Pirates’ Meadows starts hot

From Mirror, wire reports

LAKELAND, Fla. — Prized prospect Austin Meadows hit a bases-clearing triple during a three-run eighth inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates who wound up playing the Detroit Tigers to an 8-8 tie in Grapefruit League action Sunday afternoon.

Meadows is now 4-for-5 with three extra-base hits in his first three games in spring training for the Pirates (0-2-1).

Losing pitcher John Stilson gave up five earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning as Detroit (1-1-1) scored six times in the seventh inning. Tyler Glasnow started and gave up two earned runs in two innings for the Pirates.

Max Moroff started at shortstop and went 2-for-2 while teammate Alfred Reyes hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning. Jerrick Suiter also added two hits, both doubles. Kevin Kramer also homered for the Bucs.

The Pirates host Boston this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Ivan Nova is expected to start. Jameson Taillon, Dario Agrazal, Luis Escobar and Felipe Rivero are also expected to pitch.

Sanchez signed

Tony Sanchez signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

The one-time first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates has appeared in 52 major-league games to date, but only four in the last three seasons.

During the 2017 campaign, the 29-year-old hit .272 with four home runs and 40 RBI at the Triple-A level for the Atlanta Braves’ organization.

Hamilton dead at 79

BRANSON, Mo. — Jack Hamilton, whose errant inside pitch damaged the eyesight of Boston’s Tony Conigliaro in 1967 and caused a premature end to the career of the Red Sox star, has died. He was 79.

Hamilton died Thursday at the Shepherd of The Hills Living Center in Branson.

Signed by St. Louis ahead of the 1957 season, he was selected by Philadelphia in a minor league draft after the 1960 season. Hamilton pitched in the major leagues from 1962-69 and was 32-40 with a 4.53 ERA in 65 starts and 153 relief appearances for the Phillies (1962-63), Detroit (1964-65), the New York Mets (1966-67), the California Angels (1967-68), Cleveland (1969) and the Chicago White Sox (1969).

Bumgarner debuts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The first man to bat against San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner Sunday hit a wind-aided opposite field home run. Bumgarner was overpowering after that in his spring training debut against the Chicago Cubs.

He got all five outs with strikeouts and allowed two earned runs in limited work in the Cubs’ 12-10 win over the Giants. .

Bumgarner’s 2017 season was interrupted by a dirt bike accident during an off day in Colorado on April 20.