Winter Leagues Recap: Polanco Back in the Starting Lineup

In Winter League action yesterday, Gregory Polanco played for the first time in five days. He batted seventh and played center field, going 1-for-4 at the plate. He is now hitting .217 in 23 AB’s, with one double, one stolen base, no walks and seven strikeouts. His teammate on Leones del Escogido, Starling Marte, did not play yesterday. In other Dominican League action, Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, with an RBI. Oscar Tejada...

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Hanson Returns, Kingham Leaves Early for West Virginia

Alen Hanson returned from his injury sustain last Friday for West Virginia on Tuesday. Hanson was the Power’s designated hitter, going 0-for-2 with a walk in a 4-3 loss to Greensboro. Gregory Polanco was still missing from the lineup after also going down with injury last Friday. Manager Rick Sofield said he expects Polanco to be out at least another week and that he had his foot in a boot and had not been participating in...

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Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson Homer for West Virginia

Game two of the four game series in Lakewood, saw the West Virginia lineup explode for nine runs, with the highlights being home runs from Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco. Zack Dodson picked up the win with two runs over six innings, with both runs coming in the first inning. Just like yesterday, I’ll have the individual player reports on Hanson, Willy Garcia, Jose Osuna and Taylor Lewis, as well as Polanco, who didn’t...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/28 — Dominican And Venezuelan Series Tied

Not too many Pirates’ players and friends left in the playoff mix, as winter league action winds down:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE    (best of 7) Tiburones de La Guaira  9,  Tigres de Aragua  1 Los Tiburones evened up the championship series again, at 2 games each, taking a big bite out of Los Tigres.  Los Tigres managed only 6 hits with one walk.  The only hit that made a difference was CF Jorge Cortes’ 8th inning solo...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/20 — Homers For Gimenez And Anderson; Two Perfect Innings For Thomas

The Mexican Pacific League and Dominican Leagues both begin their championship playoff series on Saturday  — best of 7 series for the Mexicans, and best of 9 series for the Dominicans.  Meanwhile, the Venezuelan League has only two more days left in the regular season, and the Puerto Rican League is in the middle of their best-of-9 championship series.   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  7,  Criollos de Caguas  4 Los...

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