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)

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

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Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:

QUOTES

* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.

NOTES

* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.

STARS

1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

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First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.