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Vargas just misses cycle in Indios opener

Twins prospect falls triple short of feat in four-RBI game, raises average by 40 points

Puerto Rican Winter League

Mayaguez 9, Manati 2 (Game 1)
Despite an abbreviated seven-inning affair, Twins prospect Kennys Vargas managed to fall just a triple shy of the cycle with a 3-for-4, four-RBI showing for the Indios. It was the first multi-hit game of the Puerto Rican League season for the 22-year-old first baseman, who entered Saturday with a .148 average through 22 games. Brahiam Maldonado and Wilberto Ortiz both went 2-for-3 with separate RBIs for the Atenienses. Box score

Mayaguez 6, Manati 5 (Game 2, makeup of 11/23 postponed)
The Indios swept the doubleheader, albeit in a much tighter nightcap. Reds prospect Juan Silva went 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run scored as the team's leadoff hitter. No. 9 hitter Felix Molina threw in a double, an RBI and a run of his own. Ruben Gotay went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs to provide the biggest chunk of the Manati offense. Box score

Carolina 5, Santurce 4, 10 innings
Pinch-runner Angel Morales (Twins) scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 10th inning to provide the game-winning tally for the Gigantes. Cardinals prospect Anthony Garcia hit a solo homer, and Cubs right-hander TyRelle Harris struck out nine and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings. Jeff Dominguez went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base for the Cangrejeros. Box score

Caguas 3, Ponce 1, 11 innings
Edgard Clemente lifted a two-run walkoff homer off reliever Juan Padilla in the 11th inning as the Criollos bested the Leones. The clutch round-tripper erased a great effort by Ponce starter Giancarlo Alvarado, who fanned eight and allowed one run on eight hits in 10 innings. Kelvin Villa did his part as Caguas starter, striking out eight as well and allowing one run on eight hits in his six frames. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes 5, Anzoategui 3
Minor League free agent Sergio Perez allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings to lead the Navegantes. Eliezer Alfonzo homered for the third straight game while finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Reegie Corona added a double and two RBIs of his own in the win. Niuman Romero (Tigers) and Jose Castillo hit solo and two-run homers respectively to keep it close for the Caribes in the ninth. Box score

Caracas 2, Zulia 1
Armando Galarraga kept the Aguilas at bay, surrendering just one run on seven hits in his five innings as the Leones starter. Angels farmhand Luis Rodriguez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Jesus Guzman (Padres) doubled and scored a run to lead the Caracas bats. Cesar Valdez struck out three and allowed only one hit in three innings to lead a group of five Zulia relievers that combined on six shutout innings. Gameday box score

Aragua 6, La Guaira 5
The Tigres scored all six of their runs between the seventh and eighth innings to eek past the Tiburones at home. Hector Gimenez, who saw time with the White Sox in 2012, led the charge, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Luis Hernandez also went 3-for-4 and added a double and two RBIs. Carlos Sanchez (White Sox) went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk and RBI for La Guaira. Box score

Lara 8, Margarita 5
Joe Thurston and Anderson De La Rosa (Brewers) both went deep and drove in three runs apiece to power the Cardenales offense. Luis Valbuena (Cubs) reached in all three of his at-bats, going 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera led the Bravos with two hits and two runs scored. Box score

Dominican Winter League

Este 5, Escogido 1
Blue Jays farmhand Ricardo Nanita tripled, doubled and brought home three of the Toros' five runs on the night. Cubs right-hander Alberto Cabrera struck out four and scattered five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings on the mound. Former Major Leaguer Fernando Tatis doubled and scored the Leones' only run. Box score

Cibaenas 5, Oriente 2
Twins righty Samuel Deduno struck out six and surrendered two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Aguilas bested the Estrellas. Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in the win. Robinzon Diaz and Juan Diaz (Indians) both doubled and combined to drive in Oriente's only two runs. Box score

Mexican Winter League

Culiacan 5, Los Mochis 0
Amauri Sanit allowed only one hit and struck out six over five innings to help the Tomateros blank the Caneros. Braves left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (three innings) and Francisco Rodriguez (one inning) also gave up one hit each to limit Los Mochis to three in the game. John Lindsey launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning to spark the Tomateros offense. Gameday box score

Mazatlan 3, Hermosillo 1
Cubs farmhand Jay Jackson allowed only one run on four hits and struck out seven over eight innings to give the Venados the victory. Issmael Salas went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in all three Mazatlan runs on the evening. Humberto Cota hit a solo blast to provide the only tally for the Naranjeros. Gameday box score

Mexicali 10, Guasave 5
It took some late-inning firepower to push the Aguilas past the Algodoneros. Oscar Robles launched a pinch-hit two-run homer in the sixth that was followed by another two-run homer by Jon Weber three batters later. In the eighth with the score 6-5, Michel Abreu hit a grand slam to provide some extra insurance. Guasave first baseman Japhet Amador went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three RBIs in a losing effort. Gameday box score

Obregon 7, Navojoa 6
Barbaro Canizares went 2-for-5 with a homer -- his 17th of the season -- and three RBIs for the Yaquis. Agustin Murillo went deep and added two RBIs of his own, while Doug Clark went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a stolen base. Jose Chavez walked three times and drove in two runs for the Mayos. Gameday box score