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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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
 

• Left fielder Jose Tabata hit his right ankle on second base while stealing in the fifth inning and was replaced by pinch-runner John Bowker. Tabata favored the ankle but had a normal stride walking off the field. The team said only that he had discomfort.

• Pitching coach Ray Searage applauded right-hander Chris Leroux for taking mechanical changes into games and sticking with them even when he was getting into trouble. Now Leroux, 26, who was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, needs to work on getting more consistency with his slider. "The power sinker is there, it's good, and I don't want him to forget about his changeup because his changeup is good," Searage said. "If you get a changeup and a sinker to a left-handed hitter, you can screw up some people. But he just has to get tightened up, and we don't have the innings right now for him."

• The Pirates traded prospect Jim Negrych to the Florida Marlins for catcher Carlos Paulino. Negrych was the Pirates' sixth-round pick in the 2006 draft and the first player from Pitt drafted by the Pirates since Ken Macha in 1972.

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