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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, Aug. 1, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
 

Rookie Chase Anderson has been a worse pitcher at Chase Field (3.79 ERA, .275 BAA, .317 BAbip in seven starts) than on the road (2.67 ERA, .223 BAA, .254 BAbip in five starts) this season. However, the Pirates knocked him around a bit July 2 at PNC Park (three runs in 3 23 IP). Anderson's strikeout rate is decent at any venue (2.83 SO/BB at home, 2.17 SO/BB away). In his past three starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA.

• Neil Walker leads NL second basemen in home runs (16). Since the start of last season, Walker has 32 homers, which ties him with the Mariners' Robinson Cano for second most among big league second basemen. Brian Dozier leads with 37.

The Buzz

It's too bad A.J. Burnett, who's a huge fan of “The Walking Dead” TV series, wasn't traded back to the Pirates. At Saturday's Pirates-Diamondbacks game at Chase Field, the first 20,000 fans will get a zombie bobblehead.

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