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

 

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Gigantes del Cibao  7,  Toros del Este  3

Two 3-run innings gave Los Gigantes the win in a "play in" game after the regular Dominican League season ended yesterday.  Los Toros began the game with 2 runs in the top of the 1st.  A lead-off double, and an RBI single by SS Pedro Ciriaco brought in the first run.  An error, a bunt, and a single plated Ciriaco with the second run.  A 3-run homer gave Los Gigantes a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, and they scored 3 more runs in the 6th with back-to-back solo homers, including one by former Pirate C Robinzon Diaz.  Each team scored a run in the 8th inning.  The two teams finished the regular season with identical 24-26 records, an...

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