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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>>The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest Kris Letang.

There will also be an opening rant on how the NHL’s idiotic playoff scheduling affects the Penguins, a separate stab about something you didn’t know regarding the Pirates’ usage of Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon, a call from Boston from TribLIVE Radio’s own Ken Laird covering the Bruins’ practice up there and, of course, the local Twitter treasure @suckmeter offering the Suck of the Week.

To listen, just click on the link above. It’s free, easy, no signup. One click, and we’re on. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android, we’ve got the upgraded TribLIVE Radio app. Also free and easy and everything else.

I want you involved, too …

Email: sportstalk@tribweb.com

Call: 412-320-7925.

>> Spent the morning over at the Penguins’ practice, where, really, it doesn’t look as much of anything will change going into the Boston series. Same forward lines, defense pairings, everything else. Power plays, too. (Still no Jarome Iginla on the first unit. Insanity.)

Here’s our full news coverage from practice, by Rob Rossi.

And here’s a bit of what the captain had to say afterward …

>> The Pirates battled hard to the end but came up short in Detroit, the start of a stretch in which, remarkably, 21 of 23 games are against teams either in first place or within a game.

On the radio show, I’ll focus on Grilli’s role in the loss yesterday. And he didn’t even pitch.

>> The Steelers resume OTAs for the week this morning on the South Side. Alan Robinson and Mark Kaboly will cover. I hope to make it over there tomorrow. There generally isn’t much news from these things, but they’re great for background knowledge.

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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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