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What’s Brewing 2.12

Caring for the lawn, Monday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla. - DEJAN KOVACEVIC / DKPS

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Good morning!

Today's reporting day for the Pirates' pitchers and catchers. But wait ... so was yesterday?

For the first time, for reasons no one here can really explain, the team's spread the reporting process over two days, with the first being the day you need to at least tell someone you're on the ground somewhere inside Bradenton city limits, and the second now focused on the daylong physicals performed by the talented doctors at Allegheny Health Network.

Regardless, not much else happens ... other than country music legends coming along to take grounders at third base and bantering back and forth with telling Matt Sunday and me.

Sunday and John Perrotto put up multiple files from Pirate City, but I'm holding off mine until later today. I'd begun gathering string on a column concept after a couple conversations, and that felt solid enough that I'd like to carry it further this morning. It'll be up by the afternoon.

And then ... flying home!

Here's more baseball from us in today's Morning Java:

• The Penguins beat the Flyers in Philadelphia. Chris Bradford had the final leg of the three-game trip, including the latest on Evgeni Malkin's match penalty and Olli Maatta's injury. The team is off today, then resumes play tomorrow against the Oilers at PPG Paints Arena. We'll all be at that one. All our hockey coverage can be found on our team page.

• There will be no Cartoon Canon today or this week. Rob Ullman needed a bit of time. He'll be back next Tuesday.

• If you missed it over the weekend, Site Stuff surveyed where are readers live, including data on our top 10 countries, top 10 cities and more.

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Monday: Dale Lolley
• Tuesday: Chris Bradford, entries
• Wednesday: Hunter Homistek
Thursday: Taylor Haase
• Friday: John Perrotto
Sunday: DK


• Monday: Prospect Watch, by Haase
Tuesday: Cartoon Canon, by Ullman
Wednesday: Stats 'N' At, by Golebiewski
• Thursday: Carter's Classroom, by Carter
• Friday: Friday Insider, by staff
Weekend: Site Stuff, by staff


Sunday and I have been in Florida for hockey and baseball, and John has now met us down here for baseball. Also, Bradford's in Philly:


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