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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The weekly chat begins today at 1 p.m. right here on this blog. As soon as you see the post go up, usually around 11 a.m., feel free to submit an entry. No need to wait for me.

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>> Jordy Mercer reached base five times along with a homer and four hits as the Pirates smoked the Padres early this morning at Petco Park. Rob Biertempfel reports from San Diego.

L.A. might have provided the spark, by Biertempfel.

A draft pick swap is nothing new, by Biertempfel.

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

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on

>> The Penguins still don’t have a GM. Rob Rossi is staying on this. Maybe today. Maybe Thursday. We’ll see. The one thing you can pretty much take to the bank is that it won’t be Wednesday. The NHL hates anything distracting from Game 1 of the final.

Columnist Joe Starkey delves into Pierre McGuire’s pluses and minuses.

A richly detailed breakdown of the Penguins’ roster status, by Josh Yohe.

Would the Penguins have had a prayer against the Kings?

Our panel tackled that on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word Sunday night:

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

Here are official game highlights on

>> The football club is back at OTAs this morning. Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page, our Steel Mill blog and our photo gallery.

>> 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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