First call: Chris Letang seeks clarity. Veteran coaches want better practice. Gerrit Cole wants better results.


Friday’s “First Call” begins with Penguins defenseman Chris Letang. He wants some clarity about his future. New York Giants coach Joe Judge wants his players to focus more before Monday night’s game against the Steelers. And former Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole wants to avoid a home run.

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Latang update: Many around the Penguins betting business is revolving. Goali Matt Murray, in particular.

But TSN.ca’s Darren Dreger says he is not buying some speculation around defenseman Chris Letang. Nor is Latang’s agent. But the three-time Stanley Cup champion wants some things cleared.

“I’m not sure it’s valid,” Dreger said Wednesday. “I mean, it’s okay to talk about specific players outside of (Sydney) Crosby and maybe (Evgeny) Malkin in Pittsburgh. But I know that Krrish Letang wants to clarify something. His agent is Kent Hughes ( ) Says Chris is not expected to do business. He may be very well traded, but this is not his expectation.

Letang is contracted in Pittsburgh for two more years for $ 7.5 million per season.

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Golden Go?: New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate appears ready to play against the Steelers on Monday night.

He was limited in practice on Thursday. But according to veteran Wire, in practice media observers are confident that it will suit.

Tate injured a hamstring in late August. Coach Joe Judge called it a “day-to-day injury”. This gave some pause to the team covering them. But it is now believed that he will play.

Meanwhile, Marcus Golden missed Thursday’s practice with an illness. So it will be something to track. But it is not considered to be related to Kovid-19.

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Joltin ‘jo: Apparently even the judges were not very happy with how their practice started from Thursday.

This was obviously so distasteful to him that Judge ripped through the players and resumed the entire practice.

Running back Saquon Barclay praised the rigorous coaching.

this Not the first time The judge’s “tough love” has been on display. But the giants seem to support it.

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Cole Condrum: It has not been an easy transition for the Bronx for Jerit Cole.

After an awkward position in Houston, the former Pirates pitcher joined the New York Yankees for $ 33 million for this offshore. And there have been some conflicts of right hand.

Cole has lost his last three decisions and has not won since 14 August. He is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA. However his 70 strikes are the fifth best in Major League Baseball.

On Thursday, David Schoenfeld of ESPN.com posted a story outlining some of Cole’s issues. His inability to keep the biggest ball in the yard seems to be. Cole has scored 13 home runs this season.

Schönfeld separated those numbers.

That The 212 pitch innings rate, which is how much he pitched for Houston in 2019, translated to 53 home runs, ”Schoenfeld wrote. “In that perspective, the only pitcher allowed to score 50 or more home runs in a season was Burt Blyven, who allowed 50 for the twins 1986.

Oh, is that so!

Cole had his scheduled start rain against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. He is about to start one of the two games of today’s doubleheader instead.

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