cup/Pan Am Tournament

Team USA will play their first game in the World Cup/Pan Am tournament on Sunday evening in Panama City, Panama.  The team features Pirates’ farmhand infielder Jordy Mercer, who split the 2011 season between the Altoona Curve and the Indianapolis Indians.  Also on Team USA is catcher Travis d’Arnaud, brother of Pirates’ Chase d’Arnaud.  Travis d’Arnaud played at the AA level in the Blue Jays’...

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Jordy Mercer Named to Team USA Roster

Team USA has announced their roster for the 2011 World Cup and the Pan Am tournaments, with Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Jordy Mercer being named as a member of the team.  This is the second year in a row that a Pirates shortstop prospect has played for Team USA.  Last year Chase d’Arnaud played for the team, after being a late season addition to replace catcher Austin Romine.  Team USA begins their training schedule on September...

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