Countdown to a Pirates winning season: Seven wins away

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On Thursday night, the Pirates thumped the Giants by a score of 10-5 and in doing so moved one win closer to 82. The significance of 82? That victory cinches the Pirates' first winning season since 1992 and thus ends the longest streak of losing seasons in U.S. major professional sports history. To mark the forthcoming occasion, we're seeing to the necessary business of counting down those wins.

So after win no. 75 on Thursday, the Pirates are left needing just seven more wins to snap the streak. And speaking of "seven" ...

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That, alongside possible NL MVP Andrew McCutchen, is Chuck Tanner's retired no. 7. Tanner, of course, skippered the "We Are Family" Buccos to the team's last World Series title, back in 1979. Fittingly enough, the Pirates on Thursday enjoyed a seven-run fifth inning, which put them in the lead for good.

The only way the Pirates can avoid a winning season is by raising the Jolly Roger just six more times over their final 35 games. Of course, the first-place Buccos have greater aspirations that "just" a winning season.

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