Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals
Jan19

Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals

The Dominican League finals start tomorrow night, with Escogido taking on Licey. They were originally scheduled to start tonight, but Licey finished tied with the Gigantes in the round robin tournament and they needed to play a one game playoff for the second spot in the finals last night. The loss by the Gigantes eliminated two Pirates players from the tournament, catcher Carlos Paulino and pitcher Elvin Ramirez. That leaves Gregory...

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Winter Leagues: Arribas Goes Deep in Australia
Jan17

Winter Leagues: Arribas Goes Deep in Australia

From Australia on Friday, Danny Arribas hit his first home run of the ABL season, but it wasn’t enough, as his team lost 5-2 to Adelaide. Arribas was the designated hitter and he went 1-for-3 with a solo homer. He is hitting .157 through 31 games and he came into the day with just three extra base hits, all doubles. Arribas has just one home run in three seasons of pro ball, a solo home run on June 21,2012 while he was in the...

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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 In Escogido’s Clincher
Jan15

Winter Leagues: Polanco Returns In Escogido’s Clincher

In the Dominican on Tuesday night, Gregory Polanco returned to action for the first time in over two weeks. He last played on December 30th, before he left for the United States to attend Pirates mini-camp and MLB’s Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco went 0-for-5 in his team’s 6-0 victory. He scored once and drove in a run. Polanco was the designated hitter during his first day back. His team used four pitchers to...

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Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco
Jan14

Winter Leagues: Updates For Marte and Polanco

Very little action on the schedule Monday, but the Starling Marte situation always has something new each day. The soap opera started with him leaving a game early last Sunday. He then missed the next two games and had a team off day on Wednesday. The word we got was that he was just resting, but then it came out that he had a minor back injury. Marte returned on Thursday, played Friday as the designated hitter and then sat out...

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