MARKET SQUARE (KDKA) – Today is Pittsburgh Pirates Pride Day and hundreds of people attended a rally Downtown as the Bucs prepare to battle the Giants in the Wild Card Game.

The rally began at noon in Market Square and the fans know what’s at stake.

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“We are so proud of this 2014 Pirate team,” said announcer and former layer Steve Blass to the crowd of hundreds. “They are a perfect fit for this city.”

A win tomorrow at PNC Park will punch the Pirates’ ticket to the NLDS, where a best-of-five series against the Washington Nationals awaits.

A year ago, the Pirates called for a black out at PNC Park and they are asking for it again this time around.

“And we’re going to show the San Francisco Giants fans what a blackout is all about,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly.

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Parking spots will also be coveted Wednesday.

Lots 1 and 4 on the North Shore will be open to daily parkers, but you must be out by 6 p.m. The other lots won’t open until 3 p.m.

Edinson Volquez gets the start for the Pirates. This season, Volquez went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA and struck out 140 batters. However, over his last 12 starts, he posted a sparkling 1.78 ERA.

As for the Giants, they will send Madison Bumgarner to the mound. Bumgarner went 18-10 this season with a 2.98 ERA and struck out 219 batters.

The first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. Wednesday.

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