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Pirates recall Pearce

| Wednesday, July 2, 2008

CINCINNATI -- The Pirates today called up first baseman Steve Pearce from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pearce is driving here form Louisville, Ky., where Indy was playing a three-game series, and is expected to arrive during tonight's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pearce takes the roster spot vacated by closer Matt Capps, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder bursitis and internal rotation deficit.

Pearce was batting .259 with 11 homers and 50 RBI in 79 games for Indianapolis. He was a late-season callup last year, and hit .294 with six RBI in 23 games with the Pirates.

Pearce likely will be sent back to Indy Monday, when pitcher Phil Dumatrait (shoulder) comes off the DL.

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