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Jason Grilli leaves the field after blowing a save in his final appearance at PNC Park on Thursday, June, 19, 2014, against the Reds. Grilli was traded to the Angels on Friday.

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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.

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• Gerrit Cole (shoulder fatigue) is expected to return from the disabled list to start his first game since June 3 at San Diego. Cole's fastball averaged 95 mph prior to his injury so velocity could be an indicator if he's 100 percent. The Pirates were concerned before the DL stint that Cole had not been as efficient with his pitches as he was in 2013. Establishing fastball command and early contact are likely at the top of Cole's priority list today.

• The Mets are expected to be without David Wright, who was scratched from the lineup Friday and flown back to New York to have tests on his right shoulder. Wright has posted an anemic .396 slugging percentage this season. In 61 career games, Wright is a .270 hitter against the Pirates with six home runs and 38 RBIs.

The Buzz

Baseball Prospectus estimates it would take a package of Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, Nick Kingham and Jonathan Schwind to acquire Rays ace David Price. That would be a very steep price for Price, who is just a year and a half from free agency.

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