Cardinals give Pirates regal butt-kicking

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay slides safely past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin...

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay slides safely past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin to score a run during Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Oct. 3, 2013. (JEFF CURRY/USA Today)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

ST. LOUIS - The Pittsburgh Pirates easily dispatched the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wild-card game to get to Busch Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

But the St. Louis Cardinals, with the New York Yankees no where to be seen this October, are the game's royalty.

And the Cards gave Pittsburgh a regal butt-kicking, making it seem as if the Bucs had not been to post-season play in over 20 years.


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