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NL Wild Card Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants

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2014 National League Wild Card Game

San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 8:07 ET

TV: ESPN

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I am aware that many Tribe fans fans have a problem with Pittsburgh. Given that the Indians and Pirates have never played especially meaningful games against one another, I must assume this is a spillover from the Browns/Steelers rivalry, which is all well and good, I suppose.  I don't like the Steelers either, but that doesn't affect my view of the Pirates, just like I don't hate all Canadians just because Nickelback is from Canada.

I don't really have any problems with the Giants either, but they have won two of the last four World Series, and I'd just as soon see someone new get a crack at it. So, I'll be cheering for Pittsburgh, but not tearing my hair out if I don't get my wish. A lively game like we saw last night would be fine by me, regardless of the winner.

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Today's Lineups

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Gregor Blanco - CF Josh Harrison - 3B
Joe Panik - 2B Jordy Mercer - SS
Buster Posey - C Andrew McCutchen - CF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Russell Martin - C
Hunter Pence - RF Starling Marte - LF
Brandon Belt - 1B Neil Walker - 2B
Brandon Crawford - SS Gaby Sanchez - 1B
Travis Ishikawa - LF Travis Snider - RF
Madison Bumgarner - LHP Edinson Volquez - RHP

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