The Pirates have sliced 7 1/2 games off the Cubs' divisional lead since the end of June
Via Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, here are Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes trying out the new protective headgear.
The Royals and free agent righty Ian Kennedy are progressing towards a contract. That story and more is in Friday's hot stove recap.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon would have a lot of value on the trade market right now. Will the Pirates decide to move him?

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