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Friday Wakeup Call: A week of absolutely nothing

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The Friday notes column checks the baseball club’s pulse on its way out of town — yes, it’s got one — as well as offering thoughts on the Penguins, Steelers, Pitt, West Virginia and Duquesne.

Couple glimpses of the breeze whipped up at PNC, as captured by staff photographer Chris Horner …


That was Pedro Alvarez’s horribly untimely hack in the ninth …


And this was Gaby Sanchez

Here is Karen Price’s game story from the scene and, if you really want more on this — and why wouldn’t you? — here’s a video collection of Chicago pitchers taking numbers.

Below, a little of what Andrew McCutchen had to say …

And some from Clint Hurdle, too …

>> The weekly chat came live from PNC Park, and not one person raised the only subject that will matter this weekend: ‘Mad Men’ returns Sunday night.

>> Speaking of that, watching TV and lazing on the couch is the absolute most of what should be expected of me for the coming few days. I’ll be off this weekend and all through the start of next weekend.

Timing seems about right. Both the hockey and baseball teams are hitting the road, we’re still two weeks away from the NFL Draft, and nothing’s happening college-wise. You take it when it’s there.

Be good.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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