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Leave it to the Pirates ...

Just when you thought there was a bright spot to the Pirates' season, they go and do it again.

First they lost to the Nats, the worst team in baseball. I can give them that one, I guess. After all, they had taken the first three games in their series against them.

But they go out and get shut out by a team that gave up 20 runs the night before.

It's a good thing I have the Penguins to provide a nice little distraction.

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