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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, June 6, 2014, 7:48 p.m.
 

X-factors

Pirates beat reporter Travis Sawchik'sinside look at Friday's game:

• Edinson Volquez's velocity increase that began in New York, with the right-hander touching 98 mph, continued to his last start when he against averaged 95 mph with his fastball at Los Angeles. With the increase in velocity has come an increase in strikeouts but can Volquez keep his improved command? Volquez will have to be careful while pitching to Carlos Gomez who has three career home runs against in 21 at bats. The Brewers have a career .770 on-base plus slugging vs. Volquez.

• Former Pirate Aramis Ramirez came off the disabled list and homered in his game back for the Brewers on Wednesday. Ramirez bolsters what is one of the most talented lineups in the National League.

The Buzz

Outfielder Jose Tabata might get another start Saturday in place of Starling Marte as Tabata has put up strong numbers against Brewers starter Matt Garza, batting .438 against Garza (seven hits in 16 at-bats).

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