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Baseball's Pirates Turn To India For New Farmhands

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Baseball's Pirates Turn To India For New Farmhands

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Baseball's Pirates Turn To India For New Farmhands

Baseball's Pirates Turn To India For New Farmhands

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It took an enterprising promoter and a contest to find a Million Dollar Arm to produce Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh.

The newest farmhands for the Pittsburgh Pirates are first two athletes from India to sign professional baseball contracts though they never picked up a baseball until a few months ago.

Jeff Bernstein, the promoter responsible for the televised contest, which drew 40,000 entries, says Patel and Singh have adapted quickly to the game and will be Pittsburgh Pirates experts by the time they report to training camp.