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Remember when Lyles was the fifth starter? Yeah, let’s talk 12 Ks


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Jordan Lyles pitches Friday night in San Diego. - AP

SAN DIEGO -- It was easy to roll your eyes when the Pirates signed Jordan Lyles as a free agent in December.

The journeyman right-hander had a 31-52 career record. He had bounced around with four different teams and never came close to living up to the top prospect status he once held in the Astros’ organization.

However, Lyles is looking like a bargain now with his $2.05-million salary.

Lyles pitched his best game yet Friday night as the Pirates beat the Padres, 5-3, at Petco Park. He struck out 12 in seven innings while allowing one run, five hits and a walk.

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