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Morning Java: When July influences October

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

NEW YORK — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column from Major League Baseball’s 84th All-Star Game touches on the one term that still doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue: World Series.

Feels weird even typing it.

Anyway, the game itself was a dud, including for the Pirates’ participants, but here are what a couple of the locals had to say afterward, anyway …

These five will have the next couple days off, and the group as a whole will get back together Friday in Cincinnati for the first of 23 games the rest of the way vs. either the Reds or Cardinals. Should be a blast down the stretch.

As for the trade deadline, here were my rather bluntly stated views on TribLIVE Radio yesterday.

>> Sounds like the Penguins found a funny one in top draft pick Tristan Jarry. Josh Yohe is covering the development camp all week.

>> The Riverhounds are taking on Wigan AC of the English Champions League Friday night, as beat man Matt Grubba details. It’s a friendly, but to tell you the Hounds’ people are excited about this match would be massive understatement.

>> RIP to any case anywhere attempting to defend Joe Paterno. Done in by his own words.

And no, I will not add a Penn State football blog tag under this item because this just isn’t about Penn State football anymore. Bill O’Brien, his program and the greater part of the university deserve better.

Hopefully, the few hangers-on will let go now, too.

>> I’m flying back home this morning and otherwise taking the day off. There will be a Friday column, and I’m almost certain it will be about baseball. But I’ve also got plans to see Riverhounds-Wigan, followed by the Penguins’ annual camp scrimmage Saturday afternoon.

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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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