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Pirates getting hits but not many runs

From Mirror, wire reports

Former Pittsburgh Pirate Austin Meadows homered, and the Pirates fell to 2-11-1 as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh, 2-1, Thursday afternoon in a spring training exhibition game.

The Rays (8-4-2) were out-hit by the Pirates, 7-2.

Pittsburgh got a solid start from lefty Derek Holland, who gave up one hit — the Meadows homer — and one earned run in four innings. He struck out two and walked two. Keone Kela was charged with the other run, earned, in an inning of work. Nick Burdi struck out two in one inning of hitess relief for the Pirates.

Josh Bell went 2-for-2 for Pittsburgh while teammate jason Martin went 2-for-3 with a triple and a stolen base.

The Pirates play Toronto this afternoon. Chris Archer is expected to start for Pittsburgh with Joe Musgrove, Geoff Hartlieb, Blake Cederlind and Edgar Santana all seeing work out of the bullpen.

Under the weather

MESA, Ariz. — The Chicago Cubs scratched right-hander Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis on Thursday because of illness.

In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough Wednesday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak, but he then posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu.

Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but it was his understanding it was a daily illness. The team said later in the day that Darvish was feeling better and could work three innings as soon as today, possibly in a simulated game.

Kipnis was seen in the clubhouse before Chicago’s 5-0 spring training loss to Texas.

Honor for Koosman

NEW YORK — Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the New York Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team.

Koosman, whose five-hitter beat Baltimore in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title, will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington, the team said Thursday.

Now 77, Koosman was 140-137 with a 3.09 ERA in 346 starts and 30 relief appearances for the Mets from 1967-78, and he went 4-0 in six postseason starts. He was an All-Star in 1968 when he went 19-12 and again the following year when he was 17-9 and teamed with Seaver to transform the Mets from laughable losers to champions. He has the most wins among left-handers in Mets history,

Cole knocked around

LAKELAND, Fla. — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit’s Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday.

Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second.

Cole, who signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent, allowed six runs. six hits and one walk in two innings with three strikeouts. The 29-year-old right-hander threw 33 of 44 pitches for strikes.

Please come to Boston

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Collin McHugh agreed Thursday to a $600,000, one-year contract with the pitching-needy Boston Red Sox, a deal that allows him earn up to $4.25 million.

Boston ace Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. He was slowed by pneumonia, then felt elbow pain Sunday after he threw batting practice for the first time at spring training. The Red Sox traded David Price to the Dodgers last month along with Mookie Betts in exchange for prospects.

The 32-year-old McHugh, a former Astro, can earn $3 million in performance bonuses and $650,000 in roster bonuses. His base salary is guaranteed.

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