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.
Look forward to your feedback, as always.
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.