The Pirates return to Petco Park, where a Padres sweep last August put the collapse in motion.

Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates' August déjà vu.

On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23 losses in 30 games.

On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Pirates lost a 16-inning game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, then traveled to San Diego. That date might be familiar to you as "yesterday." Not that the players will place any cosmic significance on this quirk of the schedule. First baseman Garrett Jones merely laughed when he was told about the one-day-off coincidence.

"Didn't even notice, didn't even think...

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