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Pirates Beat Athletics For First Time In History. Really!

How is that even possible?

Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-0 to snap a four-game losing streak, and with it, an even bigger streak than that. Believe it or not, but before Wednesday’s game, the Pirates had never defeated the Athletics. Like, ever.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates, as we know them, have been around since 1912, and the Athletics have been a major league franchise since 1901. That’s over 700 years of baseball between the two teams!

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What’s that, like, 400 Pirates losses in a row or something?

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Actually, it’s only 11. The Pirates and the Athletics never met in the World Series, meaning they only started playing each other when interleague play began in 1997. Still, though, that’s a lot of losses in a row.

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