Mercer to DL; Pirates add Newman, Luplow

Mercer to DL; Pirates add Newman, Luplow

The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retro to August 15) with a left calf strain.

To take Mercer’s place on the 25-man active roster, outfielder Jordan Luplow has been recalled from Indianapolis.

The Pittsburgh Pirates today placed infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list (retro to August 15) with a left calf strain.

To take Mercer’s place on the 25-man active roster, outfielder Jordan Luplow has been recalled from Indianapolis.

The club has also selected the contract of infielder Kevin Newman from Indianapolis. To make room for Newman on the 25-man roster, catcher Jacob Stallings has been optioned to Triple-A. To clear a space on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler has been designated for assignment.

The 25-year-old Newman hit .302 (132-for-437) with 30 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 35 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 109 games this season with Indianapolis, including a .366 clip (15-for-41) over his last 10 games. He entered the day ranked fifth among all International League hitters in batting (.302), first in stolen bases (28) and runs scored (74) and second in doubles (30). Newman, who has no previous big league experience, was Pittsburgh’s first round pick (19th overall) in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He will wear uniform #27.

Forsythe has 3 RBIs in Twins' 6-4 win over Pirates

Forsythe has 3 RBIs in Twins' 6-4 win over Pirates

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Minnesota Twins’ Bobby Wilson rounds the bases on a solo home run off Pittsburgh Pirates’ Keone Kela in the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Twins won 6-4. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Logan Forsythe had three RBIs, the Minnesota bullpen tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings and the Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 on Wednesday.

Oliver Drake, Gabriel Moya (3-0), Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers scattered five hits and struck out three before Trevor Hildenberger picked up his third save in four chances.

Minnesota is 16-4 in its last 20 home games.

Josh Harrison had three hits for the Pirates, who have lost three straight. Pittsburgh began the day five games out in the NL wild-card race.

Forsythe’s two-run single off reliever Edgar Santana (2-2) highlighted a three-run sixth as the Twins took a 5-4 lead. Bobby Wilson homered in the seventh.

After allowing two runs in the second inning, Pirates starter Chris Archer retired 10 straight batters before giving up back-to-back singles, including an RBI by Jorge Polanco, to start the sixth, ending his day.

Acquired from Tampa Bay July 31, Archer allowed four earned runs on six hits in five-plus innings. In his first three starts as a Pirate, Archer has allowed nine earned runs in 14 1/3 innings.

Minnesota starter Jose Berrios allowed four runs – three earned – as he labored through 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start since April 29.

After a 1-2-3 first, Pittsburgh had at least two runners on in three straight innings, with a two-run single by Gregory Polanco putting the Pirates up 4-2 in the fourth. Elias Diaz homered to start the inning.

Berrios has allowed nine earned runs in 12 2/3 innings in three August starts.

ROUGH DAY

Pittsburgh C Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch for a team-high 11th time in the second inning. One inning later, he fouled a ball off his foot – and took a minute to walk it off – before striking out on a called third strike at the knees. He briefly jumped up and down and said a few words to umpire Doug Eddings.

In the fifth, Cervelli tagged Joe Mauer on what he thought was a third strike and took a couple of steps to the dugout. However, Eddings called it a ball, leading to another discussion.

WEST IS SECOND BEST

Umpire Joe West worked his 5,164th career game, passing Bruce Froemming for second all time. Bill Klem worked 5,375.

TRAINERS ROOM

Pirates: CF Starling Marte missed the game with an illness. . SS Jordy Mercer, who left Tuesday’s came with left calf discomfort, did not play. . Pittsburgh hopes to have RHP Chad Kuhl, out since June 26 with a right forearm strain, begin a throwing program during its seven-game homestand that starts Thursday. He’s eligible to return Aug. 26.

Twins: OF Robbie Grossman, on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a right hamstring strain, will go to Triple-A Rochester on a rehab assignment. The plan is for him to DH Thursday, then play a couple of games in the outfield before being re-evaluated.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Host division-leading Chicago to PNC Park on Thursday to begin a four-game seriesm with RHP Ivan Nova (7-6, 4.42) scheduled to start the opener.

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.53) takes to the hill Thursday when Minnesota opens a four-game home series against Detroit.

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Rays receive touted prospect Shane Baz from Pirates to complete deal for Chris Archer

Rays receive touted prospect Shane Baz from Pirates to complete deal for Chris Archer

With the final piece now in place, the Tampa Bay Rays feel really good about the package of prospects they received for Chris Archer.

Tampa Bay acquired touted minor league pitcher Shane Baz from Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the player to be named in the July 31 trade that sent Archer to the Pirates.

The 19-year-old Baz, selected 12th overall in the 2017 amateur draft, was 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA for Bristol in the rookie-level Appalachian League this season. The right-hander had 54 strikeouts in 10 starts covering 45 1/3 innings.

“I know we’re excited to get him. He’s a really high-end prospect,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said before his team played the New York Yankees. “Very powerful right-handed kid. Probably going to be some time before we see him, but to put a pitcher like that in our system — I know he was a guy that during the draft that we talked a lot about. We were happy with who we picked at (No. 4), but were disappointed that we didn’t get the opportunity and now with that trade, we have.”

The move completed a blockbuster deal that brought a wealth of young talent to Tampa Bay. The third-place Rays had already obtained rookie outfielder Austin Meadows and hard-throwing pitcher Tyler Glasnow from Pittsburgh for Archer, a 29-year-old right-hander who has made two All-Star teams.

The 6-foot-8 Glasnow, who turns 25 next week, has made three starts for Tampa Bay, compiling a 2.25 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 12 innings.

“Really, I couldn’t be more impressed,” Cash said. “You don’t see many guys that come out and open, start a ballgame featuring 98, 99 mph. And then you see the big breaking ball, the two options that he has. Very impressed with the strike throwing and the commitment that he’s shown with that. He’s very much shown a willingness to challenge hitters and that’s what we’re asking him to do.”

The 23-year-old Meadows, drafted ninth overall in 2013, batted .292 with five homers, 13 RBIs and a .795 OPS in 49 big league games for Pittsburgh this season. He is currently at Triple-A Durham, where he was hitting .333 with three homers, six doubles and eight RBIs in 11 games.

“I know he had a big day the other day — 4 for 6, two home runs. We’ve seen him enough in spring training; he’s a pretty talented kid,” Cash said. “He’s doing his thing in Triple-A right now. I look forward to whenever that day comes that we get him up here.”

Baz was rated the fourth-best prospect in the Pirates’ organization by Baseball America and MLB.com, and ranked the No. 95 overall prospect in the minors by MLB.com. He was the Appalachian League pitcher of the week last week and will report to rookie-level Princeton.

Archer went 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts for the Rays this season. He is 1-0 with a 4.82 ERA in two outings for the Pirates spanning 9 1/3 innings, and is under club control through 2021.

Pirates send prospect Shane Baz to the Rays to complete the Chris Archer trade

Pirates send prospect Shane Baz to the Rays to complete the Chris Archer trade

When the Tampa Bay Rays sent starter Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline they got back pitcher Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows and a player to be named later. Today that player was named: it’s pitching prospect Shane Baz. The completion of the deal was first reported by John Dreker of Pirates Prospects.

Baz, the Pirates top pick in the 2017 draft, is an excellent prospect, generally thought to be in the top-100 in all of baseball. He’s been at low-A Bristol this season, where he is 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA in ten starts with 54 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Baz was just named Appalachian League pitcher of the week to boot after putting up two shutout appearances with outings of four and two-thirds and five scoreless on Monday and Saturday, respectively.

All in all that makes for an excellent haul for the Rays in the Archer deal. Which, given that Archer is under team control through the 2021 season, makes some sense.

Giants face Pirates after Bonds ceremony

Giants face Pirates after Bonds ceremony

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds will get his No. 25 retired by the San Francisco Giants in an on-field ceremony before Saturday night’s important game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The teams have split the first two contests in the four-game series, allowing the Pirates (60-57) to retain a two-game lead over the Giants (58-59) as both fight an uphill battle in the chase for the two National League wild-card playoff berths.

Bonds, who led the Pirates into the postseason three times in his seven seasons with the club and helped the Giants into the playoffs seven times in his 15 seasons with them, will have both his former employers on hand for the honor that comes 11 years after he retired as the major leagues’ all-time home run leader with 762.

Andrew McCutchen, another standout who has played for both the Pirates and Giants, began Friday’s 13-10 San Francisco win with a leadoff home run, propelling the Giants to a season-high-tying run total.

He also walked four times in the game, giving him a homer and four walks in the same game for the first time in his career. Bonds accomplished the feat six times.

With most of the team’s chief decision-makers in town for the Bonds ceremony, the Giants’ brass held a closed-door meeting Friday in the wake of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday that was the eighth in their last nine home games.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy noted afterward it was no big deal.

“We just talked about some things which we do three to four times a year,” the veteran skipper said. “We talked about the club and ways we can get better.”

Improved pitching would help. With the Pirates having scored 10 runs in each of the first two games of the series, the Giants will turn to former starter Ty Blach (6-6, 4.28 ERA) to duel Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88).

Blach is scheduled to make his first start since May 27, having made his last 21 appearances out of the bullpen. He was the club’s Opening Day starter as an injury replacement for Madison Bumgarner.

The left-hander has never faced the Pirates.

Williams will be facing the Giants for the third time in his career, having gone 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his first two meetings.

He held the Giants to one run and five hits in six innings in a 2-1 loss in his only previous start in San Francisco in 2017.

The 26-year-old California native has been on a nice roll of late, going 3-1 in his last four starts while allowing just two runs in 22 innings.

He will have to deal not only with McCutchen, but also with Buster Posey, who recorded a rare feat with four hits in the first four innings of Friday’s win.

No Giant — including Bonds — ever previously had four hits in the first four innings of a game in the San Francisco era of the franchise. The last to record hits in four consecutive innings was Marvin Benard in innings 2-5 of a game at Philadelphia in 2000.

Archer grinds past Rockies for first Pirates win

Archer grinds past Rockies for first Pirates win

Adam Frazier had three hits, Gregory Polanco doubled and scored a run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in Denver on Wednesday.

Colin Moran and Corey Dickerson had two hits each, and Chris Archer got his first win since being acquired by Pittsburgh at the July 31 trade deadline.

Felipe Vazquez got the final four outs for his 26th save.

David Dahl homered and Charlie Blackmon had two singles a game after getting his 1,000th career hit. Losing pitcher German Marquez (9-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work.

The Pirates jumped on Marquez for two runs in the first inning. Starling Marte singled with one out and scored on Polanco’s double. After Francisco Cervelli struck out, Moran’s RBI single made it 2-0.

Pittsburgh made it 3-0 in the third when Moran singled, moved to third on Frazier’s double and scored on a groundout by Josh Bell.

Marquez turned a perfect fourth inning when he struck out the side on nine pitches. The feat, referred to as an immaculate inning, was the second one in Rockies history and the first time it happened at Coors Field. Colorado reliever Rex Brothers accomplished it at San Francisco on June 14, 2014.

The Rockies got two runs back in the fourth when DJ LeMahieu led off with a single and Dahl homered into the Colorado bullpen.

Archer retired the first eight batters before Marquez singled. His pitch count climbed in the fourth and fifth innings, and he left for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth.

Archer (4-5) allowed two runs on five hits and fanned three in five innings.

Dickerson’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave Pittsburgh a two-run lead, but Colorado nearly tied it in the bottom of the frame. After Ryan McMahon’s RBI single put runners on the corners with one out, pinch hitter Ian Desmond struck out. Chris Iannetta then came up to pinch-hit and hit a hard grounder to the hole at second. Frazier made a diving stop and threw out Iannetta to end the inning.

–Field Level Media