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Bucs’ Archer hurting

TAMPA, Fla. — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees due to neck tightness.

Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day.

Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last season.

In the game against the Yankees, New York starter Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked one over a hitless inning.

Cole’s first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.

The Pirates wound up tying the Yankees, 3-3, in nine innings.

Catcher Jacob Stallings reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a double. Ke’Bryan Hayes had two hits and Jason Martin delivered a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to make it a 3-3 tie for the Pirates (0-3-1).

Pirates relief pitcher Nick mears was charged with all three runs, all earned, on four hits with no walks and one strikeout. Fellow pitcher Sammy Reyes and Pedro Vasquez each struck out two in one inning of work.

— From Mirror, wire reports

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