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Home plate umpire Mike DiMuro calls the Chicago Cubs' Nate Schierholtz out at home as the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin shows DiMuro the ball.

Pirates clinch! Pirates clinch!

So after 21 years of wandering through the desert with the likes of Midre Cummings, Joe Randa and Elmer Dessens, my Pittsburgh Pirates officially clinched a playoff berth last night for the first time since 1992.

Today's forecast: Fire with periods of brimstone, scattered earthquakes and a 70 percent chance of Armageddon.

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