Winter Leagues 12/8 – Brown Homers; Five Hits For Anderson

A bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends for Thursday… The Puerto Rican League has no games scheduled.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  9,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 C Dusty Brown was responsible for all both of Los Estrellas’ runs, when he blasted a 2-run homer in the 5th inning.  LF Jake Fox singled for Los Estrellas but did not score.  Los Toros scored early and often, including a pair...

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Winter Leagues 12/7 — RBIs For Ciriaco, Gonzalez, And Anderson

Pirates’ players and friends in Wednesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  6,  Leones de Ponce  2 SS Benji Gonzalez doubled with two out and one on in the 4th inning for Los Leones, and a subsequent RBI single accounted for all of Los Leones’ runs.  Los  Criollos had scored on a pair of doubles in the 2nd inning and a triple by former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa, followed by a...

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Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn’t come with much offense for the lineup.  The moves make sense if you add a first baseman who can fit in to the cleanup role and give the lineup a boost. The Pirates are pretty much set at...

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Winter Leagues 12/4 — Marte, Ciriaco, And Brown Contributing, Noris Homers

Winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends on Sunday   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira 7,  Caribes de Anzoategui  6  (Game 1) In the first of two 7-inning games, Los Tiburones attacked for 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th, which included a grand slam.  Los Caribes caught up with 2 runs in the 4th and 3 runs in the 5th.  Los Tiburones answered with a run in the bottom of the 5th, on a single and a double,...

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Winter Leagues 12/2 — Marte Continues Hitting, Homer For Milledge

Pirates’ players and friends in Friday’s winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Leones del Escogido  3 RF Starling Marte continued his happy return to the playing field after missing some time with muscle strain.  Today he went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.  That’s 5-for-15 in the past three games after going hitless in his first game back.  Marte was also hit by a pitch in Los...

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