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Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit

Pirates Focus on Game 2 Bounceback, Avoiding 2-0 Deficit

Leave it to Andrew McCutchen to provide an ounce of perspective following the Pirates' first-ever NLDS loss.

"One team had to win, one team had to lose," the Pirates center fielder said. "We're the team that had to lose tonight."

Hey, it's not deep, but it's true. The playoffs create a cauldron for The Narrative™ to emerge, no matter what that narrative is. And there is no better source of HOT SPORTS TAKES than the ESPN Twitter account, run by a line-break-happy monkey pumped up on artificial testosterone.

https://twitter.com/espn/status/385907750636900352

Logic takes a permanent holiday for ESPN social media.

Fact is, the Pirates can very easily even up the NLDS and force the Cardinals to play two games in suddenly-foreboding PNC Park. Game 2 will start a mere 18 hours afte...

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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.

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