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Winter League Update for 1/22/2010

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In the Dominican Republic: Carlos Gomez went 1-for-3, stole a base and scored a run in Escogido's 3-2 win over Cibao.

Escogido also won Wednesday (with Gomez out of the lineup), so the DWL Championship series (which is a best of nine, by the way) is tied 2-2. The series takes a day off today and resumes in Cibao tomorrow.

In Puerto Rico: Efrain Nieves had an excellent relief appearance in game 2 of a doublehader, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts in Arecibo's 3-2 loss to Mayaguez.

Martin Maldonado caught game 1 and went 1-for-2 with a double before being lifted for a pinch hitter in Mayaguez's 7-1 victory.

With the wins, Mayaguez has opened up a 3-1 lead in the best of seven semifinal series. The two teams are scheduled to meet in a doubleheader again today, with Arecibo needing to win both games to fend off elimination.