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Pirates call up top pitcher Paul Skenes for his Major League debut, says AP source

PITTSBURGH — The Paul Skenes era is about to begin in Pittsburgh.

The top pick in last year’s amateur draft will make his major league debut for the Pirates on Saturday when they face the Cubs, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the Pirates had not explicitly announced the promotion, although the club did send a hype video of Skenes with “5.11.24.”