• Cervelli in Altoona: First steps in return

    By: JARROD PRUGAR

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    It had been a long time coming, but Sunday night in front of 8,656 fans, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli returned to the field and the only position he's ever wanted to play.

    "I'm not a baseball player, I'm a catcher," Cervelli said after his rehab appearance for the Altoona Curve. "Everything else is boring for me."

    Cervelli went 1 for 3 with a double and was hit by a pitch before being replaced following his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning by catcher Jason Delay. Altoona went on to drop a 7-3 decision to Reading.

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