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Wakeup Call: Morton needs Snyder

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> Those of you who participated on our live blog last night saw as I used my Nostradamus-like powers to predict Charlie Morton’s five-run sixth inning just before it happened. Even though he was pitching a shutout to that point. Even though he was striking people out.

The call really wasn’t that impressive, actually. Anyone will be able to tell from now on when Morton is back to his April/May self simply by tracking his sinker. Is it moving? Are hitters one-handing their swings over it? Is he getting ground balls off it?

None of that was going on last night, as columnist Joe Starkey describes this morning in greater detail. Rather, Morton relied on his curve, the same crutch that got him into (really) deep trouble last year.

My advice: Chris Snyder is in that clubhouse now, rehabbing the back. Morton needs to sit down with Snyder and accept a good old-fashioned chewing out, just like the time last year when Morton was put under orders never to shake off Snyder in a game.

>> Speaking of Snyder, I saw him for the first time since the back surgery and — having been his brother in pain in that department once — he and I went over all the details, and he assured me everything was going very smoothly. He does still hope to play this season.

>> I never saw as many media members in the Pirates’ clubhouse or in the manager’s office as I did yesterday, with the exception of the 2006 All-Star Game, when it was used by the National League team.

And no, there was no one there from Bristol, Connecticut.

>> We will have our weekly chat today at noon. You can post entries right away, though.

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