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The Pirates have signed INF Josh Fields to a minor league contract. Fields is an Oklahoma native who was the White Sox' first round draft pick in 2004. He progressed quickly through their organization, playing mostly third base, and reached the major leagues in 2006, when he played in 11 games for Chicago after spending most of the season in AAA Charlotte (.305, 19 HR, 70 RBI). For the next three seasons, Fields bounced between AAA and the majors. With Charlotte, he totalled 25 homers and 85 RBI with a .262 average in 158 games. He played in 193 games with the White Sox over those seasons, with a .231 average, 30 homers, and 99 RBI. Fields was traded to the Royals after the 2009 season, but he got in little playing time during 2010 due to hip surgery. He played in 13 games for the Royals in September, and his bat showed some promise -- .309 with 3 homers and 6 RBI. The 28-year-old got in some make up for missed at-bats by playing for Los Senadores de San Juan in the Puerto Rican League during October and November. In 22 games, he hit .200 with 6 RBI, though in his last week, he went 7-for-27 (.259). Fields has been invited to the major league camp for spring training, and he will be competing for a utility spot on the major league club.
Just a little action on Monday in the winter leagues as we cheer for a few Pirates' players and friends:
Tigres de Licey 2, Aguilas Cibaenas 0 -- Los Aguilas were held to three hits and two walks -- one hit and one walk in both the first and last innings, plus a single in the 8th. Starling Marte came into the game as a defensive replacement in center field for Los Aguilas, but he did not get an at-bat. Los Tigres scored one run in the 2nd, on a single, a walk, and a fielding error. They added an insurance run in the 8th, when DH Ronny Paulino led off with a single and was replaced by a pinch-runner. A sacrifice bunt and a throwing error put the runner on third base, and 1B Robinzon Diaz brought him in with a fly ball and an error. A single followed, but two runners were left on base. Tigres' Denny Bautista pitched to 3 batters in the 8th inning and gave up a single.
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 -- A solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning broke a 4-4 tie, for Los Tiburones' win. Los Navegantes plated 4 runs in the 4th, on a 2-run homer, followed by four singles and a sacrifice fly. Los Tiburones got onto the scoreboard in the 6th inning, with a run on a double and an RBI single. Jean Machi took the mound in the bottom of the 9th for Magallanes, but he was done in by three fielding errors (of the 5 errors committed by Los Magallanes). A single opened the inning, then Machi got a pop out. The first fielding error put runners on first and second, then Machi struck out the next batter. Another fielding error loaded the bases, and the third error allowed 2 runs to score. An RBI single gave Los Tiburones their third run of the inning and tied the score. Machi was relieved at that point, and a fly out ended the inning.
Southpaw Donnie Veal will likely be back in Indianapolis in 2011. He has signed a minor league contract with the Pirates today, and has also been invited to the big league camp for Spring Training. After struggling through his mandatory year on the Pirates' major league roster as a Rule 5 Draft pick in 2009, Veal was assigned to the AAA Indians to begin 2010. He made 9 starts for the Indians, with a 3-2 record and a 4.35 ERA over 49.2 innings before being shut down due to elbow issues. Veal had Tommy John surgery in early June, and is expected to be ready to go for Spring Training.
The signing of 1B Lyle Overbay is going to make things more difficult for the likes of Steve Pearce and Jeff Clement. Both are working their way back from knee problems. Pearce was granted one more option year because of his injuries last season.
Other news of minor league contracts signed: Former Pirate Denny Bautista has signed with the Mariners. INF Doug Bernier, who spent 2010 with the Indy Indians, signed with the Yankees. P Vinnie Chulk signed with the A's. Former Pirate P Jonah Bayliss signed with the Rays. INF/OF Jonathan Van Every signed with the Nationals.
Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in Wednesday's winter league games:
Caribes de Anzoategui 4, Bravos de Margarita 0 -- Los Bravos were held to just 3 hits, along with 2 walks. The first 13 Margarita batters went down in order before the first base runner reached on a walk. They had 2 runners on base in both the 6th and 8th innings, but could not get them around to score. Los Caribes scored one run in each of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, then one more in the 7th. In the 4th, LF Jose Tabata was hit by a pitch, then scored on an RBI double.
Tigres del Aragua 3, Cardenales de Lara 1 -- A 2-run homer in the bottom of the 11th by C Wilson Ramos broke the 1-1 tie for Los Tigres. The homer came off Lara reliever Romulo Sanchez, who was charged with his second loss of the season. Each team scored a run in the 2nd inning. Los Cardenales' rally was started with a single by former Pirate farmhand CF Ray Sadler, then another single and two walks forced in a run. Ramos doubled to lead off the bottom of the 2nd for Los Tigres. He scored on a single by 1B Hector Gimenez and a sacrifice fly. Both teams missed scoring opportunities in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, but there was only one base runner for either team over the next four innings -- that was DH Lastings Milledge, who doubled in the 9th.
Cheering for some Pirates' players and friends in Friday's winter league action:
Leones del Caracas 6, Tigres de Aragua 4 -- Caracas won this battle of the Big Cats. Los Leones scored first with a solo homer in the top of the 1st. Los Tigres tied it up in the 2nd inning. Two singles, including one by 1B Hector Gimenez, and a throwing error put runners on second and third bases. LF Lastings Milledge drove in the run with a ground out to third. Caracas took the lead again in the top of the 3rd, with a walk, a ground out, and an RBI single. The batter was out at second as he tried to advance on the throw to the plate: CF Jorge Cortes to C Raul Chavez to SS Ronny Cedeno, who tagged the runner out. Aragua took a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd, with a 3-run homer, after Chavez reached on a fielding error, a single, and Cedeno's sacrifice bunt. But Los Leones came right back with their own homer for 2 runs in the top of the 4th, then took the lead with another run on two singles. They added an insurance run in the top of the 9th, on two singles and a throwing error. Los Tigres did not score again, though Milledge singled in the 4th, Cedeno singled in the 5th, and Cortes singled in the 7th.
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Gigantes de Carolina 8, Criollos de Caguas 3 -- Los Criollos managed only 5 hits, and two of those were by SS Luis Figueroa. Figueroa singled in the 3rd, and along with two more singles and two walks, Los Criollos scored 2 runs. Figueroa also reached on an error in the 4th, and that allowed Los Criollos' remaining run to score. He also singled in the 9th. 3B Ramon Vazquez went 0-for-4 for Caguas. Los Gigantes scored 2 runs in the 2nd and 4th innings, then added 4 runs in the 7th inning.
Aguilas Cibaenas 10, Tigres del Licey 3 -- Los Tigres posted 10 hits but left 11 runners on base, scoring only 3 times. Licey scored a run in the 3rd on two singles and a sacrifice fly. LF Jake Fox and two others singled in the 7th, and one run scored when C Robinzon Diaz bounced into a double play. A single and a double gave Los Tigres their last run in the 8th. Diaz singled for Los Tigres in the 2nd inning, but DH Ronny Paulino (who just signed a contract with the Mets) went 0-for-3 with a walk. Los Aguilas put up their first run in the 4th, tying the game on two singles, a walk, and a wild pitch. Then they put the game out of reach with 4 runs in the 6th and 3 runs in the 7th. Denny Bautista came on to pitch for Licey in the 7th, and he gave up a walk and a 2-RBI double. Starling Marte scored one of those runs, since he had just come in to pinch-run. Marte remained in the game to play right field. He batted again in the 9th, and reached base on a fielding error, though was out on a force play at second. A walk and a single brought in two more Aguilas' runs in the 9th. LF Kevin Melillo went 0-for-3 for Los Aguilas.
The MLB Winter Meetings are over.... back to the winter league action, as we cheer on some new Pirates' players.
Leones del Escogido 3, Tigres del Licey 0 -- New Pirate Caesar Valdez (just acquired from the Diamondbacks as the player-to-be-named-later in the Zach Duke trade) made his 8th start for Licey, but did not get out of the 3rd inning as he suffered his 2nd loss of the season. Valdez had no trouble in his first inning of work, then gave up a solo home run in the 2nd inning. He put out the first two batters in the 3rd inning, then gave up three consecutive singles for a run, plus a walk. Valdez was relieved at that point, with no more runs scoring in the inning. Los Leones did score one more run in the 5th. Los Tigres were held to just 4 hits, including one by Indy area native 1B Jake Fox. 3B Andy Marte and C Robinzon Diaz were both hitless in the game.
Bravos de Margarita 5, Cardenales de Lara 4 -- Los Cardenales tied the score at 4-4 in the top of the 8th on a pair of doubles. The winning run scored in the bottom of the 9th, when two walks and a hit batter put three Bravos on base. Another walk forced in the winning run. Romulo Sanchez pitched to 4 Margarita batters and made 4 outs, finishing the 6th inning for Lara and then pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the 7th. Jhonathan Ramos pitched a scoreless 6th inning for Margarita. He allowed a double and a walk, with 2 strikeouts.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Navegantes de Magallanes 4 -- A game full of Pirates. Los Tigres posted a pair of 2-run homers in the 5th inning, on their way to 13 total hits. Every member of the lineup except for C Raul Chavez had at least one hit. SS Ronny Cedeno, 1B Hector Gimenez, LF Lastings Milledge, and CF Jorge Cortes each had one run. Wil Ledezma pitched one inning for Los Tigres. He entered the game in the 7th inning, and was responsible for one run on a solo homer. Then he began the 8th inning, when he allowed two more runs to score. Corey Hamman pitched in the top of the 9th for Los Navegantes. He gave up a single and a pair of intentional walks, but ended the inning and the game without any of those runners scoring.
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Caribes de Anzoategui 3 -- In his second Venezuelan League game, LF Jose Tabata walked and singled for Los Caribes. He singled in the bottom of the 1st, moving another runner to third base, and that runner came around to score, for 2 runs in the 1st. Los Tiburones tied the score with 2 runs in the 3rd inning. They took the lead with a run in the 6th, and Los Caribes tied the score again in the bottom of the 7th, on a walk and two singles. The game went into extras, and in the top of the 10th, Los Tiburones scored the winning and insurance runs on a 2-run homer.
MLB's winter meetings begin tomorrow (Monday). Stay tuned for news of trades, moves, shifts, Rule 5 draft, etc.
A few of Sunday's winter league games with Pirates' players and friends participating:
Cardenales de Lara 3, Bravos de Margarita 1 -- Anthony Claggett pitched 4 innings in his start for Los Bravos, and allowed one unearned run on a hit and a walk in the night-cap of a double-header. The run came in the bottom of the 1st, when a single and a throwing error at third base put the lead-off runner on second base. A sacrifice bunt and an RBI ground out brought in the unearned run. After a walk, Claggett retired 10 of the 11 remaining batters he faced -- he hit one batter with a pitch. Los Bravos scored their run in the top of the 1st, on a double, a bunt, and a sacrifice fly. Claggett left the game with the score tied. He was relieved by Edgar Martinez, who began the bottom of the 5th by allowing a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a 2-run homer, which gave Lara the win.
Aguilas de Zulia 6, Tigres de Aragua 1 -- SS Ronny Cedeno and CF Lastings Milledge each had a single in the 8th inning, and Milledge also walked in the 4th, but neither came around to score in Los Tigres' loss. Aragua's only run was scored in the top of the 9th, on a triple and an RBI single. Zulia scored their 6 runs on 13 hits, scattered over 5 of their 8 at-bats. C Raul Chavez, C Miguel Perez, and pinch-hitter Jorge Cortes were all hitless for Los Tigres.
Leones del Caracas 8, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 -- Corey Hamman pitched a scoreless inning for Los Navegantes in their loss. Caracas had already scored 2 runs in each of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings, and Los Navegantes had scored a pair of runs on a 2-run homer in the 4th and one more run in the 7th on a double, a single, and an RBI ground out. The first batter in the top of the 8th was hit by a pitch, and Hamman entered the game with that runner on first base. He gave up a walk but retired three batters to get out of the inning without allowing a run to score. Los Navegantes scored one more run in the bottom of the 9th on a hit batter and two singles, but it wasn't enough.
Looking in on Pirates' players and friends in Saturday's winter league action:
Estrellas de Oriente 6, Tigres del Licey 3 -- Los Tigres posted only 5 hits, but they also hurt themselves by committing 4 errors. They scored all of their runs in the 3rd inning on a 3-run homer. DH Ronny Paulino, C Robinzon Diaz, and 1B Jake Fox were all hitless for Los Tigres. Los Estrellas took advantage of the errors to score 2 runs in each of the 1st, 5th, and 8th innings. Half of their runs were unearned.
Gigantes del Cibao 7, Leones del Escogido 3 -- Mike Dubee earned his third Dominican League win for Los Gigantes. Dubee entered the game in the top of the 5th inning, with Los Gigantes leading 3-2, two runners on base, and two outs. The first batter he faced reached base on a fielding error at third base, allowing the tying run to score. The next batter singled up the middle, but the throw in from center field let C JR House tag the lead runner out at the plate to end the inning. House was the lead-off batter in Los Gigantes' half of the inning, and he began a rally with a single into center field. A sacrifice bunt and a single brought in House with the go-ahead run, and another single and an RBI ground out gave Dubee and Los Gigantes an insurance run. Dubee pitched a scoreless 6th inning, and then was relieved. Los Gigantes added 2 more runs in the 8th on two singles, a walk, and a fielding error.
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Criollos de Caguas 2, Leones de Ponce 0 -- The Caguas pitchers allowed only 4 Ponce hitters to reach base, on three singles and a double scattered throughout the game, and two of the base runners were erased with double plays. Los Criollos scored their first run in the 4th, when 3B Ramon Vazquez led off with a walk, and scored on a single and an RBI double. A triple and an RBI single gave them another run in the 7th, and that was all they needed.
Cheering for Pirates' players and friends in Wednesday's winter league action (the new minor league free agents did not get into the games):
PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE
Criollos de Caguas 2, Leones de Ponce 1 -- Not a lot of hitting or scoring here. Ponce scored one run in the 3rd inning on a pair of doubles. Los Criollos tied it up in the 6th with a walk, a single, and a throwing error. 3B Ramon Vazquez walked, then another single brought in the winning run. SS Luis Figueroa singled in the 1st inning, but was left on base.
Caribes de Anzoategui 2, Navegantes del Magallanes 1 -- Same thing in this game, not much offense. The difference is that Los Caribes scored one run in two different innings -- a homer in the 2nd, and a double, a single, and an RBI grounder in the 7th. Los Navegantes scored on a double and two wild pitches in the 6th. Reliever Jean Machi pitched a perfect bottom of the 8th for Los Navegantes: two strikeouts and a ground out.
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Aguilas del Zulia 4 -- This first game of a double-header was supposed to be only 7 innings, but the score was tied at 1-1 from the 5th through the 7th. Los Tiburones scored 2 in the top of the 8th on a 2-run homer. With Chris Hernandez on the mound for La Guaira, Los Aguilas responded with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th, and Hernandez was charged with a Blown Save. Then three singles gave La Guaira the go-ahead run again in the top of the 9th. An error and a wild pitch added an insurance run, which they would need. Zulia scored a run in the bottom of the inning on three singles, but their rally was cut short, and Los Tiburones held on for the win, credited to Hernandez.
Estrellas de Oriente 5, Tigres del Licey 4 -- Los Tigres started the scoring in the 4th inning, on a single, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Jake Fox. Fox moved to second on an error on a pick-off attempt, then scored on an RBI single. Robinzon Diaz also singled in the inning. Diaz also singled in the 8th after a walk, and two errors on the play brought the run in. A home run in the 6th gave Los Tigres one more run. Los Estrellas scored one run in the 4th, and collected a 2-run homer in the 5th. They took the lead in the bottom of the 8th on four singles.
Toros del Este 10, Aguilas Cibaenas 1 -- Los Aguilas scored one run on a triple and a sacrifice bunt in the 2nd inning, then gave up 10 unanswered runs, including 6 Toros' runs in the 8th inning. SS Pedro Ciriaco walked in the 3rd inning but was out in a force play at second base. He was 0-for-3 for the rest of the night.
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Tomateros de Culiacan 2, Venados de Mazatlan 1 -- Los Venados were held to just 2 hits, and scored their only run in the 5th, on a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI ground out. Culiacan's 2-run homer in the 2nd inning was all the scoring they needed. LF Rogelios Noris came into the game as a late-inning defensive replacement, and struck out in his only plate appearance.
The game between the Adelaide Bite and the Canberra Cavalry had to be postponed. They will try for a double-header on Friday (early Friday morning for most of us). The two teams are already scheduled to play a double-header on Saturday.
The Bite are reporting that the Pirates have signed reliever Jackson Lodge to a contract. Lodge is a product of the Australian Baseball Academy, where he had a 2-3 record and a 2.03 ERA in 40 innings last year. Lodge has pitched in 4 games for the Bite so far this season, with mixed results. On Nov 13th, he pitched the 8th inning of the Bite's 8-3 win over Melbourne. After striking out the first batter, Lodge gave up two doubles and two singles, for 2 runs. On the 18th, he pitched to 4 batters in the Bite's win over Perth, and retired all four, including one strikeout. Two days later, he earned a "Hold" in another victory over Perth, but he faced only two batters -- a ground out and a single, and that runner eventually came around to score. On the 26th, Lodge came on in relief in the 4th when the starting pitcher had to leave the game due to an arm injury. Lodge hit the first batter he faced, then ended the inning with a ground out. But he got into trouble in the 5th, giving up 2 runs on a walk, three singles, and a sacrifice fly. He retired two batters in the 6th, then was relieved. It will be interesting to see where Lodge is assigned in the US -- the Pirates will surely be watching his progress in the ABL.
After having a Monday off, the winter leagues are back to action on Tuesday night, as we cheer on the Pirates' players and friends:
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Leones de Ponce 1, Gigantes de Carolina 0 -- After 10.5 scoreless innings, the only run of the game came in the bottom of the 11th. A fielding error, a double, and and intentional walk loaded the bases for Los Leones, then a balk forced in the winning run. Former Pirate farmhand RJ Rodriguez was the winning pitcher. He threw two scoreless innings (9th and 10th) and was the pitcher of record when his teammates scored the winning run. Los Gigantes was held to just 2 hits and 3 walks. The hits were both singles, in the 1st and 2nd innings.
Criollos de Caguas 3, Senadores de San Juan 1 -- Former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa got the scoring started with a solo home run in the top of the 1st. Figueroa led off the 4th with a single, then scored on an RBI double. A single and two doubles added Caguas' third run in the 6th. Figueroa collected his third hit of the game with a lead-off single in the 8th. 3B Ramon Vazquez went 0-for-4 for Los Criollos.
Aguilas Cibaenas 5, Toros del Este 3 -- SS Pedro Ciriaco had 2 of Los Toros' 8 hits. He led off the bottom of the 6th with a single, then came around to score on a passed ball, a ground out, and an RBI single. Los Toros added 2 more runs in the 7th, the first on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly. Then Ciriaco drove in another run with his second single. Los Aguilas scored 2 runs in each of the 4th and 5th, then one more in the 9th for the win.
Tigres del Licey 6, Estrellas de Oriente 5 -- Los Tigres were behind 5-0 going into the bottom of the 6th inning, when Indy area native DH Jake Fox put them onto the scoreboard with a 2-run homer. C Robinzon Diaz led off the bottom of the 7th with a single, and two more runs scored that inning on another single and two errors. Then Fox gave Los Tigres the win with another 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th.
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Venados de Mazatlan 5, Tomateros de Culiacan 3 -- Los Venados held off late-inning rallies by Los Tomateros for the win. LF Rogelios Noris singled in the game, but did not score.
Not sure why the Venezuelan League info is not coming up. Maybe more of that in the morning too. -- 7 am -- nope, still no info. Odd.
Sunday's winter league action with the Pirates' players and friends...
As usual, the Arizona Fall League has Sunday off. Guess who is leading the AFL in RBI? That's right, it's OF Andrew Lambo.
The Australian League also has a few days off, with the Adelaide Bite and Quincy Latimore back in action on Wednesday.
Tigres de Aragua 6, Cardenales de Lara 4 -- A 4-run 4th inning gave Los Tigres the edge over Los Cardenales. A pair of singles opened the inning, then after a fly out, CF Jorge Cortes loaded the bases with a single into right field. Lara changed pitchers, but he gave up three more singles. The first drove in one run, then SS Ronny Cedeno singled in two more runs. A passed ball put runners onto second and third bases, and RF/LF Lastings Milledge's single drove in the fourth run of the inning. Los Tigres' first run came on a solo home run that opened the game in the top of the 1st. Cedeno singled and Milledge walked after the home run, but they did not score in that inning. Aragua added a run on a double and a fielding error in the 2nd inning. Cedeno also singled in the 3rd inning, for a total of 3 hits in the game. C Raul Chavez was hitless in 5 at-bats. Lara also scored one run in the 1st inning, to tie the score. Los Cardenales took a 3-2 lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, but that lead lasted only a few minutes, until Aragua scored 4 in the 4th.
Aguilas del Zulia 10, Navegantes del Magallanes 4 -- Los Aguilas also had a 4-run inning, the 9th, to cap their scoring and take the win. LF Mike Ryan singled in the 1st inning for Magallanes but did not come around to score. Magallanes scored one run in the 3rd and another in the 4th. In the 9th, Los Navegantes loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, then scored one run on SS Argenis Diaz's sacrifice fly. Another single plated one more run, but a double play ended the rally.
Los Bravos de Margarita are reporting that manager Luis Dorante has been hospitalized with kidney failure. He will be out for two weeks.
Cheering for the Pirates' farmhands and friends in Saturday's winter league games...
Cardenales de Lara 2, Tigres de Aragua 1 -- Brian Bass suffered the loss for Los Tigres, though he did not pitch poorly. Bass threw 7.2 innings and scattered 5 hits and 3 walks. He gave up a run on a single and a double in the 3rd inning, and another on a hit batter and a double in the 6th. A walk and a double play on a bouncer back to the mound started the 8th inning, then Bass was relieved. Los Tigres scored their only run in the 5th inning. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for SS Ronny Cedeno, whose sacrifice fly plated the run. Cedeno singled in the 1st inning. LF Lastings Milledge singled in the 4th inning, but he was picked off. DH Hector Gimenez doubled in the 8th, but was left on base. CF Jorge Cortes was the only Tigres batter with 2 hits, both singles. Romulo Sanchez pitched to two batters in the 6th for Lara -- he walked Milledge, then got a ground out.
Navegantes del Magallanes 6, Leones del Caracas 3 -- Sean Gallagher earned his third win for Magallanes, going 5 innings in this start. Gallagher faced only one batter over the minimum over the first three innings, allowing just a walk in the top of the 1st. He allowed a lead-off homer to DH Jesus Guzman in the 4th, then a single and a double in that inning. Guzman got to Gallagher again in the 5th, with a 2-run homer. Jean Machi earned his 5th save of the season with a scoreless top of the 9th for Magallanes, allowing only a single to
Tigres del Licey 5, Toros del Este 2 -- C Jason Jaramillo drove in one of Los Toros' runs with a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning, but Los Toros would not score after that. SS Pedro Ciriaco singled in the 9th innning, but was left on base. Los Tigres scored one run in the 3rd, and tied the game with a solo homer in the 5th. Licey took the lead in the 6th. Pinch-hitter Jake Fox began the rally with a single, and he came in on an RBI single. C Robinzon Diaz gave the team a pair of insurance runs with a 2-RBI single.