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Morning Java: Now it’s Pittsburgh’s turn

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column looks at the Pirates’ place in the standings and their place in the attendance figures and doesn’t find much correlation.

A couple resources that went into the piece — apart from the team itself — are available online in ESPN’s attendance database and The Sports Network’s daily breakdown.

Look forward to your feedback, as always.

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Gerrit Cole takes the mound tonight against Brewers. For what I think about management’s recent handling of Cole and much, much more on Pittsburgh sports, here’s yesterday’s chat transcript.

The Pirates’ situational hitting must improve, writes Travis Sawchik.

The other first-round draft pick, outfielder Austin Meadows, agreed to terms.

Here’s a video interview of pitching prospect Nick Kingham, by Karen Price in Altoona …

>> Chris Kunitz signs a three-year extension, but the Penguins still have tons of unanswered questions heading into a pivotal few days for the franchise. Not least of which is how much is too much for Kris Letang. Rob Rossi never sleeps.

>> Dan Bylsma will coach Team USA at the Sochi Olympics. What’s the Russian for ‘stretch pass?’

>> Gibsonia’s own Stanley Cup champion, Brandon Saad, celebrates. By Josh Yohe.

>> The NHL Draft is Sunday, of course, and here’s the official page loaded with stuff. It starts at 3 p.m., but don’t rush to the set unless you’re a diehard. The Penguins don’t have a pick until the third round, thanks to the Jarome Iginla and Douglas Murray trades.

>> Speaking of drafts, Pitt’s Steven Adams goes 12th overall to the NBA’s Oklahoma City team. Kevin Gorman reports. Best of luck to this very interesting young man.

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m., then spend most of the weekend at the ballpark working on baseball columns, then appear on WPXI-TV’s The Final Word Sunday at 11:35 p.m.

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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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