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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column from PNC Park touts the Pirates’ middlemen for their decidedly non-middleman role.

Here’s some of what Justin Wilson had to say on that topic …

No one captures baseball like our Chris Horner, and you’re missing out on a sweet slice of all that’s happened this summer if you aren’t checking the Trib’s Pirates galleries regularly.

From one at-bat in yesterday’s 5-4 victory alone …

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Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Marlins coverage from the Miami Herald.

Here are official game highlights from MLB.com.

>> The weekly chat is today at noon, right here on the blog. Come on, come all, bring Doritos.

>> Mike Tomlin sets the stage for what could be a riveting first dozen snaps tomorrow night for the Steelers, as Alan Robinson reports from Latrobe. In particular, Le’Veon Bell is essentially being handed the ball.

Speaking of the Steelers, an addendum to my July 28 column from Latrobe: One of the perils of any kind or article from early in any training camp is that things change quickly. Emmanuel Sanders came into camp being discussed as the team’s designated X receiver to replace Mike Wallace and, as you can see from his quotes in the piece, that’s what he was told upon arrival.

That interview was done the morning before the first practice and two days before the first full practice in pads, after which it became clear that a change was afoot: Antonio Brown was the X receiver, and Sanders the Z. Now, the Z is still a departure for Brown in that it still sends him from the slot to the outside.

Similarly, the two tackles switched sides, Mike Adams ending up at left and Marcus Gilbert at right.

Just wanted to catch up on the Xs and Zs there.

>> The Riverhounds have two more key matches this weekend, including the penultimate home date Sunday. Beat man Matt Grubba describes how they’re back in the playoff picture thanks to the back line.

>> I’ll be all football all weekend. American football on the North Shore tomorrow, obviously, then that other football on the South Shore the next afternoon. Looking forward to both.

>> Oh, and a half-hour before today’s chat, I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

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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