Caribbean Winter Leagues Open

The winter leagues in countries around the Caribbean the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela - have opened for play with, as usual, some Dodger players as participants. Chief among them is first baseman James Loney, who isn't exactly off to a rousing start for he's hitting only .167 for Licey in the Dominican League. However, he has hit one home run in his few at-bats.

Most of the Dodger participants in these leagues are natives of the countries in which they are playing. However, righthander Harold Eckert is pitching in the Venezuela for the third straight year while another righthander Spike Lundberg, has returned to the Mexican Pacific League.

Lundberg, who's now a free agent, was the top pitcher in Mexico a year ago, then went on to become Southern League Pitcher of the Year while playing for Jacksonville.

Meanwhile, shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and righthander Jon Meloan were chosen to play in the Future Stars game of the Arizona Fall League.

Hu certainly wasn't picked for his hitting for he's currently batting only .214. Meloan, on the other hand, has been throwing extremely well. He's 1-0 with an 0.96 ERA.

In the Hawaii League, second baseman Blake DeWitt has started to revive his bat a bit although his average is still down at .214 but that's a lot better than it was a week ago. First baseman Cory Dunlap has pushed his up to a respectable .278 while Xavier Paul is hitting .259.

Among the pitchers for the North Shore Honu, righthander Zach Hammes is 0-1, 2.57 with two saves while lefthander Wesley Wright sports a 0.69 ERA.