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Sunday column: Bats need to get this done

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The Sunday column looks beyond Jeff Locke’s latest dud to what the Pirates must do to reach the finish like a bona fide playoff team. Hint: It’s got nothing to do with pitching, and it’s got everything to do with what you see in the pic below …

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I’d welcome hearing from you, in particular, about the trade suggestion made near the end.

Also in Sunday’s paper from our Pirates coverage team …

>> The game story by our Rob Biertempfel.

>> Is it possible to prevent pitcher injuries? Travis Sawchik digs deep.

>> Jose Tabata does a little extra, by Biertempfel.

>> Why not wear Penguins sweaters again? Biertempfel has a weekly notes package.

>> Stetson Allie hits a wall in high-A, by Jim Brockman of the Bradenton Herald.

>> Locke’s ‘great regression’ is calculated/chronicled on the Bucco Blog by  Sawchik.

>> The daily Pirates photo gallery, by staff photog Chris Horner.

Finally, a reminder that I’ll be part of the panel tonight on WPXI-TV’s ‘The Final Word,’ and we’ll be talking a lot of football with Richie Walsh, Bill Phillips and Biertempfel. The show airs at 11:35 p.m.

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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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