Francisco Liriano threw seven shutout innings and Neil Walker had a second straight four-hit game to lead the Pirates over the Tigers 8-4 on Thursday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep for Pittsburgh.
Walker's four hits gave him a 10-for-17 performance in the series -- with seven RBI -- to raise his batting average from .257 to .278.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Biggs and defenseman Tim Erixon from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Nick Spaling, Scott Harrington and a 2016 third-round draft pick.
Kessel is signed through the 2019-20 season. Toronto is retaining 15 percent of his salary, making Pittsburgh’s cap hit $6.8 million.
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