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Pirates sign Kelly Shoppach

Kelly Shoppach

Seattle Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach looks on from the dugout as the Mariners play the Cleveland Indians during the sixth inning in an exhibition spring training baseball game Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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Adding some catching insurance for the stretch run, the Pirates have agreed to a minor-league deal with Kelly Shoppach.

Shoppach was released by the Mariners in mid-June and briefly latched on with the Nationals before opting out of his minor-league deal after three weeks at Triple-A.

He’ll head back to Triple-A for the Pirates, who recently called up former first-round pick Tony Sanchez to back up Russell Martin following Michael McKendry’s season-ending knee injury.

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