From the Dominican on Thursday night, Starling Marte went 1-for-5 with a single in his team's 4-1 win. During the Dominican League regular season, Marte went 3-for-7 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches in three games. In the playoffs, he is now 4-for-20 with two walks in five games.

Marte was without his Pirates teammate Gregory Polanco, who is attending the MLB Rookie Career Development Program. Polanco's GM Moises Alou said that he isn't expected back until next week. The program is four days long and held in Washington DC. It is set up to help players prepare for life in the big leagues.

When Polanco was the designated hitter in a game last week, Marte moved over from left field to take over in center field. With Polanco gone last night though, Marte stayed in left field.

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