First Call: Ex-Steelers praise team to new OLB; former Penguin perfects unique MLB first pitch

Friday’s “First Call” introduces you to the Pittsburgh Steelers new exterior linebacker. We verify in on Pirates starter Mitch Keller, who appears to be like to keep on a scorching streak.

A former Penguin “throws” out one of the crucial unique MLB first pitches you’re ever going to see.

And a reader offers us a a lot wanted historical past lesson.


Friendly endorsement

With a necessity at exterior linebacker, the Steelers signed David Anenih to their 53-man roster off of the Tennessee Titans apply squad Thursday.

Many of his friends in Tennessee are former Steelers OLBs, together with Bud Dupree, Derrek Tuszka and Ola Adeniyi.

According to Anenih, he was instructed he’d “adore it” in Pittsburgh.

“They simply instructed me that I’m going to prefer it,” Anenih stated by way of the Steelers YouTube channel. “It’s a terrific surroundings. The teaching workers, the gamers. The entire group. They simply stated I used to be going to get pleasure from it, that it is a terrific metropolis.”

Anenih claims that he was requested to drop in protection slightly bit extra in Tennessee than he expects to do in Pittsburgh. He was added to the Steelers roster after TJ Watt was positioned on injured reserve Thursday.


Keep it up, Keller!

Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller is on the mound Friday evening for the Pirates towards the New York Mets. He’s wanting to proceed his profitable methods of late.

The right-hander is within the midst of pitching 15 consecutive scoreless innings. That consists of seven innings of shutout ball towards the Cardinals in a 4-3 loss Sept. 11. In his begin earlier than that he blanked the New York Mets for six innings because the Pirates received 8-2 on Sept. 6.

That day the Pirates beat up Taijuan Walker, scoring 4 runs off of him in 5 innings. Walker will search for payback Friday, as he takes the mound for the Mets towards Keller and the Bucs. He is 11-4 on the yr with a 3.48 ERA.

Keller’s ERA is down to 4.01. He is 5-10 on the season.


More Steelers information

• Malik Reed seems to be the best choice to change TJ Watt, however the Steelers could produce other choices
• After 3-sack preseason, undrafted rookie David Anenih is keen to be a part of the Steelers
• Steelers’ Najee Harris, Levi Wallace full apply contributors, Mason Cole says he is good


Way to go, GoGo

Former Penguin Alex Goligoski could have simply “thrown out” one of the crucial spectacular ceremonial first pitches ever.

The Minnesota Twins had a “Minnesota Wild” evening at Target Field to rejoice their hockey neighbors from the Twin Cities. Goligoski, now a defenseman for the Wild, can be a local of Minnesota. He was given the consideration of throwing out the first pitch.

But the defenseman put a twist on the custom. He introduced his stick and shot the baseball towards dwelling plate. Twins reliever Jovani Moran was behind dwelling plate to catch it.

Perfect strike!

Goligoski’s taking pictures share for the Wild final season was simply 2.5%. But if he can put the puck the place he needs like he simply did with that baseball, Goligoski would possibly win the Norris Trophy this yr.


Double-check that

We had to make a correction in Thursday’s “U mad, bro?” Thanks to our loyal reader “Ed in Maine” for catching this one.

We had a really exuberant e mail from a reader who was lifeless set on crowning the Steelers season-opening win in Cincinnati because the “biggest defensive efficiency of all time.”

I felt that it was… slightly a lot.

I cited a number of extra particular Steelers examples that struck me as extra applicable of such a declare. One of them was the franchise’s 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. That day the Steel Curtain compelled 5 Vikings turnovers, held them to 119 complete yards and picked up a security en route to a 16-6 victory.

But I erroneously talked about that the Steelers protection solely allowed six factors alongside the way in which. That’s not true. The Vikings solely rating was on a blocked punt try with about 10 minutes left within the fourth quarter. Essentially, the Steelers protection pitched a shutout.

So, thanks, Ed. That really makes the purpose even stronger. But now I’ve obtained the info fully collectively.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review workers author. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or by way of Twitter. All tweets might be reposted. All emails are topic to publication until specified in any other case.

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