Update (1:50 AM ET): The deal is official.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers will trade reliever Keone Kela to the Pirates. The Rangers will receive two players to be named later from the Pirates, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.
Kela, 25, has been solid out of the bullpen for the Rangers, putting up a 3.44 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 14 walks in 36 2/3 innings. The right-hander is owed the remainder of his $1.2 million salary and is arbitration eligible for three more years.
The Rangers and Pirates are headed in different directions. At 46-62, the Rangers have already begun to sell off, having traded Cole Hamels to the Cubs. The 55-52 Pirates find themselves in the thick of things in the NL Wild Card race and could be contenders in the NL Central as well.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.