Wakeup Call: Ichiro wants to come back . . . but not Mo?


Wakeup Call: Ichiro wants to come back . . . but not Mo?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 26:

Ray Ratto says the details the separated victory from defeat for the Giants in their Game 2 win over the Tigers last night "were subtle to the point of undetectable". (CSN Bay Area)

It helps that Bruce Bochy is having a near-perfect postseason. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And speaking of perfect, it was a perfect relay . . . helped by the fact that Prince Fielder was the runner. (CSN Bay Area)

Or maybe it was just perfectly bad baserunning. (Hardball Talk)

The line drive Doug Fister took off the head conjured frightening memories of Brandon McCarthy being hit above the right ear in a game across the bay last month. But not only was Fister okay, he stayed in the game . . . and was dominant. (CSN Bay Area)

Sometimes you just have to give credit to the other guy. (CSN Bay Area)

Remember Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011? He and his family attended Game 2 last night as guests of the Giants. (AP)

Mike Matheny still can't help looking at the Giants and thinking, "That could be us." (AP)

Mariano Rivera -- after vowing "I ain't going down like this" when he suffered his knee injury last spring -- is apparently now pondering retirement. Who can blame him, after watching the Yankees in the postseason? (Hardball Talk)

Ichiro, though, wants to come back to the Bronx. (Hardball Talk)

When CC Sabathia returns next year, it'll be without that bone spur in his left elbow. (AP)

Looking for a 16-game winner? It appears Kyle Loshe will be available. (AP)

Our own Sean McAdam reported that the Orioles' director of pitching development, Rick Peterson, is considered a "longshot" to be named John Farrell's pitching coach. And sure enough, Peterson says the Red Sox haven't contacted him. (CSN Baltimore)

Well, here's good news: The NCAA says graduation rates are improving. (AP)

Except at UConn. (AP)

Geno Auriemma's suggestion that they lower the rims in the women's game has folks talking, that's for sure. (AP)

If you think Kentucky is the team to beat this year, John Calipari thinks you need "to be drug-tested". (AP)

If Manti Te'o really wants to win the Heisman Trophy, he'd better play well Saturday at Oklahoma. (CSN Chicago)

It was a record-breaking night for Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins. (AP)

Tyrann Mathieu's troubles continue -- actually, they mount -- with an arrest for possession of marijuana. (AP)

At last, the owners are beginning to see the cracks they've been waiting for: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle isn't absolving the NHLPA from blame for the current stalemate, saying, "It's supposed to be a negotiation, and I think right now both sides feel like it's their way or the highway." (CSN Bay Area)

In the meantime, the owners are expected to take their offer off the table today. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Since no games mean no pay for them, too, some NHL linesmen are sending out resumes. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The sad saga of Delonte West continues, and this latest episode is shrouded in secrecy. (AP)

Relax, says Kurt Helin. An 0-8 exhibition record isn't any reason to freak out. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Dwight Howard sure isn't. He still thinks going to the Lakers instead of the Nets was "a blessing in disguise", "an unbelievable experience", "a dream come true". (Pro Basketball Talk)

But if you want something to freak out about, Lakers Nation, here it is. (AP)

Anyone see this coming? (AP)

Be proud, Jets fans: Your two quarterbacks are Nos. 1 and 2 in the NFL players' "most overrated" poll. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Nothing overrated about Jets-Dolphins trash talk, though. (AP)

London Fletcher's 231-consecutive-game streak is in doubt, as he visits a doctor about a possible head injury. (CSN Washington)

Another streak in jeopardy: Bart Scott's 119 straight games, because of a hyperextended big toe. (AP)

Tracy Porter -- who suffered seizure-like symptoms like week - is also seeing a doctor, hoping to get clearance to play in the Broncos' game Sunday night against the Saints. (AP)

Saying he's got "nothing but love for ya'all," Asante Samuel jokingly -- we think -- tells Eagles fans that they "better cheer for me" when the Falcons come to Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday "or we're going to have a problem . . . " (CSN Philly)

2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett


2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

The New England Patriots selected N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It sure looks like the Patriots are looking to get support at quarterback incase Tom Brady is suspended.

2016 NFL Draft: Thuney provides versatility to Patriots


2016 NFL Draft: Thuney provides versatility to Patriots

Versatility, versatility, versatility. If you want to be drafted by the Patriots, it usually has to show up somewhere in your scouting report. 

Yes, even if you're an offensive lineman. 

At pick No. 78 overall, which was acquired by the Patriots in a trade with the Saints, coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio grabbed perhaps the most versatile lineman in this class. 

Joe Thuney of North Carolina State measures in at 6-foot-5, 304 pounds and has experience at both guard and tackle. He also served as a backup center for the Wolfpack. 

Thuney is athletic enough (he recorded a 4.95-second 40-yard dash, 110-inch broad jump at this year's combine) to project at really any position along the line as a pro. Many believe he'll be best-suited as a guard or center at the next level due to his size, but he moves well enough to be able to shadow pass-rushers. 

Touted as someone with tremendous "football character," he's one of those players that Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff will appreciate because he loves the game. And to top it off, he's one of the smartest guys in the draft. He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy (also known as the Academic Heisman), and graduated cum laude with a degree in accounting before his junior season. 

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic


First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over New York Yankees...

* David Ortiz still has a flair for the dramatic.

Matched against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, Ortiz cracked a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. Ortiz now has 18 RBI in 23 games -- he didn't start in four of those games - and at 40, remains the one hitter opposing teams want to face with the game on the line.

Before the homer, Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances, with four strikeouts.

* All things considered, Henry Owens did OK.

Owens didn't fool anybody. He couldn't command his fastball, and when the Yankees did hit it, they hit it pretty hard. He walked three and hit another. But Owens managed to limit the damage in a big way, allowing just two hits in six innings despite 10 baserunners.

Occasionally, he would get bailed out by his changeup, which seems to be the lone pitch he has that is better than average by major league standards.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to hit when it counts.

Bradley got the Red Sox offense going with a two-run, two-out double off Masahiro Tanaka, when the Sox were down to their final seven outs.

In the last week along, Bradley hit an extra-inning homer; a solo homer that represented the only run of the game; a ninth-inning triple; and Friday's big two-base hit.

That he has 10 RBI from the bottom of the order suggests he can provide some sock from that spot.

* Matt Barnes continues to make strides.

Since allowing a homer to Kevin Kiermaier on the last homestand, Barnes has allowed just one run in his last four appearances, covering 6 1/3 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .208 batting average (5-for-24).

* The Yankees bullpen gets all the attention, but in relief of Owens, Barnes, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel faced nine hitters and retired them all.