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0: Total home runs hit by the Cardinals this season in 11 games and 99 innings at PNC Park -- until Carlos Beltran connected in the eighth inning of Sunday's Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

"Twelve seasons, first postseason appearance: I'm trying to soak it all in, and at the same time, stay focused. You look at the crowd and you get lost in the energy and the atmosphere. Just having a heck of a time. Trying to have fun and get one [ring]." -- Marlon Byrd, a baseball lifer, who has been delivering for the Pirates, on another kind of deliverance

Tom Singer is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer.
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