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Mar 15 2019, 3:31 am - By linchao

With just three weeks remaining before Opening Day , the market for Dallas Keuchel appears to be taking shape.Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Houston Astros remain in touch with Keuchel about re-signing the 2015 American League Cy Young winner.Heyman added the Philadelphia Phillies are also interested, but they prefer a short-term deal.Keuchel, along with closer Craig Kimbrel, are the two most prominent free agents still available. The southpaw started this offseason hoping to secure a five-year deal, per MLB Network'sJon Morosi.It's unclear how strong the interest is on Houston's part to re-sign Keuchel.'sBuster Olneyreported Monday the two sides hadn't engaged in "recent weeks."The Phillies have already handed out two big free-agent contracts, giving Andrew McCutchen $50 million over three years and Bryce Harper $330 million over 13 years. They have $16.6 million available this season before hitting the luxury-tax threshold, perSpotrac.Keuchel was one of the most prominent starting pitchers hitting the open market last winter. He posted a 3.74 ERA, butallowedan MLB-high 211 hits in 204.2 innings with the Astros in 2018. MIAMI — On Wednesday night Jordan Zimmermann Jersey , Miami Marlins rookie right-hander Sandy Alcantara will get another chance.Alcantara (1-0, 1.80 ERA), set to face the visiting Philadelphia Phillies in the rubber game of a three-contest series, will be making just his second major league start.Still, he doesn’t lack for confidence. The Dominican native with the golden right arm — his fastball has reached 102 mph — wasn’t too happy earlier this summer when he was still in New Orleans, which is Miami’s Triple-A affiliate.Article continues below ...“I have to wait for (the Marlins’) decision,” Alcantara said in Spanish at that time. “But I feel I should’ve been in the majors a long time ago. Sometimes it makes me mad. I attack hitters so that they know I should not be in the minors.”Alcantara, 22, finally made his first major league start on June 29 Jose Iglesias Jersey , beating the New York Mets while allowing three hits, five walks and one run in five innings.Immediately following that game, however, Alcantara landed on the disabled list due an infection in the armpit area.Now Alcantara will be matched up against Phillies right-hander Nick Pivetta (7-10, 4.66 ERA), a 25-year-old native of Canada.Pivetta took the road less traveled to the majors — from Canada to New Mexico Junior College and then the Washington Nationals, who drafted him in the first round in 2013.Last year, Pivetta made his major league debut, flashing a high-powered fastball that averages 94.8 mph.Pivetta has a 4.28 ERA in 16 home appearances this year Denny McLain Jersey , including 15 starts. On the road, Pivetta has been worse — a 5.19 ERA in 12 starts.In six career starts against the Marlins, Pivetta is 2-1 with a 5.83 ERA.The Phillies are counting on Pivetta because they gained a game on the first-place Atlanta Braves on Tuesday. The Phillies are now three games behind Atlanta in the National League East.“We have a ton of confidence,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told Phillies certainly played with confidence on Tuesday, getting three RBIs each from Cesar Hernandez and Asdrubal Cabrera in a 9-4 win over the Marlins.Carlos Santana also homered and had two RBIs for the Phillies, and Jake Arrieta struck out a season-best 11 batters to earn his 10th win of the season.Cabrera, acquired from the New York Mets on July 27, hit a two-run double and a solo homer. He has 23 homers this year — seven of them against Miami and five of those at Marlins Park. In fact, Cabrera has a home run in four straight games against the Marlins.Hernandez , who went 2-for-3 with two walks, a single and the triple, snapped out of a slump — he had gone 1-for-18 in his past five games.As for a hot Marlins hitter heading into Wednesday’s game, watch out for catcher J.T. Realmuto, who homered twice on Tuesday. He has 20 homers this season as a first-time All-Star.Realmuto will also be in charge of guiding Alcantara from his crouch behind home plate.“(Alcantara) throws hard, but they will hit you as you go up levels if that’s all you have,” New Orleans manager Arnie Beyeler said. “He needs to continue to develop his fastball command.”
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