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A series against the cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh Pirates was supposed to be the "last stop" for the Los Angeles Dodges in clinching their division, right? Not so fast, when it is in Pittsburghùas the New York Mets found out in 2006. Having beaten the division-leading Mets 3-0 at home in mid-September three years ago, the Pirates won their final homestand 3-1 against the Dodgers in 2009. In the first game of the series, the Pirates pitched "by committee," with the score at 3-1, Pirates, after a three inning contribution from "straw" starter Jeff Karstens, who didn't pitch long enough to get the win. That went instead, to rookie Donnie Veal, who pitched two scoreless innings to the end of the fifth, followed by one and two inning contributions from Steve Jackson and Jesse Chavez. Matt Capps ...

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