Baseball — Pittsburgh Pirates

Luis Cruz

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Luis Cruz

BIOGRAPHY Luis Alfonso Cruz (born February 10, 1984) is a Mexican professional baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.Professional careerBoston Red SoxCruz was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent on August 29, 2000. He played in the rookie leagues with the Gulf Coast Red Sox in 2001 and for 21 games in 2002 before he was promoted to the Class-A Augusta Greenjackets to...

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Francisco Cordova

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Francisco Cordova

BIOGRAPHY Francisco Córdova (born April 26, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. On January 18, 1996, Córdova was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent. He made his major league debut on April 2, 1996. The following year, on July 12, 1997, at a sold out Three Rivers Stadium, he pitched nine innings of a combined 10-inning no-hitter for the Pirates. Ricardo Rincón pitched the 10th inning. The Pirates won the game on a dramatic three-run, pinch hit home run in the bottom of the 10th by Mark Smith. This game pitched by...

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Ricardo Rincon

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Ricardo Rincon

BIOGRAPHY Ricardo Rincón Espinoza (born April 13, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.Rincón was a left-handed specialist who spent nearly his entire career as a middle reliever and setup pitcher. In his 11-year career, Rincón never started a game and accumulated 21 saves; he is generally credited with 109 holds. Rincón played for several teams in Mexico before being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997, breaking into the major leagues at the relatively advanced age of 27. On November 18, 1998 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Brian Giles. He later pitched for...

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Vicente Palacios

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Vicente Palacios

BIOGRAPHY Vicente Palacios Díaz (born July 19, 1963) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1987–88 and 1990–92), St. Louis Cardinals (1994–95) and San Diego Padres (2000).Palacios began his professional career in the Mexican League in 1983 for the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz. In 1984, he was purchased from Veracruz by the Chicago White Sox, but after two seasons with their double-A farm team, the Glens Falls White Sox, he was released. He was then signed by the Pirates, making his debut with them...

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Al Pulido

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Al Pulido

BIOGRAPHY Alfonso Pulido Manzo (born January 23, 1957 in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Pulido played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983–1984 and with the New York Yankees in 1986, appearing in 12 career games with a 1–1 record.Before signing with Major League Baseball, Pulido originally pitched for the Mexico City Reds of the Mexican League. In 1983, he won 17 games for the Reds while only losing three. After winning three games in the Mexican League playoffs, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him to a contract, and...

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