PITTSBURGH — It doesn’t take a lot of time perusing his stats or watching him play to make the determination that Chris Bostick’s most likely role at the Major League level will be as a utility player.

Bostick, 24, recorded his first MLB hit on Thursday as the Pirates finished their penultimate homestand with an 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The hit, a double off the Clemente Wall in the ninth inning with no one on and the Pirates trailing by a touchdown, won’t be remembered for its historical importance. But it’s a big deal for Bostick to get his first taste of Major League success performing the role that he's most likely to assume going forward. Bostick entered the game as part of a double switch and went 1-for-2 on the night.

It’s big because even though Bostick looks like he’...

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