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Pirates rookie Ngoepe 1st African player to reach majors

PITTSBURGH (AP) Gift Ngoepe was aware of the significance of the moment when he put on his Pittsburgh Pirates uniform for the first time in the regular season.

The Pirates recalled the infielder from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, making him the first player from Africa to reach the major leagues, according to the team.

"It's a dream come true for me because it's been my dream since I was a 10-year-old boy, but it also means so much to the people of South Africa and baseball in Africa," Ngoepe said before the Pirates played the Chicago Cubs. "I've gotten plenty from people back home who are so excited. Baseball is still very much in the development stages (in Africa) and hopefully this gets more people interested."

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Leaders
AVG: D. Freese.321
HR: D. Freese3
RBI: D. Freese10
SB: G. Polanco5
W: I. Nova2
ERA: I. Nova2.00
Saves: T. Watson6
K: G. Cole27
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 128.600-
Milwaukee 1211.5221.5
Cincinnati 1012.4553
St. Louis 911.4503
Pittsburgh 812.4004
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .229 (25)
Runs: 65 (29)
Hits: 152 (23)
Home Runs: 15 (27)
Stolen Bases: 11 (12)
OBP: .306 (18)
SLG: .351 (27)
Total Bases: 233 (28)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.94 (14)
Runs Allowed: 93 (24)
Saves: 6 (10)
Strikeouts: 141 (27)
OpBA: .259 (27)
OBP: .325 (23)
SLG: .404 (17)
Run Support: 3.28 (29)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/26 D. Neverauskas Sent to Minors
4/26 G. Ngoepe Called Up from Minors
4/25 J. Barbato Called Up from Minors
4/25 A. Bastardo Placed on 10-Day DL (Strained left quad)
4/24 A. Frazier Placed on 10-Day DL (Strained left hamstring)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
4/25 A. Bastardo Strained left quad (on 10-day DL)
4/23 A. Frazier Strained left hamstring (on 10-day DL)
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