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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Winter Leagues: Nik Turley Throws Five Shutout Innings

From the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with his second double and second triple of the winter. He also scored two runs and picked up an RBI. Marte is hitting .212/.277/.353 through 23 games.

Nik Turley made his second start of the winter and was impressive over five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts. He allowed one unearned run over three innings in his debut last week. The Pirates picked up Turley off of waivers on November 6th. Between the majors and minors with the Twins last year, the 28-year-old lefty made 16 starts and 17 relief appearances.

Anderson Feliz went 0-for-3 with an outfield assist. He is hitting .268/.341/.390 through 29 games.

In Venezuela, Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. He played his eighth game at third base and his only play was on a line drive in the third inning, although a batter reached on an infield single to third base in the seventh. Without seeing the play, it’s impossible to say whether he had a chance at making the out. Osuna has handled 14 of his 16 chances so far cleanly, including all five on Saturday night. At the plate, he is hitting .250/.313/.455 through 12 games.

Osuna recently talked to local media (link is in Spanish) about the difficulties in adjusting to third base and how big of a difference it is from playing first base.

Elvis Escobar went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .287/.335/.350 through 42 games.

Danny Ortiz went 0-for-4, leaving him 1-for-15 through his first four games.

In Mexico, Carlos Munoz went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .259/.358/.353 through 43 games.

In Colombia on Saturday night, Francisco Acuna saw his 14-game on base streak end with an 0-for-3 game. He is now hitting .234/.372/.313 through 21 games.

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joe s

Pirates should have saved the stamp and not been involved with in this ingrate at all.

Hoptown

Where’s the article about the Pirates signing Ohtani? Did we tell him we once had Masumi Kuwata?

Robert J

BUT PNC PARK IS ON THE WEST COAST OF THE ALLEGHENY!

tcs3gobucs

YES!!!

terrygordon30

The Pirates even offered to have Vin Scully announce the games and have Tommy Lasorda manage while playing all of their home games In Stockton California. All home games would be preceded by the playing of the Big Valley theme and Linda Evens throwing out the first pitch to Manny Mota.

Mike G

Linda Evans, boy, that’s a blast from the past. Maybe Lee Majors could catch the first pitch instead!

terrygordon30

Since Lee’s stage name came from his admiration of Johnny Majors, that would be appropriate. Perhaps a Barbara Stanwyk bobble head giveaway would be a good idea.

Manny Mota was on the Pirates when I started rooting for them back in the 60s. They exposed him to the expansion draft, and the Expos selected him and eventually traded him to the Dodgers. The Expos took him early in the draft, figuring that the Pirates would pull him back if another Pirate was selected. The Expos were right. Joe L Brown loved players like Manny Mota. He was a wonderfull ball player.

Mike G

Pinch-hitter extraordinaire, played forever.

terrygordon30

Right after the article announcing signing of Bert Blyleven who will be making a comback as a second baseman.

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