Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

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Wakeup Call: His grandmother isn't a car, so there's no NHL deal

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, December 11:

BASEBALL
Apparently, the Red Sox really like Sandy Rosario. (CSN Bay Area)

No wonder the Tigers shifted Gene Lamont from third base to the dugout. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The new Dodger ownership isn't just spending its money on players. (Hardball Talk)

BOXING
Mitt Romney's classic line -- "Hello, Manny. I ran for president. I lost." -- is being preserved forever in a Taiwanese animation of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
No changes at the top of the AP Top 25 poll, to Indiana's and Duke's delight. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
He's baaaccckk! (AP)

After being rejected by its first choice, Butch Jones, Colorado named San Jose State's Mike MacIntyre as its new coach. (AP)

Even though Marcus Lattimore is still recuperating from a devastating knee injury, sources say he's planning to leave South Carolina and enter the NFL draft. (AP)

Also going pro: Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. (AP)

Oregon State suspends three players arrested in a bar fight over the weekend, and probably won't let any of them play in the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

With Tommy Tuberville headed for Cincinnati, Chris Thomsen will coach Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (AP)

GOLF
More hardware for Rory McIlroy. (AP)

Disney's no longer a magical place for the PGA. (AP)

HOCKEY
The Blackhawks' Jamal Mayers reiterates what a lot of people have been pointing out: The NHL and NHLPA aren't that far from a deal. (CSN Chicago)

But, sniffs professional wet blanket Bill Daly, saying they're close is like saying that "if my grandmother had wheels, she would be a car". Oh. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Manny Malhotra sounds like he'd like to rev up Daly's grandmother and run down Daly, and Gary Bettman, and Jeremy Jacobs, and . . . (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Now that's the Jeremy Lin the Rockets hoped they were getting! (CSN Houston)

Don't worry, Sixers fans; Andrew Bynum's sure he'll play sometime this season. Just can't tell you when, is all. (CSN Philly)

Steve Nash, on the other hand, at least has an idea how long he'll be out: Two more weeks, minimum. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Amir Johnson's going to be sitting for a while, too; the NBA will decide how long. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, I'd say that firing your offensive coordinator with three games to go in the season when you're 9-4 and in the race for a first-round bye is "bucking conventional wisdom". (CSN Baltimore)

It's a risky move, and John Harbaugh owns it. (CSN Baltimore)

Of course, if Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs return this week -- as the Ravens are hoping -- then all this may soon be forgotten. (CSN Baltimore)

The official word on RGIII: A mild strain of the LCL. And, yes, the Redskins are hoping he can play Sunday. (CSN Washington)

The Cowboys are hoping the same thing for Dez Bryant, who has an injury to his left index finger, but they may not be so lucky. (AP)

But Jay Cutler? He's playing. (AP)

Not Fred Jackson; he's done for the year. (AP)

What's the old story of asking the snake why it bit you, and the response being, "Because I'm a snake"? Why is that popping to mind now? (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers and Seahawks have been flexed. (CSN Bay Area)

And on and on and on and on we go . . . (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

An eye-witness to the accident in which the Cowboys' Jerry Brown was killed and teammate Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter says Brent had to be talked into helping Brown, who was calling for help, out of the burning car. (Pro Football Talk)

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.