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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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Sep 17 2014 1:17am CDT | Source: Stuff.co.nz

John Holdzkom was compared to the great Mariano Rivera today after the New Zealand Diamondblacks pitcher helped the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their playoff push with a 4-0 win over the defending Major League ...
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Holt slated for more tests Thursday

Sep 16 2014 8:50pm CDT | Source: espn red sox

PITTSBURGH -- Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt is not expected to face the Pittsburgh Pirates -- the team that drafted him in 2009, gave him his first big-league exposure in 2012, then traded him to the Sox in December of the same year -- during this week's interleague series. Holt missed his 10th game Tuesday night with concussive symptoms and is scheduled to undergo more tests Thursday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Cent ...
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Nine to Know: Red Sox Stats Pack – Yes…BUT edition

Sep 16 2014 11:51am CDT | Source: boston

Today as the Red Sox head into an interleague series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, we play the “Yes…BUT” game. Not familiar with it? Bill Chuck thinks you’ll cat ...
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San Francisco Giants’ World Series Hopes Depend On Back-End Starters

Sep 15 2014 2:11pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

After a brutal weekend series loss to the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants are suddenly desperate for a win. Entering Monday, the Giants remain three games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top Wild Card spot in the National League, and will seemingly guarantee themselves a slo ...
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5 Biggest Questions For The Pittsburgh Pirates Heading Into October

Sep 15 2014 2:03pm CDT | Source: Rant Sports

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Hulkamania Was Running Wild at PNC Park Saturday Night

Sep 15 2014 11:37am CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Whatchu gonna do brother, when three Pittsburgh Pirates fans show up at PNC Park Saturday night dressed up as Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan and the Iron Sheik? I dunno? Make a GIF. Also … the Hulkster likes Miller Lite tallboys, who knew? RELATED: The Rock + Steve Austin + Hulk Hogan = 30 Years of Wrestlemania in One Photo RELATED: Hulk Hogan Dressed Up as Hulk Hogan for Hallowe ...
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Cardinals get "terrific outing" from Marco Gonzales

Sep 15 2014 12:50am CDT | Source: denver post

Marco Gonzales certainly pitched like a veteran, allowing one run and four hits in 5 innings. He struck out nine, the most by a St. Louis rookie left-hander since Rick Ankiel on Sept. 13, 2000, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...
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Cubs hit into their first triple play in 14 years, lose to Pirates

Sep 14 2014 9:49pm CDT | Source: chicago sun-times

PITTSBURGH — Not that they were looking for a fitting play to sum up their ugliest road trip of the year, but the Cubs definitely found it Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. An especially rare around-the-horn triple play put a sudden end to their fourth inning in their eighth loss in nine games. One day after ...
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Milwaukee Brewers keep pace in Wild Card

Sep 14 2014 5:34pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

A day after mustering only two hits, the Milwaukee Brewers offense burst forth today in a relentless offensive assault on the Cincinnati Reds, winning 9-2 and remaining a game and a half behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card. The Brewers collected 15 hits and used a five-run seventh inning that was spearheaded by September call-up Matt Clark‘s three-run home run to ensure the win. The young first baseman clubbed a change up down the middle into 438 feet to right center. Clark has def ...
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John Farrell: David Ortiz Left Red Sox-Royals Game Due To Family Emergency

Sep 14 2014 5:33pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

A family emergency forced David Ortiz to leave Sunday’s Boston Red Sox game early, according to manager John Farrell. “He got called away from this game,” Farrell told reporters after the game. “There was a family emergency that he had to attend to, and he jumped on a flight late (Sunday) afternoon. He should meet us in Pittsburgh, but this is something that he had to get to.” Catcher Christian Vazquez pinch-hit for Ortiz in the seventh inning of the Red Sox’s eventual 8-4 win over the K ...
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