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By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 8/30/13
The Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed the NL Central lead from St. Louis when the Cardinals visited PNC Park one month ago, taking four of five to set the wheels in motion for a run at their first division title since 1992.The next 10 days should determine just how realistic that possibility may be.Now a game behind the Cardinals, the Pirates hope Francisco Liriano can pull them into a first-place tie Friday night as they host St. Louis for the first of critical back-to-back weekend series.Pittsburgh (77-56) went from 1 12 games behind the Cardinals to 1 12 up after that five-game series concluded Aug. 1, but St. Louis (78-55) has won 12 of 17 and is back on top after taking two of three from Cincinnati.Even with Wednesday's 10-0 loss, Carlos Beltran is feeling good about a lineup that leads the NL in runs, on-base percentage and average with runners in scoring position."Right now, with (Matt) Carpenter just having the year that he's having, I'm hitting second and I'm getting on base, Matt...
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