1/31 Winter league update
Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4, but it wasn’t enough as Magallanes defeated Lara, 11-9, in the deciding Game 7 of the Venezuelan championship on Wednesday. The Giants’ Pablo Sandoval had three hits, including a two-run homer, to power Magallanes into the Caribbean Series, which begins Friday in Hermosillo, Mexico. Former Cubs prospect Austin Bibens-Dirkx started for Magallanes and gave up five runs — including two in the first — on seven hits over three innings.
— Carrie Muskat