Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a tight race to win the NL West, they would no doubt like to use this week to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild-card chase. The Dodgers have won 12 of their last 14 meetings with the Pirates heading into Monday night's opener of a four-game set at PNC Park. Los Angeles (62-53) is one game behind San Francisco for the division lead. Pittsburgh (64-50) holds the second wild-card spot, with the Dodgers and St. Louis 2 1/2 games back. The Dodgers swept a three-game home set from the Pirates from April 10-12, but they come to Pittsburgh with a different look now that Hanley Ramirez has joined the team. Ramirez, acquired July 25 from Miami, enjoyed a big weekend series in his return to South Beach as he went 6 for 13 with five RBIs to help Los Angeles win two of three. The three-time All-Star has 17 RBIs in 16 games with the Dodgers. "His swing is great and if he just takes his hits, he's going to drive in a ton of runs, but he'...
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