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Wakeup Call: Justin Upton? No, thanks

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Monday column looks both at the remarkable scene yesterday and ahead to the second half. Hope you enjoy this one half as much as the one on women’s sports.

>> Once again, Trib photographer Chris Horner nails the moment, the image of A.J. Burnett coming off the field that I try to describe in the column opening …

>> Dear Brian Cashman

Nah, I’m not going there. The letter to Derrek Lee will have to suffice for the summer as far as that writing device goes. But I will share with you video of this Yankees-related question I asked A.J. Burnett yesterday in the PNC Park clubhouse …


For those who don’t know or have forgotten, Cashman’s Yankees are paying $20 million of the $33 million Burnett is due this season and next.

Correspondence to the Yankees should be mailed to: ESPN Plaza, Bristol, CT 06010

>> Justin Upton?

No, thanks. The only times a player like that comes available is when:

A. The team trying to trade him knows something you don’t.

B. The team trying to trade him is looking for two of your three best prospects. At minimum.

C. Both.

Sorry, but I’m not giving up two out of Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Starling Marte. Not for what’s clearly someone else’s midseason migraine.

>> Speaking of those guys, check our Pirates page this morning for much more on trade possibilities, the game yesterday, the Futures, the new rotation, bunch of stuff.

>> Congrats to new papa Josh Yohe, our Penguins beat man. He’s already indoctrinating the lad.

>> My weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio will be at noon today.

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