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Wakeup Call: Heading a mile high

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column makes the case that Andrew McCutchen would not be my MVP selection … for now, anyway. He needs to look a lot more like last night than he has for the better part of the past month.

>> Tight as the Pirates were palpably wound before this game, the same couldn’t be said for Brock Holt, a sparkplug in more ways than one.

The question now: Can he bump Clint Barmes when Neil Walker returns?

Before this year, he made more appearances at short (125) than at second (116). Error count means little in the minors (bad fields), but he still never had more than 14 in a season. He’s hardly great there, especially in terms of range.

But man, the bat just has to play right now, right?

>> To anyone doubting Holt’s ability to play shortstop based on the Pirates’ view of his ability, please pause to consider this management team’s history of evaluating shortstops.

If they think he can’t play, he’s probably Ozzie Smith.

>> I’m off to Denver this morning, and I’ll stay there through the Steelers’ opener Sunday night, spending most of my time with the Broncos.

Obviously no shortage of stories to tell from there. Should be fun.

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