Pirates Add Six Non-Roster Invitees to Spring Training

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they’ve added six non-roster invitees to Spring Training. The new additions are Gerrit Cole, Michael Crotta, Ramon Cabrera, Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, and Robbie Grossman. Of the group, only Crotta and Fryer have major league experience, both spending time in the majors in 2011. I don’t see any of the group making the majors out of Spring Training. Cole will start in Bradenton,...

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Winter Leagues 12/5 — Just One Game

Just one winter league game on the schedule for today, in the Venezuelan League: Leones del Caracas  13,  Caribes de Anzoategui  3 CF Gorkys Hernandez went 0-for-3 for Los Caribes, though he did contribute an outfield assist, gunning down a Caracas runner at third base.  Los Caribes got the scoring started with a 2-run homer in the top of the 2nd inning.  Los Leones tied the score in the bottom of the inning with two walks, a single,...

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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 12/1– Unearned Runs From Martis And Ascanio

The Dominican and Puerto Rican Leagues have the day off on Thursday, but the Venezuelans were busy, and the Australians had some early games going:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Aguilas de Zulia  7,  Tiburones de La Guaira   1 New Pirate Shairon Martis lost his second game of the season, but it was not entirely his fault.  Los Tiburones scored 4 unearned runs in the 2nd inning, then added 3 runs in the 8th for more insurance.  Martis had...

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Winter Leagues 11/28 — Quiet Night

Only one Dominican League game and one Venezuelan League game on Monday night: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Tigres del Licey  3,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 A single, a wild pitch, and a passed ball gave Licey the winning run in the top of the 11th inning, and Los Estrellas could not answer in the bottom of the frame.  DH Jake Fox walked in the bottom of the 1st, when Los Estrellas scored their first run.  After Los Tigres scored 2 in the top of the...

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