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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.

Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

The new Yankee Stadium has ranked as one of the 10 most-HR-prone parks every season since it opened in 2009, according to ESPN's park factors. The park features a short right-field porch, which makes it an ideal setting for Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker, who entered Thursday tied for the Pirates' lead with eight home runs each.

• Edinson Volquez will have one advantage working for him Friday: the element of the unknown. Volquez has made just one career start against the Yankees. Carlos Beltran leads the Yankees with 17 career at-bats vs. Volquez. Only three Yankees have more than 10 at-bats against Volquez. Volquez's walk rate has improved in 2014 under Ray Searage, who has worked with Volquez on creating a more-efficient path to home plate, but he walked four in his last start against the Cardinals.

• The Pirates last played at the Yankees on June 8-10, 2007, when they were swept in a three-game series.

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