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Josh Bell has ball painted like ‘Wilson’ from ‘Castaway’ in locker

Josh Bell has been a power-hitting revelation for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, and the first baseman put an exclamation point on his long-ball prowess with a remarkable slugging display during Monday’s 18-5 thrashing of the Chicago Cubs.

Bell, who will take part in the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities next week, bashed three home runs in Monday’s game, giving him 25 on the season, good for fourth in Major League Baseball.

As noted by Cut4, Bell has now deposited two baseballs in the Allegheny River outside PNC Park, a remarkable achievement given such a feat has only occurred five times at the Pirates’ home ballpark since it opened in 2001.

It was recently noticed that Bell has likely celebrated hitting home runs into the river by painting up a baseball to resemble another waterlogged sports sphere of some repute: “Wilson” the volleyball from the Tom Hanks-starring flick “Castaway.”

A photograph taken Tuesday of Bell in the clubhouse documents the “Wilson”-like baseball sitting on a shelf in his locker.

Now that’s clever.