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Morning Java: Now that’s how to spend an off-day

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The weekly chat will begin at noon, but you can submit entries into the field as soon as you see it appear here. Usually happens around 9 a.m.

>> The Pirates played a really long one to finally beat the A’s. And by finally, I’m talking 12:49 a.m., way after most folks were sound asleep. Karen Price stayed awake.

If memory serves, Starling Marte told you the Pirates would win, right?

And someone else advised giving Jose Tabata a chance, right?

Well, Tabata is now 11 for 26 with four doubles, a triple and three walks since Clint Hurdle tasked him with taking the right field job for his own.

Juuuuuuuuuuuust checking.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Announcer Greg Brown is profiled elegantly by columnist Joe Starkey.

>> The Pirates worked an hour already today, and they’ll be out on the Fox Chapel links this morning for the annual Pirates Charities Golf Classic. Here’s hoping attendance is something less than mandatory.

>> The Penguins’ signing of Matt D’Agostini puts the checking lines into focus. Rob Rossi reports.

>> Look forward to hearing from you in the chat!

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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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