Pirates interested in Ben Revere, Jeff Francoeur

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Per beat writer Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Revere has turned things around after a really rough start to the 2015 season and enters play Sunday with a respectable .294/.335/.377 slash line. He also has 21 stolen bases in 26 tries. As noted by Biertempfel, the 27-year-old Revere could operate as a fill-in at leadoff for the Bucs until Josh Harrison returns from a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb and then slide into a pinch-running role down the stretch. The interest in Francoeur is a little harder to understand. He’s batting just .246 with a .688 OPS (89 OPS+).

Pittsburgh currently boasts the second-best record in the National League at 52-35.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.