Starling Castro’s lawyer in the Dominican Republic told reporters that the Cubs shortstop wasn’t even at the club when the shooting occurred early Saturday morning and went to the police station to check on his brother, who was arrested in the shooting that claimed a man’s life. Initial reports had the Cubs player being arrested in the shooting. It was the second time Castro had been tied to a shooting when in fact he had nothing to do with the incident.
Dominican Winter League
Gigantes (2-0) took over the early lead with a 4-1 win over Estrellas (1-1). Aguilas (1-1) beat Toros (0-2) 8-2 in the second day of the playoffs.......DH Manny Ramirez slugged a three-run homer in the third inning to help propel Aguilas to victory. It was his only hit in three trips.......LF Junior Lake had a pair of singles and walked in Estrellas’ loss. RHP Starling Peralta tossed a scoreless inning of relief for Estrellas.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
3B Christian Villanueva knocked in three runs including the game-winner in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly in Obregon’s 7-6 win over Hermosillo. Villanueva (.229) had two singles in four at-bats.
Puerto Rican Winter League
2B Javier Baez went 0-for-5 and fanned four times in Santurce’s 4-2 win over Carolina. In his last five games, Baez is 0-for-21 with 12 K and his average has dropped to .233/.306/.442.