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Indians' Aguilar leads Caracas to win in opener

Tribe prospect homers in 3-for-4 performance hitting behind former All-Star Abreu

Venezuelan Winter League

Caracas 8, Margarita 1
Indians No. 17 prospect Jesus Aguilar, batting behind former Major League All-Star Bobby Abreu, went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored to lead Caracas to an 8-1 win over Margarita in the teams' 2013 Venezuelan Winter League opener. Cubs Cuban farmhand Yoanner Negris allowed two hits in five shutout innings while striking out seven for the win. Box score

Caribes 12, La Guaira 11
Caribes scored 11 unanswered runs, including six in the bottom of the ninth, to come all the way back from an 11-1 deficit and stun La Guaira, 12-11, in Thursday night's season opener. Longtime Minor Leaguer Cory Aldridge capped the comeback with a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Box score

Zulia 4, Lara 3
Zulia capitalized on five Lara errors to down the Cardenales, 4-3, in the teams' season openers. The Aguilas got single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to overcome a 3-1 deficit. Giants Minor Leaguer Daryl Maday tossed a scoreless eighth for the win, and former Nationals farmhand Hassan Pena fanned two in the ninth for the save. Box score

Aragua 6, Magallanes 5
Down to their final out, with no one aboard in the ninth, Tigres de Aragua rallied for a pair of runs to cap a five-run comeback and defeat Magallenes, 6-5, on Thursday night. Eight-year Minor League veteran Jermaine Mitchell, who spent the 2013 season in the Twins organization, doubled home the tying run and then scored the decisive tally for Aragua. Box score


Jesus Aguilar