Bucs’ Keller roughed up
BRADENTON, Fla. — Mitch Keller had his first less-than-stellar outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, allowing four runs on eight hits in three-plus innings of work in a 9-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday in Grapefruit League action.
The Pirates pitching staff gave up 21 hits as the team fell to 6-6-4 in exhibition play.
On Saturday, the Pirates got a strong outing from opening-day starter J.T. Brubaker in a 7-2 win over Boston. Brubaker pitched 3-plus scoreless innings, and has not allowed a run in his last eight spring training innings.
Offensively, Diego Castillo hit his fifth homer of the spring for Pittsburgh.
In a roster move made to trim the numbers down to 39, the Pirates optioned pitcher Adonis Medina to Triple-A Indianapolis and reassigned pitcher Austin Brice to minor league camp. Pitchers Chase De Jong and Eric Hanhold were also reassigned, leaving the Pirates with 37 active players in camp, 18 pitchers, four catchers, nine infielders and six outfielders.
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n The San Diego Padres bolstered their rotation on Sunday, acquiring left-handed starter Sean Manaea in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. San Diego got the 30-year-old Manaea and minor league right-hander Aaron Holiday from Oakland for pitching prospect Adrian Martinez and minor league infielder Euribiel Angeles. Manaea went 11-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts last year. He had two shutouts and struck out a career-high 194 batters, ranking eighth in the American League. Martinez played for Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso last year, going 8-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 26 games, 22 starts.