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Pirates are looking forward to playing the Cardinals on Sunday in MLB's opener

Pirates are looking forward to playing the Cardinals on Sunday in MLB's opener

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent the last three years making believers out of everybody, even the schedule makers.

The team that toiled in national anonymity for two decades will bat leadoff for Major League Baseball on Sunday when the Pirates host rival St. Louis in the opening game of the 2016 regular season.

"We're getting the kind of recognition as an organization that I don't think we've gotten as much in the past," pitcher Jeff Locke said. "Even as successful as we've been the last three years, really you can say it has been coming on for the last five years. This organization has really changed its face a lot."

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