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Bell leads Pirates over Cardinals in Little League Classic

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Josh Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pirates over the Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic in Williamsport, PA, on Sunday night.

The teams played at renovated Bowman Field, a minor league ballpark located 5 miles from where the Little League World Series is taking place. Sitting in the front rows were admiring Little Leaguers who got to mingle with the big league stars earlier in the day, part of a Major League Baseball initiative to celebrate youth baseball.

Bell hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added a two-run single in the third.

Each of the Pirates' first four hitters -- Starling Marte, Josh Harrison, Andrew McCutchen and Bell -- collected two hits. Marte and Harrison scored twice as well.

McCutchen and Adam Frazier drove in Pittsburgh's other two runs.

Ivan Nova (11-10) scattered 8 hits and 3 runs over 5.2 innings to get the win. Felipe Rivero earned his 14th save to cap 3.1 scoreless innings by the Pittsburgh bullpen. 

After the final out of the first regular-season game in Williamsport, the Pirates shook hands on the field as usual after a victory. And then, in a nod to Little League baseball, both teams lined up at home plate and shook hands with each other, throwing in some hugs and high-fives to finish off a feel-good day.

 

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