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Monday Wakeup Call: A homestand that leads to … ?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …


>> The Monday column visits the Pirates one final time before a really long road trip. And by the time they come back, the Stanley Cup playoffs will have begun, so this might be the last one in a long while.

Up top is a pic I snapped of the first pitch yesterday, something I do with every sporting event I cover on my Instagram account, as well as Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s video of a couple Qs I had for Neal Huntington yesterday …

And a couple I had for an especially uplifted Jared Hughes after his huge K …

>> Full coverage of the homestand finale from PNC Park by our Rob Biertempfel.

>> I linked to the Sunday column on Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow on here yesterday, and I want to share some terrific material that shared that section: Columnist Joe Starkey visits with Jack Riley, the wonderful 93-year-old patriarch of the original Penguins. … the critical nature of the Steelers’ draft this week, by Alan Robinson … a sabermetric look at Starling Marte’s plate discipline, by David Golebiewski … increasing black presence in Major League Baseball, by Biertempfel.

>> CSI: Ottawa apparently won’t have concluded its investigation into Matt Cooke’s stepping onto Erik Karlsson’s ankle in time for faceoff tonight in Canada’s capital.

The world waits.

>> Don’t forget: If you held tickets for the originally scheduled Penguins-Sabres game Saturday night, those same tickets will work for the makeup tomorrow.

>> Wonderful stuff here on about Miguel Sano getting tossed from a Class A game and Doug Mientkiewicz rushing to his defense.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 to talk, talk, talk with Ken Laird and Guy Junker. My regular radio show is tomorrow, and my special guest will be the Pirates’ Tony Watson.

I’ll also pay a visit today to Steelers HQ for the annual pre-draft news conference with Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. That’s set to start at noon.

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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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