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Chris Archer when the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired the right-handed starter at the non-waiver trade deadline.Then came an unsteady August — 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA in five starts [url=]Kevin Gausman Jersey[/url] , none more than five innings.September started off better, and Archer (4-7, 4.56 ERA) will be looking to improve his Pirates resume Friday when he faces the Miami Marlins in a series opener at PNC Park.Article continues below ...He is coming off a no-decision Saturday in 5-3 Pittsburgh loss to Atlanta that could not be hung on him. Archer gave up two hits in six innings.“Finally got some good results. It felt good,” Archer said. “It stinks that we lost as a team, but they’re in first place in their division for a reason.”Archer, who was perfect through the first three innings, did two things that made a difference. He pitched out of the stretch, and he purposely did not question a call by veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli.“I just went back to the basics,” Archer said. “It was a lot of fun to just look at the target and throw and not have to think about sequencing. That was all (Cervelli).“The No. 1 thing was trust in Cervelli. I didn’t shake him at all. Literally, I did not shake him one time. I was basically like his little toy. … He said, ‘Papi, just trust me. Trust me, trust me [url=][/url] , trust me.’ And it takes time. I looked at his resume, and I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right.'”Archer will be looking for his second quality start for the Pirates on Friday after he struck out five, walked one needed just 86 pitches against the Braves.He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, all while he was with Tampa Bay.Pittsburgh (69-71) is coming off a three-game series sweep of Cincinnati going into the second half of a homestand against another team that is last in its division.A second straight sweep would put the Pirates back above .500. Miami (56-84) is 3-2 since a four-game losing streak and, before a day off Thursday, took two of three fr om Philadelphia.The Marlins will send right-hander Dan Straily (5-6, 4.13 ERA) against Archer.On a team that has struggled for every win and now is taking a long look at prospects — such as right-hander Sandy Alcantara, who pitched seven-plus scoreless innings Wednesday in a 2-1 win over Philadelphia — Straily has come on as a reliable veteran as the season has unfolded.In his past 12 starts, he has given up three runs or fewer 10 times, with seven quality starts. He is 3-3 with a 3.64 ERA in that stretch.In Straily’s first 10 starts, he was 2-3 with a 4.89 ERA with two quality starts.He is coming off a no-decision last Friday when he pitched a season-high eight innings, allowing one run [url=]Zach Britton Jersey[/url] , before relievers Drew Steckenrider and Kyle Barraclough blew a four-run lead in the ninth of a 6-5 loss to Toronto.“It’s a tough one to take, obviously,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Dan pitched a quality game all day, and to not be able to get that last out is frustrating for everyone.”In a tough situation during a tough season, Straily defended Steckenrider and Barraclough.“At the end of the day, those guys are very good back-end relievers,” he said.Straily is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 11 career appearances against Pittsburgh. NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees star Aaron Judge took another step in his return fr om a broken right wrist when he played right field for a couple of innings Friday night.The Yankees activated him from the disabled list before the game against Toronto. The team said he is limited for now to defense and pinch running — still no hitting for the slugger.Judge got a big ovation when he trotted to the outfield for the top of the eighth inning. He had not played since July 26, when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis.The Yankees initially expected Judge to return in about three weeks.“With the roster, it makes some sense to have him available to, if there’s a spot wh ere we can get him in, to run the bases or play some defense,” New York manager Aaron Boone said before the start of New York’s final regular-season homestand. “He’s getting real close to being an option for us.”Judge on Monday took his first on-field batting practice since the injury. Boone said Friday the team is a couple days from making a decision on at-bats for Judge in a simulated game, a step before he will hit in a game. Judge has to take more swings and face higher velocity before he hits in a game.“It’s about hopefully getting him enough at-bats to wh ere he can kind of knock off some of that rust [url=][/url] , and hopefully that timing comes back sooner rather than later and he gets in a comfortable place as we head into the final week and into October,” Boone said.Judge is hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs. The Yankees entered Friday 26-20 since he got hurt, fading from contention in the AL East but on track to earn a wild card. In discussing Judge’s importance in the clubhouse, Boone echoed the old EF Hutton advertising campaign of the 1970s and ’80s.“When Aaron speaks, people listen,” Boone said.Injured closer Aroldis Chapman is to throw another bullpen session Saturday, a simulated game on Monday and then could be activated in the middle of next week, Chapman has not pitched in a game since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis.“I’m feeling really good right now,” Chapman said through a translator. “No pain and nothing.”
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