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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.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
 

CINCINNATI — The Pirates' 8-3 victory Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds ensured that playoff baseball will return to Pittsburgh.

The win clinched home-field advantage for the Pirates against the Reds in the National League wild-card game at 8 p.m. Tuesday at PNC Park.

“The important part is getting these guys home, playing in a park where we've won 50 games and giving our fans a taste of postseason baseball,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “That's significant.”

The Pirates are 50-31 at PNC Park and 43-37 on the road. The Reds are 41-41 on the road.

It will be the first postseason game in Pittsburgh since Oct. 11, 1992.

The winner of the wild-card game will advance to the best-of-five National League Division Series, which begins Thursday. The wild-card winner will play Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS on the road against league's top seed — either the Atlanta Braves or St. Louis Cardinals.

If the Pirates make it to the NLDS, they will host games Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 (if necessary).

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