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Wakeup Call: Jagr’s poker face

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> Jaromir Jagr always was a gambling guy, and I’m betting this is his last go-round at the wheel in trying to solidify his legacy.

For reasons that had to be 100 percent monetary, he took his talents to South Siberia for the past few years, but now that he’s knocking on the door of several NHL teams — including the Penguins, news broken by our Rob Rossi yesterday — it’s pretty clear what he wants to do: Remind everyone one last time of his greatness.

Few things in hockey history have been more entertaining than a motivated Jagr.

>> Two words that do not belong in any Penguins/Jagr debate right now: Alexei Kovalev. They have almost nothing in common.

>> That thud you heard over at PNC at around 8 p.m. yesterday was the mass evacuation of Charlie Morton’s bandwagon.

This will be a mistake. Morton got away from his sinker in the past 3-4 starts, and he’s going to have it pounded into him before his next start that the curve has to go. Morton can lapse into lobbing up a bunch of soft stuff on occasion. In this case, that’s costing him the consistent delivery of that sinker.

The beauty of being a good sinkerballer is that’s all you need.

>> Neal Huntington makes mistakes, and it would appear he has added at least another in the $5 million category in Lyle Overbay. But, as I wrote in my first Trib column last week, Huntington is quick to address those mistakes.

So it is that Overbay has gone to the bench in favor of Garrett Jones.

It might not resuscitate any offense that has been on a respirator since spring training, but it’s still the right thing to do.

>> Stetson Allie, the Pirates’ $2.5 million second-rounder, debuted at State College, and our Jerry DiPaola was there. Huntington told me Sunday in Cleveland that Allie’s velocity readings won’t mean much for a while. They want him to slow down and throw strikes.

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