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10/6/2015 | Moments that will matter in NL Wild Card Game

Tonight at PNC Park, the Pirates and Cubs could see their entire season -- successful as they've been to this point -- come down to their ability to execute in a few key moments of the National League Wild Card Game.

10/6/2015 | Starlin, Aramis square off one more time

When Starlin Castro was called up to the Cubs in May 2010, Aramis Ramirez was 32 years old, and had been with the team since July 2003. Ramirez was one of the veteran players who helped the then-20-year-old shortstop adjust to big league life.

10/6/2015 | Kang will join club for pregame introductions

Jung Ho Kang, the trailblazing rookie from South Korea who quickly worked his way into the Pirates lineup and into the hearts of the team's fans, will take his bows alongside his teammates tonight.

10/6/2015 | Heat of the moment stokes Cole

In his Major League debut, Gerrit Cole beat Tim Lincecum. In his second big league start, Cole beat Zack Greinke. This season, Cole started wins over Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw. So the young right-hander has done well starting games in the shadow of Cy Young Award winners.

10/6/2015 | If challenged, McCutchen ready to rake

"If you can't stand the heat, stay out of McCutchen." Pirates opponents followed that advice for the last two weeks of the regular season, avoiding Andrew McCutchen with rare resolve.

10/6/2015 | Authentic, transparent Hurdle leads Pirates

Clint Hurdle fits the mold of a "traditional" manager. He's a former player. He talks about the importance of grit and staying stubborn in your approach. His deep voice booms out of his office and all around PNC Park. At 58 years old, even after two hip surgeries, he is still physically imposing. But to classify Hurdle as traditional would be a mistake.

10/6/2015 | Morse, Ishikawa excited to hear loud Bucs fans

Michael Morse has heard all about how loud PNC Park will be tonight. He got a taste of it in last year's National League Wild Card Game, but his team quickly silenced the crowd of 40,629.

10/6/2015 | Pittsburgh kid earns Wild Card tickets for good grades

Pirates club president Frank Coonelly presented Nazair with tickets to Wednesday night's National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at PNC Park during a surprise morning visit to his school.

10/6/2015 | Open GIF basket before Cubs-Bucs contest

The Cubs and Pirates meet in the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser tonight at 8 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh. As we prepare for this intriguing matchup, which can be seen on TBS, here's a look at some of the top GIFs from each team's season, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.

10/6/2015 | Oct. 6 Clint Hurdle workout day interview

Oct. 6 Clint Hurdle workout day interview

10/6/2015 | MLB reporters predict NL Wild Card Game winner

As 10 teams embark on the road to the 111th World Series, a collection of analysts, columnists and reporters shared their thoughts on who will come out on top.

10/5/2015 | 5 reasons Pirates will win World Series

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's advice to individual players -- "If you just focus on being good and you're good long enough, you can turn out to be great" -- can also apply to the collective.

10/5/2015 | Bucs' breakthrough won't be easy

Location, location, location. Like in real estate, it can be a key to success in baseball. The Pirates know that as well as anyone, and the challenges they face aren't getting easier any time soon, not with the Cubs joining the Cardinals in constructing a powerhouse built to last.

10/5/2015 | Ace U: College ball prepped Cole for WC start

Earlier this decade, Gerrit Cole, the Bucs' young ace, was indirectly being groomed for his future as the Friday night starter for the UCLA Bruins.

10/5/2015 | Division Series start times set through Sunday

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the start times for Division Series games through Sunday. FS1 and MLB Network will exclusively televise all American League Division Series games, while TBS will exclusively telecast all National League Division Series games. All postseason games will be telecast in Canada by Sportsnet.

10/5/2015 | Huntington not content with just postseason berth

Neal Huntington takes pride in being only the second Pirates general manager to reach the postseason three straight seasons, but he is not content to simply qualify. Of course, he wants to win it all.

10/5/2015 | With 1 shot to advance, Bucs prep for Arrieta

For all the Pirates accomplished this year, all the questions they emphatically and successfully answered along the way, their entire season will boil down to one more: Can they beat Jake Arrieta?

10/5/2015 | Constructing a winner: Pirates

Here's a look at how the Pittsburgh Pirates used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.

10/4/2015 | McCutchen, Rizzo carry biggest bats into big game

The pitching matchup for the NL Wild Card Game is awesome. But every game needs a big hit, and the likeliest candidates to deliver on Wednesday night are the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo.

10/4/2015 | There's hope for big-winning Wild Cards

The Pirates won 98 games; the Cubs, 97. And they still didn't win the NL Central. But they should take heart in knowing that there is precedence of teams winning in the upper-90s and not winning the division, yet capturing the World Series.

10/4/2015 | Cole driving Pirates' playoff train

He already has a nickname -- Cole Train, for the way he has steamed down a fast track since being the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft -- but Gerrit Cole could also go by "The Edge," if that hadn't already been taken by the famed guitarist.

10/4/2015 | Happ to it: Lefty leads Bucs to home field

J.A. Happ, a non-waiver Trade Deadline insurance acquisition who has paid a huge premium, pitched the Pirates into home-field advantage for the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, hurling six shutout innings Sunday in the Bucs' 4-0 victory over the Reds.

10/4/2015 | Pirates win right to host Cubs in WC Game

The Pirates already knew the what, who and when. Now, they know where. The Bucs will host the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser at 8 p.m. ET (on TBS) on Wednesday at PNC Park.

10/4/2015 | In postseason, Bucs aim to cross NLCS threshold

The Pirates, again, are stepping into the postseason. Their mission: Avoid, again, tripping over the threshold. Realizing the organization's goal of building a perennial contender, the Bucs are playoff threepeaters for only the third time in franchise history.

10/4/2015 | NL Wild Card position-by-position: Cubs-Pirates

The Cubs and Pirates battled each other all season in the National League Central, and now comes their most important matchup yet, in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Wednesday night. Who has the advantage at each position?

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