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(AP) — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards.Archer allowed two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on Sunday.The right-hander, who underwent surgery to repair a hernia in November, faced a lineup that included Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki, Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner and Greg Bird.“The biggest thing for me is health,” Archer said. “Whenever I don’t have to be tentative Logan Morrison Jersey , I don’t have to be passive because there’s an ailment, I’m happy.”Gardner and Stanton had first-inning singles before Archer retired his final seven batters.“Facing those guys, you get really good feedback,” Archer said. “But the process of executing the pitches, that’s all I was focused on.”Archer had four strikeouts over two hitless innings in his first spring training start in Tuesday’s 10-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.The 30-year-old will start the Pirates’ home opener April 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.Pittsburgh acquired Archer from Tampa Bay in a July trade that sent outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow to the Rays.Archer went 3-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 10 starts for the Pirates, including a 2-1 mark with a 2.70 ERA in September.MORE OPENINGSJameson Taillon, the Pirates’ opening-day starter March 28 at Cincinnati, is scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday against Minnesota. 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(AP) — With spring training underway, Philadelphia Phillies president Andy MacPhail is certain his team is built to win right now.As for adding someone like outfielder Bryce Harper or third baseman Manny Machado, he’s not fueling any speculation.“There’s been no shortage of brainpower devoted to trying to size up players that are available to us and what they bring,” MacPhail said. “We are uniquely poised right now because they are some great talents out there. They could go to any club and make a significant difference.”MacPhail said the goal is to win immediately and set up the Phillies to have a long window to compete for championships.“(Owner) John Middleton wants to win Jonathan Villar Jersey , all of our ownership group wants to win,” MacPhail said. “Really for that matter all 29 different owners want to win.”“I think the thing that separates John is that if we won this year he’d want to win just as much next year and the year after that. 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But his defense wasn’t nearly at the same caliber, something that Kapler believes weighed on his mind heavily.“(Hoskins) went through periods of time where he was focused on his defense and sometimes that didn’t enable him to focus on his offense,” Kapler said. “So now that he’s at his more comfortable position at first base I think we’re going to see an improved offensive performer.”CROWDED OUTFIELDWith newcomer Andrew McCutchen likely to be the Phillies’ starting left fielder, Kapler will be looking at several options for the other two outfield spots to see who might emerge.“There is a competition for playing time in center field and right field http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey ,” Kapler said. “Odubel Herrera, Roman Quinn, Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams are all in line for reps and are competing to take down the majority of those reps.”Williams, who hit .256 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs in 407 at-bats, said he is looking forward to the opportunity.“It’s going to be good competition,” Williams said. “Everyone is going to push the next man to be better and that’s a good thing for the team.”The 24-year-old Williams is also excited about the addition of McCutchen to the team and says he wants to soak up all the knowledge the former NL MVP is willing to share.“I’ve already told him I might pick his brain all season long,” Williams said. “With all the young outfielders it’s good to have someone that’s done it all — Gold glove, MVP Jhoulys Chacin Jersey , everything. He’s a great teammate as well and a great guy to lean on.”SO MANY POSSIBILITIESKapler said he’s has a good sense of what the middle of the Phillies lineup will look like with Hoskins, catcher J.T. Realmuto and shortstop Jean Segura all expected to be in those slots.But Kapler also wants to be flexible with McCutchen, who could bat at the top of the order or anywhere in the top five or six positions. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez has spent the bulk of the last three seasons in the leadoff position.“I think it’s going to be different on different nights, a lot of that is going to be based on the opposing starting pitcher,” Kapler said. “We have some options. We’ll look at the starting pitcher and slot our guys where they feel most comfortable.”

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