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Morning Java: Happy Fourth!

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Happy Fourth of July, Lunatics …

>> There will be no chat this week because of the holiday today. It’ll be back next Thursday.

>> One of those wild days to be Downtown, from the Pirates playing before a packed house at PNC Park to the Riverhounds playing before another packed house at Highmark Stadium — not suggesting they’re equivalent, of course, just noting that both are sold out — as well as all the usual concerts, fireworks, etc.

For the record: Today will mark the Pirates’ ninth crowd in a row of 30,000-plus, if you haven’t been tracking. For the entire six-game homestand, there will not have been more than 6,000 empty seats.

Here’s a look at the Pirates’ growing business.

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>> The Pirates get it done yet again. That’s comeback win No. 23. Bob Cohn reports.

These are the game highlights from MLB.com.

And Jeff Locke gets it done, too, albeit with some labor pains …

If you’ll recall, the Wednesday column recommended caution for the Pirates on the trade front, even in the area of right field. I’ve long been in the minority on this, maybe now more than ever, but I believe in Jose Tabata and was encouraged when Clint Hurdle told me yesterday Tabata will get a ton of playing time.

A bit of what Tabata had to say upon arriving …

Tabata singled through the left side in his first at-bat and went 1 for 4.

>> Spent most of the day at PNC working on a Sunday extra-length column I hope you’ll enjoy even half as much as what I’ve gotten from the interview process.

Before that, I stopped up at Consol for Dan Bylsma’s availability regarding the Penguins’ ongoing wave of re-signing players. Here’s a bit of his session …

After what you see there, I talked one-on-one with Bylsma at length about what the Penguins didn’t do against the Bruins that the Blackhawks evidently did. I’ll have some of that in the Friday notes column.

>> Also on a hockey note, Joe Starkey’s column bids farewell to Tyler Kennedy.

>> Be safe and smart tonight!

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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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