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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years
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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years

Sep 24 2013, 4:32am CDT | by

The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their Major League Baseball playoff drought with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

After 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the postseason. The Pirates are assured of at least a National League Wild Card spot after Starling Marte's ninth-inning home run off Kevin Gregg (...

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch 1st Postseason Berth in 21 Years

Sep 24 2013, 4:32am CDT | by

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The Pittsburgh Pirates ended their Major League Baseball playoff drought with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

After 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are back in the postseason.

The Pirates are assured of at least a National League Wild Card spot after Starling Marte's ninth-inning home run off Kevin Gregg (2-6) propelled visiting Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The win also coincided with the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals which eliminated Washington from postseason contention and made sure the Pirates are in the postseason for the first time since 1992.  

With the victory, Pittsburgh boosted its record to 90-67 to move into a tie for second place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cardinals' lead in the division stands at two games with five games remaning in the regular season. 

For now, Pittsburgh will relish being in the postseason since Jim Leyland, Barry Bonds and Bobby Bonilla all sported Pirates black and gold. They have also put an end to their 20-year streak with a losing record -- the longest in the four major professional sports, per the Associated Press

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen couldn't be more relieved.

"Even tough I didn't lose for the last 20 years, they make you feel like you are. You feel like you lost those 20 years. That's all you hear. You hear it every single day -- 'When's it going to change? You think this is the year? You get sick and tired of hearing that. It's awesome that there won't be any questions anymore. The question is are we able to go farther?"

The Pirates led early on, 1-0, on a first-inning home run form Neil Walker but the Cubs managed to even things up in the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs' Ryan Sweeney blooped a single which McCutchen scooped up. The Pirates' center fielder then threw to first baseman Justin Morneau near the pitcher's mound.

Morneau threw to catcher Russell Martin who made the game-saving play at home plate, tagging Nate Schierholtz for the final out. 

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, who orchestrated several mid-season moves to bring in key players such as Morneau, outfielder Marlon Byrd and backup catcher John Buck, was all too delighted but knows it's just the first step.

"To see these guys bounce around, the excitement, the sheer joy in their eyes...At the same time, they know it's just another step in the process." 

 
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San Francisco Giants Are Good Enough To Win 2014 NL Wild Card Game

Sep 29 2014 3:05pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

The entirely unpredictable San Francisco Giants are heading full flight into the Steel City for a one-game showdown against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the right to move on to the NLDS. The Giants capped the regular season with a rousing speech from spark plug Hunter Pence, who emphatically led AT&T Park in the “Yes!” ch ...
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MLB standings 2014: Angels finish season with baseball's best record

Sep 29 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

The 2014 MLB regular season came to an end Sunday. Here are the final standings for this year. The 2014 Major League Baseball regular season concluded Sunday with a busy slate of games across the country. The field for the postseason is set and for 20 other teams, it's time to start thinking about the offseason and what things will look like in 2015. The Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Ca ...
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Complete 2014 MLB Playoff Preview: Schedule, Team Rankings and Predictions

Sep 29 2014 6:13am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

While there were a number of possible scenarios that could have forced a Game 163 this season, none of them played out, and the regular season wrapped up Sunday with the 10 postseason teams and their respective matchups all decided. Things will kick off with the Kansas City Royals hosting Oakland A's in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night, followed by the NL Wild Card Game between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesda ...
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Nats Journal: Leftovers from the final day of the regular season

Sep 28 2014 8:25pm CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

So much happened on Sunday, that some things were lost in the shuffle. >>> The Nationals have a somewhat clearer picture of their first-round playoff opponent. Because the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to starter Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the National League Central title. The Pirates will now host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. in the NL wild-card game in Pittsburgh, and the winner will face the Na ...
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San Francisco Giants clinch NL Wild Card

Sep 25 2014 3:25pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports The San Francisco Giants clinched a National League Wild Card spot in the playoffs on Thursday after the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants still have a chance to climb ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top Wild Card slot, which would give it home-field advantage for the NL Wild Card Game on Oct. 1. The winner of the Wild Card round would play the top division winner on Oct. 3.  The Washing ...
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2014 MLB Playoffs: St. Louis Cardinals’ Magic Number/Scenarios

Sep 24 2014 10:38am CDT | Source: Rant Sports

Last week it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were safely on the way to the NL Central title and a chance to firm up the pitching rotation for the NL Division Series. It’s funny how baseball works sometimes. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been charging hard ...
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San Francisco Giants Fail to Salvage Series Against Offensively Inept San Diego Padres

Sep 21 2014 6:46pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

The suddenly spiraling San Francisco Giants wasted a strong beginning to an otherwise mediocre start from Ryan Vogelsong on Sunday en route to being swept by the offensively inept San Diego Padres. The Giants plummeted into a first place tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates fo ...
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Pirates edge Brewers 1-0, move closer to playoffs

Sep 21 2014 4:28pm CDT | Source: CBSSports.com

PITTSBURGH (AP) Vance Worley pitched eight sparkling innings, Russell Martin hit a late RBI single and the Pittsburgh Pirates trapped a runner in the ninth, edging Milwaukee 1-0 Sunday to extend their wild-ca ...
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Roundup: Brewers Top Pirates to Trim Gap in Race

Sep 20 2014 11:31pm CDT | Source: New York Times: Sports

The Brewers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1-0, on Saturday night to gain ground in the race for the second National Le ...
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Martin's homer sparks Pirates over Brewers

Sep 19 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: ESPN.com - MLB

Russell Martin hit a three-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates inched closer to a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday nig ...
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