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

 

VENEZUELAN LEAGUE

Tiburones de La Guaira  6,  Bravos de Margarita  2

Anthony Claggett made the start for Los Bravos, and buzzed through the first four innings, allowing only a walk and a single in the top of the 1st.   He retired the side in order for three innings, but got into trouble fast in the 5th.  Back-to-back singles to begin the inning, and a wild pitch, put two runners into scoring position with no outs.  A sacrifice fly plated one run, and another pair of singles brought in a second run.  An intentional walk loaded the bases, and with two outs, Claggett was relieved.  The new pitcher, Kristhiam Linares, hit the first two batters he faced with pitches, driving in two runs, and a wil...

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