Archer warmly welcomed ahead of Friday debut – MLB.com

PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, Chris Archer had to worry about logistics. He had to pack. He had to move. He had to make sure his family was taken care of. After seven years with the Tampa Bay Rays, after three years of speculation, after an unexpected trade on Tuesday afternoon, Archer had to get used to the idea of being a Pittsburgh Pirate.

It all became real when he arrived Wednesday at his new home ballpark, wearing Antonio Brown’s No. 84 Steelers jersey he bought at the Pittsburgh airport. Then he put on his new jersey, the Pirates’ No. 24 with his name on the back.

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PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, Chris Archer had to worry about logistics. He had to pack. He had to move. He had to make sure his family was taken care of. After seven years with the Tampa Bay Rays, after three years of speculation, after an unexpected trade on Tuesday afternoon, Archer had to get used to the idea of being a Pittsburgh Pirate.

It all became real when he arrived Wednesday at his new home ballpark, wearing Antonio Brown’s No. 84 Steelers jersey he bought at the Pittsburgh airport. Then he put on his new jersey, the Pirates’ No. 24 with his name on the back.

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“As soon as I put the uniform on, it fit,” Archer said. “Literally and figuratively.”

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Acquired by Pittsburgh in a blockbuster deal on Tuesday, Archer will make his Pirates debut in the team’s series opener against the Cardinals at PNC Park on Friday night, when fellow Trade Deadline acquisition Keone Kela will also join the Bucs’ roster. Archer will warm up to Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa’s “Black And Yellow,” endearing him to

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