• Archer feels ‘like myself' in strong outing

    By: John Perrotto


    Now this was the Chris Archer the Pirates thought they were getting when they traded for him last July.

    Archer was dominant for six innings Friday, doing everything you could possibly want to see in a No. 1 starter. He was striking hitters out with ease, not giving up the home runs and walks that have haunted him throughout the season, getting ahead in the count and mixing his pitches.

    Simply put, he looked like the two-time All-Star that he was in his seven seasons with the Rays — the player the Pirates gave up a huge amount of talent to acquire. At least for six innings, it could finally be forgotten that Austin Meadows played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

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