Pirates very magic number down to 1

After a 6-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates learned their very magic number has been reduced to 1, meaning they just need one more win or one more Dodgers loss to clinch homefield throughout the National League playoffs. "Being 59-97 is disappointing," said manager John Russell. "But thankfully we have a very magical number, far more magical than most teams' numbers, that can still get us into the playoffs. I am awestruck! Yay for magic!" In addition to the win/loss combinations, the Pirates magic number means they can also reach the playoffs if a one magical unicorn, ridden by Roberto Clemente, flies into their locker room with a Pirates cap atop its horn. "That would be awesome," said catcher Ryan Doumit. "I hope that's how we clinch it."


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