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Cardinals thrash Pirates in Game 1

That warm feeling emanating from Pittsburgh, following the Pirates' big wild-card win over the Cincinnati Reds? Cooled. That'll happen when you allow the St. Louis Cardinals to score seven runs in the third inning, en route to a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of their National League Division Series showdown. Will the Pirates be able to recover?

  • Will the Pirates recover mentally from their 9-1 loss to the Cardinals in Game 1?

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  • Who is more to blame for the Pirates allowing seven runs in the third inning of Game 1?

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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  • How will the Pirates-Cardinals series be decided?

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  • Are you rooting for the Pirates to win the World Series?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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How will MLB playoffs play out?

The division series are set, with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays earning best-of-five shots at the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, respectively. Meanwhile, we'll see two meetings between division winners -- Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers. How will it all play out?

  • Which team will win the Tigers-Athletics series?

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  • Which team will win the Rays-Red Sox series?

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  • Which team will win the Dodgers-Braves series?

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  • Which team will win the Pirates-Cardinals series?

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  • Which will be the best series?

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  • Which team will win the American League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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  • Which team will win the World Series?

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Pirates & Reds -- who goes farther?

Forget about their first winning record in 20 years; that is so a couple of weeks ago. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a playoff berth, meaning they'll get at least one taste of postseason action for the first time since 1992. The Cincinnati Reds didn't have to wait as long -- or at all, really, as they'll be playing extra baseball for the second straight year. How far will these NL Central teams go?

  • Which team will win the NL wild-card game?

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  • How will the Pirates fare in the postseason?

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  • How will the Reds fare in the postseason?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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Pirates & Reds -- who goes farther?

Forget about their first winning record in 20 years; that is so a couple of weeks ago. On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a playoff berth, meaning they'll get at least one taste of postseason action for the first time since 1992. The Cincinnati Reds didn't have to wait as long -- or at all, really, as they'll be playing extra baseball for the second straight year. How far will these NL Central teams go?

  • Which team will win the NL wild-card game?

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  • How will the Pirates fare in the postseason?

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  • How will the Reds fare in the postseason?

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  • Which team will win the National League pennant?

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Baseball races reach the stretch run

With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?

  • Which team wins the second AL wild card?

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  • Which manager would you rather have in the race for the AL's second wild card?

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  • Which team will win the AL West?

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  • Which team will win the NL Central?

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  • Which team will represent the NL in the World Series?

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  • Which team will represent the AL in the World Series?

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