Stephen Drew ends hitless drought after 29 at-bats

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Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew entered Friday’s game against the Yankees mired in an 0-for-27 slump, having notched his last hit on June 17 with a second-inning double off of Twins starter Phil Hughes. Drew went hitless in his first two at-bats, but hit a ground-rule double to left field in the seventh inning against reliever Dellin Betances, ending the hitless drought after 29 at-bats.

During the drought, Drew reached base only once on an error. He was not able to work a walk or even get hit by a pitch.

Drew, signed by the Red Sox to a prorated one-year, $14.1 million deal on May 20, is slashing a putrid .135/.167/.192 in 54 plate appearances since making his season debut on June 2.

Pirates shut down Chris Archer

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The Pirates are officially shutting down Chris Archer for the season, GM Neal Huntington revealed Sunday. It’s more of a formality than anything else, but, as the Pirates are currently out of postseason contention, there seems to be no point in forcing the right-hander to accelerate his recovery from right shoulder inflammation.

Archer, 30, sustained the injury in late August and was initially projected to return sometime during September. He’s been throwing from flat ground over the last several weeks, but there had been no indication that he was ready to resume starting duties for the club. He’ll end his 2019 run with a 3-9 record in 23 starts and a 5.19 ERA, 4.1 BB/9, 10.8 SO/9, and 0.7 fWAR across 119 2/3 innings pitched; not his worst performance to date, but a considerable step down from the sub-5.00 ERA and 2.6 fWAR he posted with the Rays and Pirates in 2018.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Pirates will soon wrap up their fourth consecutive non-contending campaign. Following Saturday’s brutal 14-1 loss to the Cubs, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason qualification. They last reached the playoffs in 2015, though it’s been six years since they advanced past the wild card tiebreaker and 27 years since they advanced past the Division Series.