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1,250: Career regular-season games played by Marlon Byrd before homering in his first postseason at-bat, in the second inning of Tuesday's National League Wild Card Game. The only player in Major League history to homer in his first postseason at-bat after a longer wait was Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, who hit one out of Dodger Stadium off Don Drysdale in the first inning of the 1966 World Series after a wait of 1,406 games.

"We left here with a bad taste in our mouths." -- Hurdle, on the Pirates getting swept in their most recent Busch Stadium visit, on Sept. 6-8

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