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Sunday column: A new Pirates generation

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column surveys several sides of a new generation for baseball in Pittsburgh, on and off the PNC Park diamond.

The column is but one small slice of the Trib’s 12-page 2014 Baseball Preview section that hits newsstands this morning. Really hope you have a chance to check this out in print. We’re pretty happy with it as a whole.

Bryan Morris isn’t the only one bringing more heat than ever. It’s become a baseball-wide phenomenon, per this analysis by Travis Sawchik in Philadelphia.

Gerrit Cole’s secondary pitch might be a primary weapon for the Pirates this summer, by Rob Biertempfel.

The roster is finished, and it doesn’t include Vin Mazzaro, by Sawchik.

Season-ticket sales rise 40 percent, by Sawchik.

Opening-day plans include Barry Bonds and Jim Leyland, by Sawchik.

An exhaustive review of all 2014 predictions related to the Pirates, by Sawchik.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> I’ll be part of the panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word tonight, with a special live edition at 11:35 because of the Penguins-Blackhawks game preceding it. I’ll be joined by Biertempfel, 105.9 the X host Mark Madden and WPXI’s Bill Phillips.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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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