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Report: Pirates a team emerging in trade talks for Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate to acquire Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, major-league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

The Red Sox are targeting multiple high-end prospects in exchange for Lester. The Pirates have a deep farm system and outfield prospect Josh Bell is one name at the center of the trade talks.

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Report: 5-6 teams showing interest in LaTroy Hawkins
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

After reporting Monday the Pirates were showing interest in Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins, MLB.com reported Tuesday that sources acknowledged 5-6 teams are interested in trading for the 41-year-old reliever.

However, there are two issues complicating a trade for Hawkins. The Rockies are interested in keeping the veteran around because he's been a positive influence on the team's younger players. Also, the Rockies haven't been floored by a deal for a player that is under team control next season.

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'The Thing' could push Pedro Alvarez to the bench
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

"The Thing" has a hold on Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez - and it could cost him his starting job.

"The Thing" in baseball parlance is an inexplicable inability to throw accurately to the point it becomes a mental block. Alvarez has 23 errors this season, more than any player in any position in the major leagues, and 21 have come on throws. He has hidden when the media has come around to ask him about it, according to the Beaver County Times.

Alvarez has apparently allowed the problem to affect his hitting. He has not had a multi-hit game since July 10 and has just five hits in his last 25 at-bats. He has not scored or driven in a run in the last six games as his stat line has been weakened to .238/.326/.407. Despite cutting down a bit on his strikeouts this season, his production has suffered, though he has still managed 15 home runs and 47 RBI.

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Jordy Mercer emerging as option to bat second vs. LHPs
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was slotted second in the batting order Monday against the Giants for the third time this season and second time in three games.

Mercer has become an option to hit second when a left-handed starter is on the hill, as was the case Monday with Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner.

"I think he gives us, against left-handed pitching, probably the best dynamic in that spot right now," manager Clint Hurdle said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "From last season into this season, he’s been one of our better hitters against left-handed pitching. He’s a guy we’ve used to play some small ball with, a guy who’s shown an ability to barrel the ball. He’s leading the team in RBIs against left-handed pitching in probably less at-bats than the other guys had."

Mercer is batting .319 with a .351 on-base percentage, .458 slugging percentage and .809 OPS in 40 games against lefties this season.

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'Still a good chance' Joaquin Benoit gets dealt
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

A major-league source told MLBDailyDish.com that there is "still a good chance" the Padres trade reliever Joaquin Benoit, who has taken over the closer's role since San Diego traded Huston Street to the Angels. The Pirates and Indians could be two teams still interested in acquiring the veteran reliever.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGAndrew McCutchen , CF.309
HRAndrew McCutchen , CF17
RBIAndrew McCutchen , CF63
OBPAndrew McCutchen , CF.410
SLGAndrew McCutchen , CF.540
RAndrew McCutchen , CF60
SBStarling Marte , LF21
WEdinson Volquez , SP8
ERACharlie Morton , SP3.40
WHIPCharlie Morton , SP1.18
KCharlie Morton , SP106
SVMark Melancon , RP19
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