Winter Leagues:  Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia
Jan16

Winter Leagues: Kennelly and Hutchings Square Off In Australia

Neither Gregory Polanco nor Starling Marte played last night, and Marte may not return to play Winter ball this year, but their Escogido team clinched home field advantage for the finals. With two games left in the round robin tournament, any of the other three teams could pull out the second spot. Polanco played Tuesday night and went 0-for-5, though he scored once and drove in a run. He had not played since December 30th. From...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns With Two Hits
Dec30

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns With Two Hits

In the Dominican from Sunday, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte played their third playoff game for Escogido. Polanco left Saturday’s game early after being hit on the knee with a 99 MPH fastball. He returned on Sunday, but he was in the lineup as the designated hitter, while Marte moved from left field to center field. Polanco went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Marte went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Their Escogido team lost 7-5...

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Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early
Dec29

Winter Leagues: Escobar Homers, Polanco Leaves Game Early

In the Dominican from Saturday night, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco played their second straight game in the outfield together. Their Escogido team won 6-1 in their second playoff game, moving to 1-1 after losing the opener. Polanco went 1-for-2 with a single, run scored and hit-by-pitch, which came in his first plate appearance. The pitch was a 99 MPH fastball from 22-year-old St Louis Cardinals reliever Carlos Martinez and hit...

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Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez
Dec27

Winter Leagues: Three Hits For Gonzalez

In Puerto Rico from Thursday night, Benji Gonzalez had a big night in his team’s 8-1 win. He went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Gonzalez came into the game with just one RBI in his first 16 games. He is now hitting .308, though he has drawn just one walk. He has a .763 OPS and has not made an error all season. From Friday in Australia, Sam Kennelly was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in action. He...

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Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Returns To Lineup
Dec22

Winter Leagues: Starling Marte Returns To Lineup

From the Dominican on Saturday night, Starling Marte returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk. He left Thursday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning and then he sat out Friday night. Marte has reached base in six of his ten plate appearances. Gregory Polanco went 1-for-4 with a single. His average dropped slightly, down to .331, but he remains the league leader in...

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