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Wakeup Call: Liftoff in Houston for Part II

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Friday column lists 10 steps the Pirates must take to be successful in the second half. I’m open to your additional suggestions, as well.

By the way, I didn’t number those entries, but my top priority would be the one describe in the Pedro Alvarez item near the end.

>> Trades or not, all kinds of change is coming to the Pirates’ roster very soon, as Rob Biertempfel lays out this morning. That started already with Daniel Moskos getting optioned back last night for a healthy Joe Beimel, and more is around the corner. Even Ross Ohlendorf – remember him? — was finally cleared to begin a rehab stint.

>> This means close to nothing, but I couldn’t help but be amused yesterday at seeing a Michael McKenry player banner hanging outside PNC Park on the Federal Street side. Usually, only the longer-term guys are out there. Just saying.

>> James Harrison apologized. I’ll share my views on that at some other point, but let me just say this today: No, of course he didn’t write it. It’s very rare that the athletes or even team executives write these things from scratch. But that doesn’t change much about the final product. The signee does read what’s there, approve it and, in most cases of which I’ve been told, usually makes changes.

>> Best news for the Penguins all summer. And who’s talking about it?

>> We will have our weekly chat – for real this time — today at noon. My Internet issue was resolved by late afternoon yesterday.

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