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17: Number of times, in 19 seasons of division play, that the NL Central leader on Sept. 1 went on to claim the division title.

"He's definitely an upgrade for us. We're having a great year and definitely want to keep that going. It's just about winning right now. Yeah, obviously it changes things for me a little bit. When I do get a chance to play, I'll keep doing what I can to help the team." -- Garrett Jones, on the Pirates' acquisition of Justin Morneau, who will reduce Jones' playing time at first base

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