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28.05.2019 02:58
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PITTSBURGH (AP) he Pittsburgh Pirates were different. The proof came in the waves of people who approached the veteran pitcher as he walked the concourse at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning just hours removed from an uncharacteristically aggressive trade that sent a jolt through a franchise Lance Parrish Jersey , a fan base and – Archer hopes – his own career.As strangers came up to welcome him to a town he barely knows and a team he’d only watched from afar, one thought kept running through his head.”Everybody knows who I am,” Archer marveled.Better get used to it.It’s not every year Pittsburgh’s typically cautious front office makes a serious splash at the trade deadline, as general manager Neal Huntington did by bringing in Archer and Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela to bolster a team that’s improbably wedged itself into contention as August begins.Their arrivals signaled a sea change of sorts for the Pirates. A winter after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen and failing to sign even one major league free agent, the splurge for two of the best arms available – both of whom are under team control through at least 2020 – gave Pittsburgh two things it desperately needed: a talent upgrade and serious a dash of buzz.”They went through a lot of changes this offseason and got a lot of scrutiny but I feel they reversed that with the way that they played,” Archer said. ”And the ownership and the front office stepped up with the couple moves they made at the deadline so I’m stoked. It’s been a while since I played winning, meaningful baseball.”A long while.Tampa Bay reached the playoffs just once during Archer’s seven seasons, and that was back in 2013. He’s spent much of the last five years as one of the few fixtures on a team in perpetual flux while watching the Rays flip talented pitchers – from David Price to Matt Garza to James Shields – for prospects.Archer’s turn finally came Tuesday when the Pirates put together a package that included rookie outfielder Austin Meadows and right-handed reliever Tyler Glasnow for a two-time All-Star with plenty left to prove.”There’s different phases (to your career),” Archer said. ”You become a big leaguer and you’re content and you have a little success. I’m in the phase where I want to win and I think I’m in the right environment to do that and the commitment from the ownership and the front office is to win.”Archer, who turns 30 next month , was 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA for Tampa Bay this season.The Pirates entered play on Wednesday within three games of the second wild-card spot in the National League after finishing July on a 16-4 run that provided Huntington with all the evidence he needed to splurge. Archer will make his first major league start for someone other than Tampa Bay when he takes the mound on Friday night against St. Louis.Yeah, it’ll be a little weird at first. Archer doesn’t expect the feeling to last. He prides himself on his work ethic – he’s pitched at least 194 2/3 innings in each of the last four seasons – and now finds himself in a town that does the same.”It’s a blue-collar city,” Archer said. ”It’s roll up your sleeves and go to work. That’s how I was raised. My dad, he worked in hardwood floors his whole life.”Archer struck all the right notes on the first day of the rest of his baseball life.He took a quick tour of the city wearing the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown. He expects his warmup song to be ”Black and Yellow” by Pittsburgh-raised rap star Wiz Khalifa. He pointed out that he’s changing his number from 22 to 24 for the rest of this season out of respect to good friend McCutchen, who wore it for nearly a decade while helping return the Pirates to respectability before being traded to San Francisco in January.There will be time for Archer to carve his own niche. His contract includes club options that run through the 2021 season. He isn’t a rental. He’s here to stay. At least for a while. After all the anxiety, it’s a relief to start fresh in a place where he can set down a new set of roots.”It’s very nice to be wanted,” Archer said. ”That was the biggest relief after all the trade rumors was, these guys really want me. … I know one of the sayings for a long time here has been, `We are family.’ And I already feel like a part of the family.”— They only got three games in on Tuesday, but the results were phenomenal"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Red Sox StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Red Sox NewsYahoo Red Sox Team PageYahoo Red Sox ReportYahoo Red Sox Depth ChartYahoo Red Sox TransactionsYahoo Red Sox PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHubed Sox MinorsRed Sox Minor Lines: A big day on the farmNew Travis Wood Jersey ,3commentsThey only got three games in on Tuesday, but the results were phenomenalEDTShareTweetShareShareRed Sox Minor Lines: A big day on the farmPawtucket W 6-4Well hello there Mike Shawaryn. The righty is off to a good start to the year in the highest level of the minor leagues with an impressive showing in his second outing. He’s now tossed 11 1? innings over his first two starts of 2019 and has pitched to a 3.18 ERA with 14 strikeouts and just two walks. Although he’s a bit overshadowed by some of the other higher upside arms in the system, don’t sleep on Shawaryn as a major-league arm, and one who could help as soon as this season. On offense, the big swing came from Castillo, whose three-run shot put the game out of reach.Portland PPDSalem W 14-1Holy crap. This was an absolute explosion for Salem in Lynchburg with six guys finishing the day with multiple hits. Duran led the way with four, but it was Fitzgerald who really stood out here with a trio of two-base hits and five runs batted in. The pitching was equally as impressive, too, even if it wasn’t the longest of outings. Crawford was one of the system’s biggest breakouts in 2018 and continues to look solid (albeit inefficient) to start 2019. Martinez is another name to watch. He had some buzz heading into 2018 before disappointing, but he now has nine strikeouts and just one walk over his first four innings of work this year.Greenville G1 W 2-1Remember the name Brayan Bello. Each of the last couple of years has seen at least one breakout from Greenville’s rotation with guys like Bryan Mata , Darwinzon Hernandez, Denyi Reyes and Kutter Crawford. Bello has a chance to be the guy this year. The 19-year-old spent almost all of last year in the Dominican Summer League, but he’s taking the big leap up to full-season ball this year and didn’t look at all fazed by the adjustment. Last year, his first as a professional, he finished with a 1.60 ERA in 67 1鈦? innings with 74 strikeouts and ten walks.Greenville G2 PPDPlayer of the Day: There were a lot of impressive performances today, but I think I’m going to give this one to Ryan Fitzgerald. Six total bases with three doubles on top of knocking in five runs and scoring three more? That’s a solid day at the plate. Fitzgerald isn’t the biggest name in the Red Sox farm system and was signed out of Indy Ball last May. The infielder was solid in his first year with the organization and to start this year he’s hitting .429/.455/.714. There’s probably not much here long-term, but keep an eye out just in case because on the off-chance there is this is the most fun type of story you can follow in the minors.

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