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July 9, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Vacation thread: Wednesday, July 9

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

I’m on vacation until July 21 but, because the blog never rests, one of these threads will go up every morning to provide a discussion forum. All the regularly scheduled game threads also will go up, three hours before the start.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s our Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here’s our Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

Here’s our Riverhounds page.

Here’s our Pitt page.

Here’s how to listen to TribLIVE Radio with one click.

Here’s our partner WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word page.

July 8, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (47-42) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (48-42)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, Radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7)

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

July 8, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Vacation thread: Tuesday, July 8

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

I’m on vacation until July 21 but, because the blog never rests, one of these threads will go up every morning to provide a discussion forum. All the regularly scheduled game threads also will go up, three hours before the start.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s our Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here’s our Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

Here’s our Riverhounds page.

Here’s our Pitt page.

Here’s how to listen to TribLIVE Radio with one click.

Here’s our partner WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word page.

July 7, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Cardinals 2, Pirates 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (47-41) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (47-42)

Time: 8:15 p.m.

Site: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

TV, Radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7)

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

July 7, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: All-Star fare-thee-well

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column from PNC Park is about that gentleman up there completing an RBI triple off the center-field fence yesterday, and why there just might not be anybody better. Anywhere.

Andrew McCutchen also was formally announced to the All-Star Game, as were Tony Watson and Josh Harrison. Because, you know, it’s every day that a setup man and utility guy go together.

News coverage of the All-Stars is by Karen Price.

Here’s Cutch taking my question on the national recognition he’s getting:

Here’s Watson on his striking consistency:

And here’s J-Hay on J-Hay:

Neat stuff, all of it, but especially Harrison. You can see his reaction up there and appreciate how much it means. And if you want even more, the Sunday column was J-Hay from front to finish. Hope you have a chance to check it out.

Jeff Locke outdueled good friend A.J. Burnett, as the Pirates just kept on winning. Travis Sawchik reports from PNC Park.

A bad break for Clint Barmes, by Price.

Here’s Phillies news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here’s Cardinals news from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

>> Jim Rutherford loves the short-term deal, by Josh Yohe.

Here’s what our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word had to say about Brandon Sutter’s future.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

>> Pitt basketball soon have an all-local quintet, by Kevin Gorman.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pitt page.

>> This is it for me for a couple weeks. I’m taking two weeks off, and that means everything. No columns, no chats, no TribLIVE Radio shows, no Final Word, no social media, no nothing at all.

It’s mostly about the timing, in addition to being, in all honesty, running somewhat on empty at this point. The Steelers are nowhere to be seen until reporting to Latrobe on July 25. The Penguins’ picture finally has settled a bit. And the Pirates are on the road all this week, followed by the All-Star break next week. Fact is, this is about as dry a spell for a sports columnist as anyone could manufacture.

Game threads and vacation threads will still pop up here, of course.

I’ll be back to full duty July 21.

And no, I’m not going anywhere. At least I don’t think so. When you travel as much as I do on the job, the last thing you’re inclined to plan for a break is more travel. There’s a chance we’ll go up to Erie. Kids like it there. But beyond that, nothing more exotic than Downtown, Starbucks and the standard fare.

Thank you so, so much for reading. The audience for this blog has grown quite a bit in recent months, but I’ll also include followers on social media or plain old readers who just read. It’s never taken for granted, always appreciated.

July 6, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On location: Pirates 6, Phillies 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (46-41) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (37-50)

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7)

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel, Travis Sawchik and I are on the scene for the Trib.

July 5, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Sunday column: More on the J-Hay piece

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

The Sunday column is about Josh Harrison. I hope you have a chance to read this one.

I have many people to thank for above-and-beyond cooperation for this piece, notably Bonita Harrison for the background and the unbelievable photo that accompanies the online column, Brian Cleary for the University of Cincinnati background and Jeff Branson for his help in assessing the current Harrison at the plate.

Here’s a video interview of Branson, the Pirates’ hitting coach, from yesterday:

I’ve also got a related story for you here on the blog, one that really didn’t fit with the column:

Four years ago, the guy researching, ranking and writing the Pirates’ minor-leaguers for Baseball America’s annual Prospect Handbook had hit a wall.

The system’s top 29 prospects were all done, but a 30th and final prospect was needed. And that was always the most challenging choice. That was the one that would cast off everyone else as spare parts or journeymen in the industry’s most-read journal.

Tough call.

But no tougher than the call that researcher guy got one day from  Harrison’s agent, Jonathan Maurer. Maurer wasn’t one of the big shots in the business, so he was more attentive than most at looking after his lesser clients’ needs. And he wanted to do all he could to ensure Harrison’s name made it into this book.

“I’ll tell you this right now,” Maurer spoke into his cell after making an impassioned case. “If you leave him out, you’re going to look pretty dumb when he makes it.”

The researcher guy promised he’d do his diligence. No. 30 was down to Harrison and pitcher Phillip Irwin. So he called Darren Mazeroski, son of Bill and the scout who’d signed Irwin. Younger Maz put in some good words for his pitcher but wasn’t overly convincing.

The next call went to Jeff Banister, the Pirates’ current bench coach but then a roving minor-league instructor.

“It’s got to be Harrison,” Banister said, almost with a sigh. “All he does is prove us wrong. He’ll prove you wrong, too.”

Well, yesterday, the researcher guy approach Banister again, this time in the Pirates’ dugout just after batting practice and asked Banister if he happened to remember this.

‘Sure do,’ Banister came back. ‘And you picked him 30th just to make sure you wouldn’t look stupid.’

That’s right, the researcher guy replied. And from there, it was only the Pirates who could look stupid, he added.

‘Ha!’ Banister exclaimed. ‘Only when we leave him out of the lineup.’

Banny and I shook hands, and I was off to file the column.

The Pirates are five over .500 after flattening the Phillies again. Rob Biertempfel reports from PNC Park.

Gerrit Cole insists he’s fine, by Karen Price.

Tony Watson as All-Star? Biertempfel makes a case.

Top prospect Alen Hanson rebounds from discipline, by Bob Cohn in Altoona.

Here’s Phillies news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

I’ll be back at the ballpark today for a Monday column on the Pirates, then take two weeks of vacation. Thank you, as always, for reading.

July 5, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On location: Pirates 3, Phillies 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (45-41) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (37-49)

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM (93.7)

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Rob Biertempfel and Travis Sawchik are on the scene for the Trib.

July 5, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Join us as part of ‘Subway Final Word’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

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The joint venture between WPXI-TV and Trib Total Media continues Sunday night at 11:35 p.m. — right after the Channel 11 News — with The Subway Final Word.

>> Who’s on the panel: I’ll join Josh Yohe, the Trib’s Penguins beat man, and Travis Sawchik, our Pirates beat man. The host will be WPXI-TV’s Alby Oxenreiter.

>> What we’re talking about: The Pirates’ surge, Penguins’ free agency and more.

>> How to participate: Each week, we also take comments that viewers submit to The Subway Final Word’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

>> Where to watch: In addition to the broadcast on WPXI-TV (811 on Comcast), we have WPXI’s online stream for Pittsburgh’s many out-of-town sports fans.

Here’s last week’s full episode.

Really hope to have you along, not only watching but also joining in!

July 4, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Final: Riverhounds 2, Rhinos 0

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to kickoff …

Match: Riverhounds (2-8-5) vs. Rochester Rhinos (6-5-6)

Time: 7:02 p.m.

Site: Highmark Stadium

TV, radio: YouTube USL Pro Channel

Or you can just watch right here on the blog …

Here’s the official live summary.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Riverhounds page with coverage from beat man Matt Grubba.

 
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