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Morning Java: Call him Bob

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Wednesday column checks in with Bob Nutting about the Pirates’ offseason, why he didn’t push for a first baseman, the payroll, other huge deals around baseball and more.

As an addendum here: I have a line in there comparing Nutting’s accessibility to that of Art Rooney II and Mario Lemieux, and chances are excellent I actually understated it. I see the latter two a lot, say hello, and they’re always cordial. But the specific reference here is to availability to be interviewed, and no one comes within a Wheeling mile of Nutting in that regard. He’s also never, ever balked at a question I’ve asked or responded unprofessionally to my harsher criticisms of his work. Or even the harshest. For all the grief the Pirates’ owner has taken — and still takes — there’s something to be said for that.

Andrew McCutchen wants more, by Karen Price.

Francisco Liriano’s left arm might as well be dangling, by Travis Sawchik.

Here’s my TribLIVE Radio visit yesterday with cyber-Ken Laird and Guy Junker, talking ball …

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

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Penguins didn’t bother to show for the Carolina game. Rob Rossi reports from Consol on one of the most blah efforts of the season, exempting the occasional Sidney Crosby going after Jay Harrison, as our Chaz Palla captures above.

Kris Letang for Masterton, by Rossi.

Dan Bylsma’s many pauses, by Rossi.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here’s Hurricanes news from the Raleigh News & Observer.

Here’s Jets news from the Winnipeg Free Press.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Steelers pick up depth corner Brice McClain, by Alan Robinson.

A makeover for the secondary, by Robinson.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

>> Here’s our WPXI-TV Subway Final Word panel talking about the unionization of college athletes …

>> Thank you, as always, for reading. I’m off to the magnificent city below for 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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