Tonight, both the Venezuelan Winter League and Clemente League Finals begin.
In the VWL, Magallanes will face Aragua in the best-of-seven series. To get to the finals, Magallanes beat Caribes in Game 7. In that game for Caribes, Gabriel Noriega went 0-for-2 and was pinch-hit for in the eighth.
Aragua advanced to the finals by beating La Guaira in Game 7. In that game, Jose Martinez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout for La Guaira.
In the Clemente League, Santurce advanced to the finals by beating Caguas to face Mayaguez in the best-of-seven series.
Last night, Santurce beat Caguas in the tiebreaker, 1-0 and held Caguas to just two hits. Reymond Fuentes went 1-for-4 and drove in the game’s lone run in the 5th inning on a two out single.
In the Dominican Winter League, Escogido leads Licey 2-0 in the finals. After winning 12 straight games in the postseason, Licey has now lost six in a row. It is a best-of-nine series.
In the Mexican Pacific League, the finals is tied at 1-1 between Mazatlan and Mexicali.
Alex Liddi, who just signed with Baltimore, has switched teams in the MPL once again. He is now playing right field for Mexicali. In the first two games, Liddi went 1-for-7 with a walk, two runs scored, and three strikeouts.
*Remember, the winners of the above finals (plus Cuba) will advance to the Caribbean Series which begins on February 1st.
In the Australian Baseball League, Melbourne’s first two games of their final series of the year have been postponed. The Aces will now play a doubleheader on both Saturday and Sunday.
MLB Network will be airing one of those games on Sunday at midnight. So if you want to watch some live baseball and avoid the snow and cold outside, stay up late Saturday night to watch KC Royals minor leaguers Mike Hill and Logan Moon for the Aces.