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Pirates’ Kivlehan took unusual path to pro ball


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Patrick Kivlehan celebrates in the Pirates' dugout earlier this week in Fort Myers, Fla. - AP

BRADENTON, Fla. – If Patrick Kivlehan makes the Pirates’ roster out of spring training, it will be a good story because he is far from a lock at this point. Yet it won’t be the best baseball story for this former major-college safety.

The non-roster outfielder has made a good early impression in spring training after being signed to a minor-league contract in the offseason. He is 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and three RBIs in the early stages of the exhibition season.

“I’ve been able to get a couple of opportunities and am trying to make the most of them,” Kivlehan said. “I can’t complain.”

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