Mets Will Allow Montero To Pitch In Dominican League

The Mets have granted permission for Rafael Montero to pitch for his native Escondido in the Dominican League this winter. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Montero spoke to Dominican reporter Héctor Gómez. “I’m eager to throw in my country. This will be a dream come true…I am sure Daniel Cabrera, Jorge Sosa, Edward Valdez, Carlos Pimentel and I will form a solid starting...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny’s Viral HR Was Off Ex-O’s Torture-Pitcher Daniel Cabrera

I love this viral clip of Manny Ramirez homering in his first Dominican Winter League at-bat. It spread all over yesterday, but what I didn’t notice was that the pitcher who gave it up is none other than Daniel Cabrera. If you’re an O’s fan, or just a fan of baseball curiosities in general, you remember him. He was 6′7″ and threw about 100 mph. You saw a lot of him for...
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November 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez Hits Home Run on First Pitch He Sees in Dominican Winter League Debut (Video)

Manny Ramirez is (sort of) back in baseball, and he made his presence felt right away upon his triumphant return. The former Red Sox slugger has returned to his homeland of Dominican Republic to play in the Dominican Winter League because, well, why not? He made his debut on Wednesday night for the Aguilas Cibaenas, and he didn’t waste long playing the role of national hardball...
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November 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez homers on first pitch in Dominican League

If one swing of the bat is any indication, Manny Ramirez has still got itThe 40-year-old slugger connected on the first pitch he saw during his Dominican League debut Wednesday. Ramirez, who has hit 555 homers in 19 Major League seasons, sent a Daniel Cabrera pitch straight over the right field fence. "I'm not thinking about the big leagues now," Ramirez said when he...
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November 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Notes, Ft. Essential Information re the AFL on TV

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Essential Information: Three Televised Arizona Fall League Games 2. Prospecting: John Sickels’ Top-20 List for Minnesota 3. Spotted: Daniel Cabrera in the Dominican Winter League Essential Information: Three Televised Arizona Fall League Games According to a press release from earlier this...
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November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Phil Irwin Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger. Irwin has put up impressive numbers this year, with a 2.93 ERA in 104.1 innings with Altoona, along with an 83:17 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts he has a 2.00 ERA in 63 innings, with a 56:10 K/BB ratio, and six of his 14 earned runs came during the first start in that...
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August 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Trade Daniel Cabrera, Sign Dallas McPherson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded Daniel Cabrera to the Arizona Diamondbacks and have signed Dallas McPherson, per an Indianapolis press release. McPherson hit for a .253/.335/.463 line in 229 at-bats in Triple-A for the Chicago White Sox earlier in the year. He was likely signed to help Indianapolis in the playoffs, especially after the Pirates call up players for September. No...
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August 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Slip Past Columbus, Holt And Tabata With 3 Hits Each

Indianapolis Indians  5,  Columbus Clippers  4 (Box)   Daniel Cabrera won his sixth game of the season. The Indianapolis Indians held on tight to a one-run lead, to win the final game of this 3-game series with the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio tonight.  Indians’ starter Daniel Cabrera earned the win with 6 innings of work, while Yamaico Navarro, Alex...
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August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/12/12

Clay Holmes gets the start today for State College on the road. Away from home, he has made four starts, giving up no earned runs and just six hits in 20 innings. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7 inning games.  Half of the teams are off today, a list that includes West Virginia, the GCL Pirates and both DSL teams. A full...
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August 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Knights Run Down Indians; Holt Makes His AAA Debut

Charlotte Knights  12,  Indianapolis Indians  2 (Box)   Daniel Cabrera surrendered 7 runs tonight. The Charlotte Knights scored in three consecutive innings, including a 5-run 6th, to ride right over the Indians tonight at Victory Field.  After both teams posted only 3 hits each yesterday, the Knights made up for it tonight with 14 hits, on their way to 12 runs.  The Indians...
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August 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Another Great Start For Holmes, Allie Hits His Third Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 3.93) - DNP 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (6-7, 3.91) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia...
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August 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/7/12

Clay Holmes will get the start tonight for State College. He ranks first in the NY-Penn League with his 0.94 ERA and his matching 0.94 WHIP ranks him eighth in the NYPL. Bradenton was off yesterday. West Virginia has off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Clay Holmes allowed just his fourth earned run of the season in his last start Triple-A: Indianapolis...
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August 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Hold A Hit-O-Rama

Indianapolis Indians  13,  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees  1 (Box)   Daniel Cabrera gave up one run in 6 innings. The Indianapolis Indians rolled into Frontier Field in Rochester, NY and got the party started.  They cracked out 21 hits and 13 runs to overwhelm the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees tonight.  Every member of the Indians’ line-up had at least one hit, and CF Jose...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/2/12

Indianapolis was off last night. Altoona plays an early afternoon game today. The GCL Pirates were rained out. They will play a doubleheader today, consisting of two 7 inning games. All five probables listed for today are right-handed pitchers. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Von Rosenberg had a 2.39 ERA in July Triple-A: Indianapolis (68-43) @ Scranton-WB...
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August 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 8/1/12

Indianapolis has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night on the road in Scranton for four games, before returning home. State College had off yesterday. Clay Holmes will be on the mound for the Spikes tonight. He has pitched one hit ball in four of his seven outings this season, which are also the first seven games of his pro career. A full recap of yesterday’s games...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians’ Errors Give Pawtucket The Win

Pawtucket Red Sox  5,  Indianapolis Indians  3 (Box)   Daniel Cabrera makes a pick-off throw to first base Two key errors committed by the Indianapolis Indians in the 5th inning all but handed the game to the Pawtucket Red Sox at Victory Field tonight.  The Pawtucket win gives the two teams a split of this 4-game series, but gives the Red Sox a 5-3 win in the season series. ...
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July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 7/27/12

Altoona was rained out last night. They will make up the game today as part of a doubleheader consisting of two 7 inning games. State College had their game suspended yesterday in the seventh inning with the score tied at four apiece. They will finish that game today, followed by the regularly scheduled game, which is now seven innings long. A full recap of yesterday’s games can...
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Morales’ Homer Gives Indians A Come-From-Behind Win

Indianapolis Indians  7,  Toledo Mud Hens  6 (Box)   Jose Morales hit the game-winning home run. A 3-run homer by C Jose Morales in the 8th inning gave the Indians the lead, and eventually the win, to defeat the Toledo Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio tonight.  The two teams combined for 25 hits, with 14 of them coming off the Indians’ bats.  LF Starling Marte...
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July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 7/22/12

State College will play a doubleheader today. The second game is a makeup of Friday’s rain out.  Both DSL teams as well as the GCL Pirates are off today. All three teams resume their schedule Monday. Altoona will play a doubleheader today. West Virginia finished the second game of Friday night’s doubleheader prior to the regularly scheduled game last night. The game was suspended...
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July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Wood Stumbles In 9th For Indians Loss

Gwinnett Braves  6,  Indianapolis Indians  4 (Box)   Tim Wood suffered the loss after giving up 4 runs in the top of the 9th. A disastrous top of the 9th for reliever Tim Wood led to a 4-run rally by the visiting Gwinnett Braves, and a loss for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field this afternoon.  The usually reliable Wood allowed 3 hits and 3 walks in the inning, as the...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: 7/18/12

Luis Heredia will get the start tonight for State College. His last start was covered here , one in which he picked up his first win of the season. We also had live coverage of his first, second and third starts of the year. West Virginia has off today. Both Bradenton and Indianapolis play early afternoon games today, while the GCL Pirates play a doubleheader. A full recap of yesterday’s...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Overthinking It: A Prospect Named Shaq, a Streak of 16 Strikeouts, and the Pain of Playing Baseball by Ben Lindbergh

One month ago today, the Red Sox selected Shaquille Green-Thompson in the 18th round of the amateur draft. Nine days later, they signed him to a contract. This was important for an obvious reason: if Green-Thompson signed and went on to play professional baseball, there would be a professional baseball player named Shaq. But as it turns out, the selection was even more important...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

The right and wrong sides of a 1-hitter…in a three day span

On Saturday night in Atlanta, O’s pitcher Jason Hammel was absolutely masterful, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Braves’ young slugger Jason Heyward broke it up with a single to left field. It would be the only hit Hammel would allow all evening on his way to the O’s first 1-hit shutout since Daniel Cabrera did it back in 2006. As for Jason Hammel, I’ve...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates cut 4 players from camp

The Pirates cut 1B Jeff Clement, OF Brandon Boggs, P Tim Wood, and P Daniel Cabrera from Major League camp this morning. There really aren’t any surprises out of this bunch. Boggs and Wood were the two out of the four that had an outside chance at making the club (very outside chance). Boggs was only 2 for 20 this spring. Wood put up a 2.25 ERA over 4 IP and will probably go back...
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March 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates 17, Twins 6

Yep, 17. The Bucs scored TEN in the first inning. At the plate: Alex Presley, Garrett Jones, and Matt Hague had three hits each. They all homered. Josh Harrison and Casey McGehee had two hits each, including a double apiece. The Bucs pounded out 10 hits for 10 runs in the top of the first inning, which lasted 34 minutes. On the mound:  Jo-Jo Reyes got the easy win with the enormous...
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March 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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