WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC QUALIFIERS
Brazil over Panama 1-0
In a stunner, Brazil beat Panama on home territory to advance to the World Baseball Classic in March. RHP Murilo Gouvea who spent the 2012 season pitching for the Astros Lexington Legends affiliate threw two and a third hitless innings for the Panamanian team, walking one and striking out two. Gouvea played a key role in the tournament as he provided a total of six and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief for Panama.
VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE
Caracas over Magallanes 7-5
2B Jose Altuve was 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a bases loaded walk for Magallanes. He struck out once and stole a bag as well.
DOMINICAN WINTER LEAGUE
Gigantes over Estrellas 6-1
LF Jimmy Paredes went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts for the Gigantes while a trio of Astros-related pitchers provided scoreless relief. *RHP Enerio del Rosario retired his one batter faced with a ground out as he came in with bases loaded. RHP Rhiner Cruz pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed two hits, but no runs. *RHP Erick Abreu pitched one inning with no hits and a strikeout and was rewarded with the win.