2:24 AM EDT, Fri April 28, 2017
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2 hours ago

Confidence grows for Pirates' Josh Bell

Standing on the infield dirt at PNC Park, Gift Ngoepe furrowed his brow and stared at first baseman Josh Bell. Ngoepe marveled, not even a smidgen miffed his close friend Bell had just stolen the show in Ngoepe’s debut, a 6-5 win Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.
Beaver County Times 9 hours ago
Pirates' investments in international players like Gift Ngoepe matching up with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's vision for baseball's future

Pirates' investments in international players like Gift Ngoepe matching up with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's vision for baseball's future

Acquired as teenagers back in 2008 and 2009, respectively, it took quite a while for the Pirates' investments in Ngoepe and Neverauskas to pay off. But finding talent in less-scouted areas is a place the Pirates have placed a lot…
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 13 hours ago

Paul Zeise: The clock is ticking on Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow may be a future star for the Pirates. We know all about his talent, high ceiling, velocity, excellent fastball and curve and on and on.

One in a billion: Gift Ngoepe, MLB's first African-born player, singles in Pirates debut

When rookie infielder Gift Ngoepe ran toward second base at PNC Park in the fourth inning Wednesday to make his Pirates debut, becoming the first African-born player to play in the major leagues, catcher Francisco Cervelli smiled and put his hand over Ngoepe’s heart.

Brian O'Neill: The original PED user was Pud in Pittsburgh

It shouldn’t make suspended Pirates outfielder Starling Marte feel any better, but there was a time when a Pittsburgh ballplayer could shoot himself up with a performance-enhancing drug and people thought that was dandy.
Beaver County Times Apr 26, 2017
Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African in MLB

Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African in MLB

Gift Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home run Wednesday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5…

Pirates heat up early, avoid sweep with 6-5 win over Cubs

Powered by home runs from Josh Harrison and Josh Bell, the Pirates overcame another shaky start from right-hander Tyler Glasnow and avoided a series sweep at PNC Park with a 6-5 defeat of the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs Wednesday night.

From the Babe, to Maz, to Clemente, to PNC Park: 99-year-old usher has seen it all

Phil Coyne watched from behind the visitors dugout at Forbes Field as the New York Yankees came from behind to tie the Pirates, 9-9, in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

Gift Ngoepe: 'No matter where you are ... you can still make it'

Gift Ngoepe walked into the Pirates clubhouse at PNC Park Wednesday wearing a smile and a green polo shirt from his days playing for South Africa in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He found his locker, his No. 61 jersey and reunited with old teammates from these past nine years.

Game 21: Freese not in lineup but not ruled out to be available; a new Gift to open

By Chris Adamski NORTH SHORE – Two days after injuring himself when he missed the bag at first base, David Freese is “getting better” and hasn’t been ruled out to be available for Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.   “Right hamstring tightness, day to day (but) he does feel better today,” head athletic …

Freese day to day with hamstring tightness; Bastardo, Frazier on the mend

Third baseman David Freese is “day to day” with right hamstring tightness and could be available off the bench as a pinch-hitter Wednesday night, according to Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk.
Washington Times Apr 26, 2017

Pirates rookie Ngoepe 1st African player to reach majors

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up infielder Gift Ngoepe, making him what they say is the first player from Africa to reach the major leagues. The Pirates recalled Ngoepe (n-GOH'-pay) from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday and sent reliever Dovydos Neverauskas back to the minors. The 27-year-old Ngoepe ...

Pirates reportedly plan to call up Gift Ngoepe

The Pirates plan to promote shortstop Gift Ngoepe, according to multiple reports, setting the stage for the debut of the first African-born player in Major League Baseball history.

Lithuanians didn't have baseballs — now they have a major leaguer

The clubhouse manager scurried into a storage room at PNC Park late Monday and produced a pair of size 12 spikes for Dovydas Neverauskas, the Pirates’ new arrival. Wearing a tan Rawlings mitt pulled from Chad Kuhl’s locker, Neverauskas was whisked away on a cart through the hallways of the stadium and deposited at the bullpen’s back door.

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