Pirates cap eventful deadline day with 5-4 win over Cubs

Published 9:58 p.m. ET July 31, 2018 | Updated 11:14 p.m. ET July 31, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief rundown on who might be joining the hottest team in the majors.

“I had fun with it,” Taillon said. “My heart was racing, I think.”

So are the Pirates.

Hours after his team picked up Texas closer Keone Kela and Tampa Bay starting pitcher Chris Archer in an effort to give Pittsburgh’s surprising postseason push a jolt, Taillon pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Pirates held on late for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

“We’re really excited for the additions,”…

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