Ahoy, Pittsburgh! New Pirates reliever greets city in pirate costume

John Axford won't be wearing this uniform anymore, but before he donned a Pirates uniform, he donned a pirate's uniform.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates, locked in a three-team battle in the NL Central and without their injured MVP, bolstered their bullpen by acquiring John Axford from the Cleveland Indians via a waiver claim on Thursday, a source told FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal.

Pittsburgh, who earlier this week placed reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen on the 15-day DL with a broken rib, is in third place in the NL Central, 2½ games behind division-leading Milwaukee and a half-game behind St. Louis.

In Axford, the Pirates are getting a 31-year-old right-hander who tied for the NL lead in saves in 2011 with 46 while pitching in Milwaukee.

They’re also getting a guy with quite the sense of humor.

And a sense of sincerity.