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First Pitch: Pirates Advance to Face the Cardinals in the NLDS

First Pitch: Pirates Advance to Face the Cardinals in the NLDS

The Pirates are going to the NLDS. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Not much to say, other than linking to all of the coverage tonight. I'm heading to St. Louis tomorrow, and James Santelli will be joining me on Thursday for coverage of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals. James and Nate will have left-over coverage of the Wild Card game tomorrow, plus we'll have a look ahead at the Cardinals. For now, here is the Wild Card content.

**The Pirates Bought a Wild Card Win Against the Reds. Looking at how the big acquisitions of Francisco Liriano, Russell Martin, and Marlon Byrd paid off.

**Fourth Inning the Key to Liriano’s Outing, Pirates’ Wild Card Victory. Francisco Liriano didn't run into many jams, but this one was the key.

**Cue-to, Cue-to — The Value of Home Field Advantage. Looking at the impact of the crowd and Cueto breaking down after the chants started.

**Video of the Pirates celebrating after winning:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q2XPRy1JI0

**A fan j...

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