As we learned in the  thrilling AL wild-card game , every run counts in do-or-die postseason baseball. Lucky for the San Francisco Giants, they got four runs in one swing in the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s NL wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shortstop Brandon Crawford launched a grand slam off Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez after Volquez allowed two hits and a walk to start the fourth. PNC Park went silent. Giants fans, of course, were thrilled. And Amy Crawford, sister of Brandon, was left somewhere in the middle. You see, this particular playoff matchup is tough on Crawford’s sister, who has been dating Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole for a couple years now. Cole wasn’t pitching in the wild-card game, luckily for Amy. Her response to her brother’s grand slam was almost immediate and, tactfully, showed no rooting interested. Welp… That’s my brother. — ᎯℳᎽ ᏣℛᎯᏇℱᎾℛⅅ (@amy_lynn23) October 2, 2014 Welp, that’s a 100 percent fact. And it’s a fact that makes things particularly awkward for Amy. Because she gets tweets like this: “ @amy_lynn23 : Welp… That’s my brother.” u either disown him, or stop dating our pitcher — Lee Keebum (@bradazichh) October 2, 2014 Calm down, Pittsburgh. It’s OK. Another of Crawford’s sisters — he’s the oldest and has three younger sisters — had her own awkward moment. She had to figure out how to celebrate big bro’s big blast while sitting in a college classroom. WHY AM I IN CLASS RIGHT NOW

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There’s no doubt the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco have taken two vastly different roads to reach the 2014 NL wild-card game.  For the Pirates, there are 20 years of futility now firmly placed in the rearview mirror. The satisfaction of a winning season and simply making the postseason in 2013 has given way to desires of winning their first World Series championship since 1979. For the battled-tested Giants, they’ve been there and done that twice since 2010, but the hunger for a third championship is strong.  The Pirates appeared in the first NL wild card game in 2013, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 at PNC Park. The Giants, on the other hand, haven’t played in a one-game playoff. If Pittsburgh has one edge, as slight as it might be, that one-game experience could be it. That said, this is about the most unpredictable scenario any team can face — just ask the Royals and the A’s . No matter the path they’ve taken, the pressure on each is the same. It’s win-or-go-home. PARTICULARS First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The game will air on ESPN, with a one-hour edition of “Baseball Tonight” serving as the lead-in beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Rosters and full lineups haven’t been announced yet.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Edinson Volquez’s renaissance began with a simple game of catch.

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A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates:

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Ned Yost says he is not too concerned by the long odds faced by the wild card entrants as the Kansas City Royals return to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years.

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So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — After a day of too much Johnny Cueto, the Pittsburgh Pirates finally knew where they were going.

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Those rooting for chaos in baseball’s final weekend are witnessing all of their dreams coming true heading into Sunday. While three teams had an opportunity to clinch either a division championship or a wild-card spot on Saturday. In the name of said chaos, all three failed to cross the finish line, setting up what could be and likely will be a wild final day in baseball’s regular season. The most notable situation surrounds the one postseason spot that has yet to be claimed — the second AL wild card. On both Friday and Saturday night in Texas, the A’s needed just a victory to punch their ticket to the AL wild-card game, yet they were unable to get the job done, falling 2-1 and 5-4 respectively against the worst team record wise in the AL. That left the door open slightly for the Seattle Mariners, and with two wins over the Angels, they’re just one back with one game to play. The St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers are already in, but still haven’t clinched their respective divisions, leaving open the possibility they could each fall into their league’s wild-card game. Both teams missed on their opportunity to clinch Saturday as the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals also lost.  That leaves us with three races yet to be determined and six potentially meaningful games on Sunday afternoon. The scenarios themselves are all pretty straight forward, but they’re definitely ripe for chaos. Here’s a look at how they set up and what you’ll want to root for to get three tiebreaker games on Monday. American League Wild-Card • A’s clinch wild-card with win or Mariners loss. • Mariners force tiebreaker with win AND A’s loss. The tiebreaker game would be played on Monday at Safeco Field by virtue of Seattle winning the season series 10-9. The team that wins the wild-card would visit the No. 1 seed Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS beginning on Thursday. American League Central

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TORONTO (AP) — Since 1993, when Joe Carter’s World Series-ending home run off Mitch Williams gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second title, 29 major league teams have qualified for the playoffs at least once.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Jhonny Peralta drove in three runs, one with the go-ahead single in the 10th inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals survived an Arizona rally to beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 Friday night and stay alone atop the NL Central.

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