Found November 24, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
Happy Thanksgiving!  Checking in with the Pirates’ players and friends in Wednesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Indios de Mayaguez  1,  Criollos de Caguas  0 Los Indios posted 10 hits but left 8 runners on base, scoring only one run.  A double and two singles brought in the lone run, but left the bases loaded and one out.  Unfortunately, 3B Jeremy Farrell bounced into a double play to end the rally.  Farrell went 0-for-4 in the game.   Gigantes de Carolina  4,  Leones de Ponce  2 Los Gigantes scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, leaving Los Leones to try to catch up.  SS Benji Gonzalez went 0-for-2 at the plate, and made a throwing error, though the error did not lead to a run.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara  6,  Tigres de Aragua  2 Los Cardenales also put Los Tigres in the position of trying to catch up, with a 2-run 3rd inning and a 3-run 5th.  Los Tigres scored one run in the 5th on a wild pitch and a double.  SS Ronny Cedeno singled t...

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The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed catcher Brian Jeroloman from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a team press release. Pittsburgh designated the 26-year-old on November 21st, only a few days after they claimed him off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Image by mwlguide under the Creative Commons License.

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