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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …


>> The Thursday column from PNC Park looks at all that ails the Pirates this season and decides that one 22-year-old in the minors can make all the difference all by himself. Or not.

Here’s what Clint Hurdle had to say on that count:

And Mark Melancon:

Wandy Rodriguez is pitching like Matt Morris II, but will that  knock him out? Hurdle sounded one way when he spoke to us before the game, quite another afterward. Rob Biertempfel has the game story.

Revisiting Jameson Taillon vs. Manny Machado, by Travis Sawchik.

Blogginess from the scene: Part of me actually appreciates the Pirates’ approach to the rotation, even though it hasn’t worked out. You have to hope for optimal circumstances. You really do. Wandy becoming Wandy again was optimal. Same goes for Francisco Liriano. But there comes a time to cut and run, and 19-26 sounds about right. Getting dark outside. … Spring training evaluation blown to bits, Part XLVIIIII: Bryan Morris. Seriously, make note of that the next time you read or hear of a guy showing all kinds of extra oomph in Grapefruit ball. Some guys show up with stronger arms than others. The season evens all that out. … Lots and lots of Orioles fans in the place. Which makes you wonder how much smaller the already small crowd might have been had they not shown up. … You might not know this, but they announce in the press box the precise time of a delay for replay review. That is so baseball. … Anyone explain how every team in baseball passed up Vin Mazzaro on waivers? … Starling Marte told me his back trouble doesn’t feel serious to him, but he’s still taking every precaution to keep it under control. Backs can be really bad things. … THE ORIOLES DID A SHIFT LAST NIGHT AND GOT A PLAYER OUT. I THOUGHT ONLY THE PIRATES DID THAT. (Sorry.) … Wonderful to see the 1979 guys. Always. Especially Dave Parker, under these circumstances, and my childhood hero Rennie Stennett. And nothing means anything in that process apart from how happy they are to see each other again and put on the uniform. Champions walk together forever.

Here’s Parker and Stennett, elegantly captured by our Chris Horner

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Orioles news from the Baltimore Sun.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The TribLIVE Radio show yesterday featured calls from Israel, New Mexico, Michigan and just around the corner. Lots and lots of fun. Enjoyed this one.

Here’s the opening segment in living color:

Thanks to special guest Mark Kaboly and all who called!

>> It was not a good day to a Penguins defenseman with a shoulder. Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot both go down to surgery, both with statuses to open next season uncertain.

Stop what you’re doing and check this video of the unbelievable goal Brian Gibbons scored last night for Wilkes-Barre in the Calder Cup playoffs. He’s the centerman on the left taking the draw. Follow no one else. Just him.

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

Here are official game highlights on

>> The NFL lines up for its latest lawsuit, by Kaboly.

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

>> Please see a special message on my Facebook page about the ongoing crushing floods in Serbia, Bosnia and part of Croatia.

>> I’ll be back at PNC Park for more today. 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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