Wakeup Call: Don't expect a TheoYouk reunion

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Wakeup Call: Don't expect a TheoYouk reunion

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, November 8:

BASEBALL
Don't look for a TheoYouk reunion. (CSN Chicago)

It was, indeed, medical concerns that prompted the Cubs to back out of their trade for subsequent free agent Dan Haren. (CSN Chicago)

Not many high school coaches get hired as major league managers, but Walt Weiss broke the mold. (AP)

The Phillies, like the Red Sox, are looking for outfielders, and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is "intrigued" by what he's seeing in the trade market. (CSN Philly)

One outfielder who's not going anywhere: Hunter Pence. (CSN Bay Area)

The guys who cover the team aren't buying the reports that the Orioles are in the mix for Josh Hamilton. (CSN Baltimore)

As for Hamilton's old team, the Rangers say they can't tell whether he'll return to them or not. (AP)

Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal will sit out the first 50 games of next season after testing positive for excessive testosterone. (AP)

MLB is looking to expand its use of video reviews, which ought to make Joe Girardi happy. (AP)

It's also looking into a cap liner for pitchers, to protect them against line drives to the head. (AP)

And to a change in the rule allowing teams to expand their rosters to 40 after Sept. 1. (AP)

Mark McGwire says the opportunity "to live at home and work at home" is what led him to leave the Cardinals and become the Dodgers' hitting coach. (AP)

Everything's a TV extravaganza these days. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The NCAA is accepting Texas Tech's self-imposed penalties in the Billy Gillispie fiasco. (AP)

Just like old times for Oklahoma: The Sooners played an exhibition game in McCasland Field House, their home from 1928 to 1975. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
R.I.P., Darrell Royal. (AP)

The job at Kentucky hadn't even been open for a day when Bobby Petrino started sniffing around. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Since the USC defense couldn't stop Oregon, the team manager tried to take it upon himself . . . but he got caught. (AP)

HOCKEY
Bobby Ryan is the latest to warn that the NHL can't afford to lose the season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If you get traded to the Canucks, don't ask to wear No. 10. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
LeBron James is happy that his two swing states -- Ohio and Florida -- pushed President Obama over the top in Tuesday's election, though how much his support helped Obama in Ohio is, ah, questionable. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers are now 1-4 after last night's loss at Utah . . . (AP)

. . . and it's time to start getting concerned . . . if you're a Laker fan, that is. Me, I'm loving every minute of it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Even so, Mike Brown's job is safe. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Indiana may be without Danny Granger for the next three months. (AP)

Somehow, I just can't envision Larry Bird in a Google Hangout were it available back in the day. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
Rex Ryan is delighted to beat Bill Belichick at something. (AP)

Like the Giants, the Dolphins are donating 500,000 to New York's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. (AP)

Jimmy Johnson's pushing back, and strongly, at what he's calling a bit -- okay, a load -- of revisionist history from Jerry Jones. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

For whatever struggles RGIII and the Redskins are going through, they've had a good influence on Pete Carroll and the Seahawks. (Pro Football Talk)

That'll teach the Chargers' equipment guy not to jump when a referee snaps his fingers. (AP)

Brady Quinn admits he was so anxious to prove himself after three years on the bench that he tried to play through a concussion . . . to his (and the Chiefs') detriment. (AP)

You can understand fans claiming everything bad in Raider Nation is PalmersFault . . . but an ex-player? And an ordained minister, to boot? (CSN Bay Area)

SOCCER
The MLS passed on a chance to hold its own Snow Bowl last night. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

First impressions: Red Sox get to Yankees bullpen

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First impressions: Red Sox get to Yankees bullpen

First Impressions from the Red Sox' 8-7 victory over the Yankees.

 

All of a sudden, David Price is having issues at Fenway.

When the Sox signed Price last December, they cited his past

success in their home ballpark (1.95 ERA) as evidence that he could thrive here. But six starts into his Red Sox career, his three worst starts have come here. He's pitched 22 2/3 innings and allowed 21 earned runs.

Even stranger is that so much damage was done by Alex Rodriguez, who previously had compiled a .237 career average against Price with just one homer in 57 at-bats.

 

It's highly unusual for John Farrell to go to the mound and not take the starting pitcher out.

But that's what happened in the top of the seventh. David Price was in the mid-90s with his pitch count and Rodriguez -- who had homered and doubled off Price in his previous two at-bats -- was due. It seemed obvious that Price was coming out of the game.

Instead, Price was left in and grounded out to second to end the inning. It says something about Farrell's trust in Price - or Price's powers of persuasion -- that the lefty stayed in the game.

 

Credit Travis Shaw with making some in-game adjustments.

In his first two at-bats against New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, Shaw struck out twice. Both times, Eovaldi started him off with a curve ball.

But when Eovaldi tried it again in the fifth, Shaw hammered the pitch deep into the right field seats for a two-run homer.

 

The Red Sox bullpen far outshone that of the Yankees in this series.

In the three games just played, Boston relievers tossed seven shutout innings in the series, while Yankees' righthander Dellin Betances twice yielded two-run homers to cost the Yanks both games.

 

Dustin Pedroia insists he's not focusing on hitting the ball the other way, but the results suggest otherwise.

Pedroia banged out three singles Sunday night and all three were hit to right. On the current homestand, Pedroia has a total of eight hits; five were hit to right field.

 

Funeral for ex-Patriot Ron Brace scheduled for Monday

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Funeral for ex-Patriot Ron Brace scheduled for Monday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Former New England Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace is being laid to rest in his home town.

A celebration of his life will be held at St. John's Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Monday morning followed by a noontime funeral service. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Brace died at his family's home April 24. He was 29.

Police say his death was not suspicious and appears to be have been caused by a medical condition.

Brace grew up in Springfield and attended Burncoat High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. After a standout career at Boston College, he was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 draft and played four years with the team.

He is survived by his parents and six siblings.

Farrell on Sox rotation: 'We've got to get Clay going'

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Farrell on Sox rotation: 'We've got to get Clay going'

BOSTON - Maybe it wasn't a warning shot, but more of an idle observation. Maybe it wasn't a challenge at all.

But what John Farrell had to say Sunday afternoon about Clay Buchholz was, if nothing else, noteworthy.

In assessing his team's play in the just-completed first month of the season, Farrell noted that the starting rotation, after a particularly rough beginning, had stabilized of late.

With one exception, that is.

"We've got to get Clay going, particularly," Farrell said. "He's an important part of our rotation, an important part of this team. We've got to get him on track." Buchholz is winless in his five starts, with an 0-3 mark and an inflated ERA of 6.51. He's given up a minimum of five earned runs in each start and has yet to pitch through the seventh inning.

Farrell noted that the issue has been less about quality of stuff and more about his aggressiveness - or lack thereof.

"There are times,'' Farrell said, "when we've seen Clay execute pitches with, I think, a greater conviction to the pitch. There are other times where maybe he's pitched away from contact a little bit too much and not attacked the strike zone. To me, there comes an attitude on the mound that's got to be prevailing."

The Sox aren't far from welcoming back to starters. Eduardo Rodriguez, who tweaked his knee in early March, is set to make his second rehab start for Pawtucket Tuesday and could conceivably return five days after that. At most, Rodriguez will be ready with one more additional outing.

Next up is Joe Kelly, who is on the DL with a shoulder impingement. Kelly has thrown some bullpen sessions and could begin a rehab assignment later in the week.

That will lead to the Sox making some tough decisions in the coming weeks. It had been widely assumed that knuckleballer Steven Wright would be he most vulnerable starter, but Wright is 2-2 with a 1.37 ERA in four outings.

Asked to assess where the Sox within the context of the division, Farrell said: "We're probably searching to shore up areas that are in need, and that first starts with making the necessary adjustments with the guys that are on our roster now. Not that we're going to make wholesale changes. Like I said, we've got to get Clay going. That's a big improvement that we could make."