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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

• The Diamondbacks are really good at that comeback thing. They lead the majors with 26 wins in their final at-bat, ahead of the Royals and Red Sox (19 apiece). Arizona is second in the NL with 35 comeback victories behind the Braves (38). Before arriving in Pittsburgh, the D-backs swept the Orioles — winning all three games in walk-off fashion. It's the third time in franchise history, and first time since 2007, that they've done it.

• Arizona 2B Aaron Hill is streaking, with six multi-hit efforts in his past eight games. In that span, he's batted (13 for 30) with three HRs and 11 RBI. Hill homered in three straight games Aug. 10-12 and produced a career-best five straight multi-hit games Aug. 7-12.

• Andrew McCutchen moved into the top spot Friday on USA Today's National League MVP tracker. McCutchen's .417 batting average of his previous 18 games and 6.4 wins over replacement boosted him ahead of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (6.1 WAR).

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