In Venezuela on Tuesday night, Jose Osuna hit his first home run of the winter, a solo shot to lead-off the fourth inning. He finished 1-for-4 on the day with two strikeouts. Osuna is 5-for-27 (.185) through seven games. He played his fourth game at third base and handled two putouts and one grounder. He has two errors on eight total chances.
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In the Dominican, Starling Marte was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left for a defensive replacement after running the bases. While there was no update during or after the game last night, the last time he was hit by a pitch he ran the bases, was replaced on defense, then played the next day, so it could be the team being cautious. I’m sure we will either find out more soon or he will just be back in the lineup tonight.
UPDATE: 9:22 AM: Escogido just announced that Marte left due to the flu, so apparently it had nothing to do with getting hit minutes earlier.
Pablo Reyes went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s batting .247/.320/.315 through 28 games.
Anderson Feliz went 1-for-4 with a single, giving him a .254 average through 25 games.
In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. After coming through with the go-ahead hit in each of his last two games, Munoz tied the score in the eighth inning with his single. His team would go on to win 6-5 in the ninth. He is batting .260/.356/.368 through 38 games.
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