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Pirates sign Francisco Liriano

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Francisco Liriano to a minor league deal.

Liriano, who pitched for the Pirates from 2013-16, spent last season with the Tigers, where he posted a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 110/73 in 133.2 innings. He’s an innings eater at best now now, basically, and he hasn’t had a full season with a league average or better ERA+ since 2015.

There will be innings to eat in Pittsburgh, of course, so he stands a fairly decent shot of making the Pirates’ roster.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.