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Pirates release righty from India

The Pirates have released pitcher Dinesh Patel, who with Rinku Singh won an Indian reality TV show and began a minor league career with the organization in 2009 despite having never played baseball.

Patel, a right-hander, appeared in nine Gulf Coast League games in 2010 and had an 8.59 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. In 2009, he was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pirates also released two Taiwanese prospects signed out of high school in 2009: right-hander Sheng-Cin Hong and first baseman Chih-Wei Hsu. The team dropped right-handers Melkin Laureano and Yomar Pacheco, first baseman Kyle Morgan, third baseman Andury Acevedo and outfielders Erik Huber and Kyle Saukko as well.


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