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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.

April 7, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Morning Java: The Sochi Flu

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column is about James Neal. It’s based on an interview we did in Winnipeg late last week, one I’m fairly sure offers the most forthcoming answers he’s offered on all the recent damage done to his reputation.

Call it coincidence or what have you, but Neal and I have had one of these every time the Penguins are in Manitoba. Those guys can be pretty superstitious, so maybe that’s it.

The Penguins beat the Avs without Sidney Crosby and a bunch of other key players clearly being rested, but with Jussi Jokinen finishing a devastating shootout move. Beat man Rob Rossi reports from Denver.

But never mind that. What really mattered was that Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma clearly stepped up preparation for the games that really matter. Unless, of course, you buy that it was all a coincidence that Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik — all of whom were Olympians — were scratched with what the team acknowledged were minor injuries. And this the night after Jussi Jokinen, another Olympian, was scratched in Minnesota.

Call it the Sochi Flu.

I’m not saying the Penguins are lying. There’s no need to lie. Every player at this time of season is playing through some sort of injury. They can be completely truthful in saying upper body or lower body and leaving it at that.

But I am saying that this is not only glaringly obvious but also very much worth applauding. I wrote in the March 27 column that, given all that’s gone wrong in the playoffs for a while, management should consider resting any and all players. Even Crosby. The benefits infinitely outweigh the drawbacks.

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

Here’s Avalanche news from the Denver Post.

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

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

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>> Edinson Volquez renders moot all future spring training fusses, by Travis Sawchik at PNC Park.

He doesn’t, of course. For all we know, Volquez could still wind up one of the National League’s worst starters, as he was last season in San Diego. But I’d say his strong work yesterday — especially in commanding the four-seam, his key to everything — at least diminishes the concept of momentum out of the spring. Or lack thereof.

Jameson Taillon will have Tommy John surgery, by Sawchik.

And that will test the Pirates’ pitching depth, also by Sawchik.

If you missed it, the Sunday column offered an inside look back at how Frank Coonelly fought for his front office in the infamous fall of 2012.

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

Here’s Cardinals news from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including a column you might enjoy from my friend Bernie Miklasz on the Pirates becoming a worthy rival.

Here’s Cubs news from the Chicago Tribune.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

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

>> Our panel on WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word addressed all kinds of lively topics, not least of which was the Penguins’ inconsistent play of late.

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

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

April 6, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Penguins 3, Avalanche 2, SO

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to faceoff …

Game: Penguins (49-24-5) vs. Colorado Avalanche (50-21-6)

Time: 8:08 p.m.

Site: Pepsi Center, Denver

TV, radio: Root Sports, Altitude (Colorado), 105.9 the X

Here’s the official live summary.

Here are TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog. Rob Rossi is covering for the Trib.

April 6, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Pirates 2, Cardinals 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (3-2) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (3-2)

Time: 1:35 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 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, Travis Sawchik and I are on the scene for the Trib.

If you missed it, the Sunday column was about Frank Coonelly’s role a couple years back in making all these front-office extensions possible.

April 6, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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Sunday column: The one who didn’t get extended

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Sunday column on the Pirates’ extensions for Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle looks instead at Frank Coonelly, the man who made the offers.

News coverage of the extensions, by beat man Rob Biertempfel.

Bob Nutting cites stability, by Travis Sawchik.

Videos of all concerned …

Francisco Liriano’s slow start buried the Pirates last night vs. St. Louis, by Biertempfel.

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

Here’s Cardinals news from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> I’ll join Alan Robinson, Chris Adamski and host Alby Oxenreiter on WPXI-TV Subway Final Word tonight at 11:35 p.m., a live edition to account for the Penguins playing in Denver.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

April 5, 2014
by Dejan Kovacevic


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On location: Cardinals 6, Pirates 1

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game: Pirates (3-1) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (2-2)

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Site: PNC Park

TV, Radio: MLB Network (national), 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, Travis Sawchik and I are on the scene for the Trib.

UPDATE 4:16 p.m.: The Pirates have extended the contracts of Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle. Here are some videos I just shot of those two and Frank Coonelly, who made the announcement …

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