Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Thursday's winter league action:

 

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Tiburones de La Guaira  4,  Leones del Caracas  3

Los Leones' solo home run in the top of the 9th got them within one run of Los Tiburones, but they could not get any closer.  Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones and allowed one run in three of the first four innings.  Caracas scored 2 runs in the top of the 3rd, briefly tying the score.  Los Tiburones scored their final run in the 7th.  After a lead-off single and a sacrifice bunt, Justin Thomas came on in relief.  He threw a wild pitch, moving the runner to third base.  An RBI single brought the run in.  Thomas began the 8th inning with a walk, then erased that runner with a double play, then was relieved.

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