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Pirates head to NLDS, but some local fans may be in dark

October 1, 2013 - Neil Rudel
Watching the Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild-Card game Tuesday night ---Pittsburgh's first playoff game since 1992 -- was a treat, a long overdue treat.

Anybody who has called themselves a Pirates fan deserves this postseason, and now it's on to the National League Divisional Series against St. Louis.

Game 1 is set for 5 p.m. on TBS Thursday.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Game 2 will be carried by the MLB Network -- and unless you have DirecTV or Dish Network here in the Altoona area, you won't get it.

The MLB network, according to its web site, reaches 70 million homes. Atlantic Broadband, however, doesn't carry it, and at this point, barring some sort of arrangement to place the game on an available network here -- highly unlikely, according to one TV source -- Pirate fans with Atlantic Broadband will need a Plan B on Friday.

The Mirror has reached out to Atlantic Broadband, without success (shock) and will continue to do so Wednesday to see if the local cable company can provide some answers -- and a reason to subscribe.

Game 4 on Monday, should the best-of-series last that long, is also scheduled for TBS or MLB. The rest of the series is on TBS, as is the NLCS. The World Series will be televised on FOX.

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