Pirates’ Keller sharp for 7 innings in 5-1 win over Marlins

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MIAMI – Mitch Keller pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Jake Marisnick homered and doubled, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 Monday night.

Keller (3-6) scattered five hits, struck out five and hit a batter in the longest outing of his career.

“They let me go back out for the seventh and that was the only thing on my mind, getting through that, no matter what,” Keller said. “That’s what starting pitchers want to do. You want to go as deep as you can.”

Diego Castillo singled twice and drove in two runs, while Kevin Newman had three hits for the Pirates, who won their third straight. Newman is 7 for 18 since returning from the injured list Friday.

The Pirates struck quickly on Castillo’s two-run single against Trevor Rogers (4-8) in the first. Newman’s RBI double in the second increased Pittsburgh’s advantage.

“To get on the board early and not squander an opportunity it was really important,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said.

The Marlins cut the deficit on Avisail Garcia‘s run-scoring single in the sixth before Marisnick went deep with a two-run shot off reliever Jimmy Yacabonis in the ninth. Marisnick was activated from the injured list Monday after surgery on his left thumb May 12.

“It’s a reset button, you don’t really know how you’re feeling before so you come back with a reset and you go from there,” Marisnick said. “It takes a long time to have a good year. You have to string them together, do it for a long time and keep that feel. But getting results early is great.”

Pittsburgh reliever Chase De Jong got the first two outs of the eighth around a leadoff walk. Yerry De Los Santos relieved De Jong and struck out four in 1 1/3 innings for his third save.

“We really didn’t get anything going,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “Guys were prepared on what we were trying to do. Executing is always a different story.”

Rogers allowed three runs, six hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander has completed six innings once in his 17 starts this season.


Garcia had two additional RBI opportunities without similar results. With two runners on, Garcia grounded into a double play to end the first. Two Marlins runners reached with two out in the eighth but De Los Santos struck out Garcia.


The Pirates designated LHP Cam Vieaux for assignment. After five relief appearances with Pittsburgh, Vieaux was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis July 7.


Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds (right oblique strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Reynolds, who has a club-leading 15 home runs, exited after the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Milwaukee. Reynolds is expected to be pursued by contending teams as the trade deadline nears.

Marlins: OF Jorge Soler (bilateral pelvis inflammation) took batting practice Monday and will play in a rehab game Tuesday at Double-A Pensacola.


RHP Chris Stratton (5-4, 5.14) will start the second game of the series for the Pirates Tuesday while the Marlins will go with LHP Daniel Castano (1-2, 3.60).

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Jacob deGrom is headed to the free-spending Texas Rangers, who believe the health risk is worth the potential reward in trying to end a six-year run of losing.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday, leaving the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened substantially by injuries.

“We acknowledge the risk, but we also acknowledge that in order to get great players, there is a risk and a cost associated with that,” Rangers general manager Chris Young said. “And one we feel like is worth taking with a player of Jacob’s caliber.”

Texas announced the signing after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

The Rangers were also big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).

The team said deGrom will be introduced in a news conference at Globe Life Field next week following the winter meetings in San Diego.

“It fits in so many ways in terms of what we need,” Young said. “He’s a tremendous person. I have a number of close friends and teammates who played with Jacob and love him. I think he’s going to be just a perfect fit for our clubhouse and our fans.”

Texas had modest expectations after adding Seager, Semien and starter Jon Gray ($56 million, four years) last offseason but still fell short of them.

The Rangers went 68-94, firing manager Chris Woodward during the season, and then hired Bruce Bochy, a three-time World Series champion with San Francisco. Texas’ six straight losing seasons are its worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

Rangers owner Ray Davis said the club wouldn’t hesitate to keep adding payroll. Including the $19.65 million qualifying offer accepted by Martin Perez, the team’s best pitcher last season, the Rangers have spent nearly $761 million in free agency over the past year.

“I hate losing, but I think there’s one person in our organization who hates losing worse than me, and I think it’s Ray Davis,” Young said. “He’s tired of losing. I’m tired of losing. Our organization is tired of losing.”

After making his first start in early August last season, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then passed up a $30.5 million salary for 2023 and opted out of his contract to become a free agent for the first time.

That ended his deal with the Mets at $107 million over four years, and deGrom rejected their $19.65 million qualifying offer in November. New York will receive draft-pick compensation for losing him.

The fan favorite becomes the latest in a long line of ace pitchers to leave the Mets for one reason or another, including Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden and David Cone.

The Rangers visit Citi Field from Aug. 28-30.

When healthy, deGrom is perhaps baseball’s most dominant pitcher. His 2.52 career ERA ranks third in the expansion era (since 1961) behind Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (2.48) and Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (2.19) among those with at least 200 starts.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five career postseason starts, including a win over San Diego in the wild-card round this year that extended the Mets’ season. New York was eliminated the next night.

A four-time All-Star and the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom was a ninth-round draft pick by the Mets in 2010 out of Stetson, where he played shortstop before moving to the mound. He was slowed by Tommy John surgery early in his career and didn’t reach the majors until age 26.

Once he arrived, though, he blossomed. He helped the Mets reach the 2015 World Series and earn a 2016 playoff berth before winning consecutive NL Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019.

But injuries to his elbow, forearm and shoulder blade have limited him to 26 starts over the past two seasons. He compiled a career-low 1.08 ERA over 92 innings in 2021, but did not pitch after July 7 that year because of arm trouble.

DeGrom is 82-57 with 1,607 strikeouts in 1,326 innings over nine big league seasons. He gets $30 million next year, $40 million in 2024 and 2025, $38 million in 2026 and $37 million in 2027. The deal includes a conditional option for 2028 with no guaranteed money.

The addition of deGrom gives the Rangers three proven starters along with Gray and Perez, who went 12-8 with a career-best 2.89 ERA in his return to the team that signed him as a teenager out of Venezuela. Young didn’t rule out the addition of another starter.

With several holes on their starting staff, the Mets have shown interest in free agents Justin Verlander and Carlos Rodon to pair with 38-year-old Max Scherzer atop the rotation.

Now, with deGrom gone, signing one of those two could become a much bigger priority.