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April 11, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Brewers 4, Pirates 2

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (6-3) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (7-2)

Time: 8:10 p.m.

Site: Miller Park, Milwaukee

TV, Radio: Root Sports, Fox Sports Wisconsin (Milwaukee), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

April 11, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: 87 reasons to applaud

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column celebrates one of the great regular seasons by any athlete in the history of Pittsburgh sports.

And here’s some of my talk with Sidney Crosby:

The Penguins want the D to create some O, by Josh Yohe.

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

Here’s Flyers news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

>> Pedro Alvarez gets big hits. Really big hitsRob Biertempfel reports from Wrigley.

Tony Sanchez was miffed about that play at the plate, by Biertempfel.

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

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s Brewers news from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Because the House of Horrors is up next, and the Crew is coming off a 6-0 road trip.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

>> The weekly chat starts at noon, right here on this blog. You can submit entries as soon as you see the post, but please be sure to put them in the chat field and not the blog comments.

>> I’ll split the coming weekend between the Riverhounds’ home opener and the Penguins’ regular-season closer. Each will get a column. Thank you, as always, for reading.

April 10, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Pirates 5, Cubs 4

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (5-3) vs. Chicago Cubs (3-5)

Time: 2:20 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, MLB Network (national), WGN (Chicago), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

April 9, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: Showing heart

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column both celebrates and cringes at the return of Kris Letang, and it probably splits that right down the middle.

Here’s news coverage on that topic from beat man Rob Rossi.

And here’s stuff from 58 after the game:

Here’s the game story from the shootout victory over the Red Wings, by Rossi. It meant next to nothing and played out exactly that way. Ugh.

Blogginess from the scene: This was an awful game. Deserves close to zero analysis. If it were forced upon me, I suppose it would be relevant to note that Pavel Datsyuk looked like he was getting back to full health. Which depending on your viewpoint can be good or bad, given that he hasn’t risen up much in the Stanley Cup playoffs. In Sochi, he was pretty much all Russia had. … Mike Babcock made a fool of himself in the postgame. And this from a guy renowned for his class, especially on the Olympic stage. Just embarrassing. Click on the game story up there for the details. … The Penguins at least made a somewhat spirited effort to hit Niklas Kronwall. Not a bad idea. He’d certainly return the favor in the first round. … James Neal’s getting there. He is. … Taylor Pyatt? No. There’s no earthly reason to play him ahead of anyone. Ever. … This can’t be stressed strongly enough: Other than grinders trying to find or keep jobs for the playoffs, there’s nothing to be culled from this. … Nice touch by Jeff Jimerson to ask the crowd to sing along with the Anthem, just after the Penguins asked for ‘thoughts and prayers’ for the stabbing victims at Franklin Regional.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog, with much more on tonight’s matchup at Consol with Detroit.

Here’s Red Wings news from the Detroit Free Press.

Here’s Flyers news from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

>> The Pirates hit five solo home runs! And lose! Rob Biertempfel reports from Wrigley.

Starling Marte’s promising patience, by Biertempfel.

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

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> The TribLIVE Radio show yesterday opened with your calls and went on to be about as much fun as I’ve had doing that thing. Here’s that whole segment in glorious, riveting video:

>> Thank you, as always, for reading. I’ll have another Penguins column for Friday’s Trib.

April 9, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On location: Penguins 4, Red Wings 3, SO

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (50-24-5) vs. Detroit Red Wings (37-27-14)

Time: 8:08 p.m.

Site: Consol Energy Center

TV, radio: NBC Sports Network (national), 105.9 the X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here are TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog. Rob Rossi, Josh Yohe and I are covering for the Trib. I’ll have a Thursday column written from here.

April 9, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Cubs 7, Pirates 5

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (5-2) vs. Chicago Cubs (2-5)

Time: 8:05 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, CSN (Chicago), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

April 9, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: Call!

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 2-3 p.m. — will feature you once again. We’ve got all kinds of ground to cover, so I’ll open by taking your calls on any topic. Are the Penguins set for playoffs? Still worried about the Pirates at first base? You name it.

So do it. Call me at 412-320-7925.

Feel free to email sportstalk@tribweb.com if you can’t call. But I’d really rather hear from you.

At 2:30, we’ll be joined by Rob Rossi, the Trib’s hockey beat man.

And at 2:45, we’ll have more wit and wisdom from our @SuckMeter.

To listen, just click on the link up top. If you’re mobile, try the iPhone version of the TribLIVE Radio app, or the Android version. Both are free and ridiculously easy to use.

>> The Pirates brought out the bats to make up for Charlie Morton’s rough night. Rob Biertempfel reports from Wrigley.

Clint Hurdle on Hank Aaron, by Biertempfel.

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

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

Our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word talked about the Jameson Taillon effect on the rest of this season and beyond:

>> Evgeni Malkin is back on iceChris Adamski reports.

Jackets or Wings? Columnist Joe Starkey asks.

Tomas Vokoun to Wilkes-Barre, by Adamski.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog, with much more on tonight’s matchup at Consol with Detroit.

Here’s Red Wings news from the Detroit Free Press.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

>> Five players to watch for the Steelers’ first draft pick, by Alan Robinson.

The NFL seeks workplace respect, by Robinson.

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading. Hope you can check out — and call — the show. After that, I’ll cover Penguins-Wings toward a Thursday column.

April 8, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Pirates 7, Cubs 6

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (4-2) vs. Chicago Cubs (2-4)

Time: 8:05 p.m.

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago

TV, Radio: Root Sports, CSN (Chicago), 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page. And here’s our Bucco Blog with all the pitching matchups, lineups, etc. Rob Biertempfel is on the scene for the Trib.

April 8, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: Let’s talk Ishikawa

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday video is a brief interview I did with Travis Ishikawa, the Pirates’ not-really-but-maybe-the-starting first baseman:

Also this morning, Ishikawa’s swing is Travis Sawchik’s feature.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog, where you’ll find all you need to prepare for the series that opens tonight at Wrigley.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

And here are John Fedko and John Steigerwald getting kind of intense when talking baseball on TribLIVE Radio yesterday:

>> The Penguins still need to christen Consol in some ways. Chris Adamski reports.

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

Here’s Red Wings news from the Detroit Free Press.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

Our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word addressed whether these final few games mean much:

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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