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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals postseason primer

Pittsburgh Pirates' A.J. Burnett throws during practice at

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The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:

SEASON SERIES

The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...

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Vic Black to go to Mets in Marlon Byrd deal

Victor Black is reportedly the player to be

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The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.

Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.

Black tweeted from his verified...

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A look at Dilson Herrera, the Mets' newest prospect

Marlon Byrd celebrates his first-inning run against the

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The Mets traded Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. So who exactly are the Mets getting in this deal?

Herrera, 19, is a career .281 hitter with a .355 OBP, .455 slugging percentage and 21 home runs in 995 minor league plate appearances spread over three seasons. He was playing for...

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