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Morning Java: Clark v. Pujols a positive

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> I’ve got Mondays and Tuesdays off now, so I’ll keep this one briefer than usual. Apologies in advance for that, but there really wasn’t all that much on the sporting agenda, anyway.

>> The Pirates open another large series tonight in St. Louis, where the hot topic hasn’t been the pennant race but rather Jack Clark’s blistering accusations against Albert Pujols and Pujols’ equally blistering response and Clark then getting fired.

Say what you will about their positions and who might be right or wrong. What I take from the case is this: The tide has turned inside the baseball world.

People inside that world who had doubts, criticisms or even outright accusations like Clark’s used to be afraid to speak up. They were the villains in the equation, not the prospective cheater. Now you’re seeing not only Clark but people all across baseball openly rail against these Biogenesis guys and beyond. That’s included a couple Pirates, as well, notably Mark Melancon.

Good for them.

They won’t always be right, and the charges won’t always be fair. But ask me, and I’d rather have the scale tilt toward the skeptical side after we’ve been fooled by so many for so long.

But then, on the other hand, a hard legal result against Clark could have enough of a chilling effect to take us right back where we were.

Anyway, here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Cardinals coverage from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Our cover story today is on the Steelers’ running backs by Alan Robinson.

Which leads me to the question of the day: Who would be your choice for the opener?

Not for the full season or even the bulk of the season. Nothing more than opening series vs. Tennessee.

>> It’s a damned shame this story even had to be written. But good job by Josh Yohe to do it right.

>> Back at it full-bore tomorrow.

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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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