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Pirates sweep 4 from Brewers, now 3 back

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PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates spent a good portion of the first half of the season trying - and failing - to find any sort of traction.

Once they'd figure out one problem, another would pop up. If it wasn't the bullpen, it was the mess left by outfielder Starling Marte's 80-game steroid suspension. Or the back end of the starting rotation. Or the massive funk that baffled star center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Two hot weeks have changed the discussion dramatically.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 J. Altuve, Hou.353
2 J. Segura, Sea.346
3 J. Ramírez, Cle.324
4 C. Correa, Hou.320
5 B. Gamel, Sea.319
6 A. García, CWS.313
7 A. Judge, NYY.312
8 E. Hosmer, KC.312
9 S. Castro, NYY.312
10 D. Pedroia, Bos.310
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NL Batting Average
Rank Name BA
1 J. Turner, LAD.372
2 B. Harper, Was.337
3 D. Murphy, Was.337
4 C. Blackmon, Col.329
5 B. Posey, SF.329
6 R. Zimmerman, Was.323
7 Z. Cozart, Cin.321
8 A. Rendon, Was.318
9 D. Peralta, Ari.318
10 P. Goldschmidt, Ari.315
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