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Morning Java: Pirates vs. Adversity, Round IV

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

WASHINGTON — Morning, Lunatics …

>> Arrived in the nation’s capital in the wee hours this morning, here to cover the final two games of Pirates-Nationals for columns each of the next two days.

Good time for a reminder that my work schedule is changing a little to accommodate football.

>> The Pirates vs. Adversity, Round IV … and the Pirates win again. Rob Biertempfel reports on that, as well as the latest on Jason Grilli’s departure and Neil Walker’s return.

Here’s some of what Clint Hurdle had to say on those topics …

So, why Round IV?

Well, by my count, they’ve had two 1-5 stretches and that one four-game losing streak earlier this month. If you want to lump the latter in with a general 2-9 funk, be my guest. But the bottom line is that this team doesn’t bottom out.

You can ascribe that to mental toughness if you like. I’m sure that’s part of it.

I’ll ascribe it to this.

Plain and simple, the pitching never stops. It just keeps the Pirates in game after game after game.

Here are last night’s official highlights from

>> Here, one final time, is yesterday’s TribLIVE Radio show podcast featuring special guest Jose Angulo of the Riverhounds in studio, as well as video of our talk …

>> Peter Laviolette sharing a bench with Dan Bylsma and Tony Granato. The Flyers and Penguins team up for the national cause. That’s just too good. Josh Yohe has it.

>> Marc-Andre Fleury’s star continues to sink, a Joe Starkey column.

>> Two days until the Steelers report. Alan Robinson lays it all on the offense.

>> Dana Holgorsen says it’s time for West Virginia to ‘go to work’ amid much lower expectations than last season. Kevin Gorman is covering the Big 12 meetings in Dallas.

>> The NCAA snaps back at the Paterno wackos. Yet another demonstration of how counterproductive to Penn State’s advancement these people are.

>> All ball the next couple days …

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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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