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Wakeup Call: Trades on other side of water, too?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The Monday column bids farewell to the NHL Draft by also bidding farewell to the NHL, maybe, for a really long time.

>> Now that the Penguins are looking beyond Jordan Staal with an eye toward a breathtaking haul of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, time to turn attention to the Pirates possibly making a trade, as well.

I raised the topic yesterday with Neal Huntington


Other stuff I picked up on the trade front while at the yard: The Pirates were interested in Kevin Youkilis, but he went to the White Sox yesterday. Their interest was never as intense as had been described in a couple national outlets. They’re still talking about Chase Headley and other hitters, and they’re not at all ruling out adding pitching. That’s because they could have to move a major-league starter to get the hitter they want.

>>The Sunday crowd of 35,179 capped the series total at 111, 878, fifth-highest for any three-date series in PNC Park history. But this comes with an asterisk in the positive sense: There was no SkyBlast, no fireworks, no bobbleheads, nothing other than plain old baseball.

Yes, there were a lot of Detroiters, but the Pirates’ fans were the overwhelming majority.

And if anyone else can recall as much optimism in a crowd as what was displayed with the opening of the ninth inning, I’m all ears. There was a genuine sense that the Pirates were actually going to KO Justin Verlander. That’s quite the leap of public faith over what it’s been around here for two decades.

Been writing it for years, usually to scoffs: If the team’s good, the place will be filled more often than not.

>> Asked Josh Harrison if he thought he hit that ball out in the eighth off Verlander, the one caught at the short fence: “Nah, not really. You just never think that when it’s to left in this park. Plus it was too high. Would’ve been nice, though. We battled out there today.”

>> I’ll be on with Tim Benz on 105.9 The X at 9:35 a.m. to discuss my Staal column Saturday.

>> I’ll also make my weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio at noon.

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