Pirates acquire pitcher

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired right-hander Duane Underwood Jr. in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Underwood, 26, went 1-0 with a 5.66 ERA in 17 games with Chicago during the pandemic-shortened season. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

Underwood, a second-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft, is 1-1 with a 5.20 ERA in 30 career games.

The Cubs received minor league first baseman Shendrik Apostel in the deal. The 20-year-old Apostel was signed by the Pirates out of Curacao in July 2017.


Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled, giving him an extra-base hit in four straight games for Pittsburgh. Kevin Newman had a two-run double and single and has reached base in nine of 11 plate appearances — he left the game with hamstring tightness. Adam Frazier also doubled and singled.

Looking to fill a spot in the Pirates rotation, J.T. Brubaker allowed two hits over two scoreless innings and Chase De Jong followed with two shutout innings.


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