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Winter League Update for 1/11/2010

In Venezuela: On Thursday Hernan Iribarren entered the game as a pinch runner and scored the winning run in Caracas' 4-3 win over Zulia.

On Sunday, he started in center field and went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 7th.

At 6-4, Caracas trails first place Magallanes by one game in the round robin portion of the VWL playoffs.

In the Dominican Republic:

At 7-6, Escogido is two games behind 9-4 Cibao for first place in the round robin portion of the playoffs.

In Mexico:

With the win on Sunday, Mazatlan eliminated Culican 4-3 in their best of seven series.

In Puerto Rico:

  • Efrain Nieves pitched in relief on Saturday, but allowed hits to both batters he faced before being removed. Both batters eventually scored.
  • Martin Maldonado had the game of his life on Friday, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two home runs, four runs scored and five RBI. He went 0-for-1 on Saturday, but still lifted his PWL line to .189/.295/.358.

The Puerto Rican regular season ends on Wednesday. At 25-13, Arecibo (Nieves) has already clinched first place in the standlings, and leads Caguas and Carolina by six games. Mayaguez (Maldonado, Hiram Burgos) is 9.5 games back at 16-23.