Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

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Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 27.

BASEBALL
It certainly is a seller's market if Shane Victorino has seven suitors, including the Red Sox. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And why are the Sox in on Russell Martin?? (Hardball Talk)

Looks like Evan Longoria is going to be a career Ray. (AP)

It's official: Old friend DeMarlo Hale's heading to Toronto as bench coach. (AP)

You wouldn't think Rob Deer's all-or-nothing-at-all approach is something Theo Epstein wants for the Cubs . . . but you'd be wrong. (CSN Chicago)

Not a bad haul for four nights' work: The Giants' winning World Series share is 377,003. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
It isn't even December yet, and already we have a big game on tap. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Alabama will have to take on Georgia -- and maybe Notre Dame -- without deep threat Kenny Bell, who has a broken leg. (AP)

Bob Stoops says he's happy at Oklahoma and isn't looking to go anywhere else. In coach-speak, that usually means, "Make me an offer." (AP)

HOCKEY
Forget it, says Todd Bertuzzi. It's over. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Alex Ovechkin is angry that Capitals teammates Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth have gone off the NHLPA reservation, saying the only way the players will get a fair deal is if they stick together. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
In Big Baby World, Jacque Vaughn is Gandhi and Doc Rivers is . . . who? Patton, maybe? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Exciting start to the Brooklyn-New York rivalry, don't you think? (AP)

The Bulls hit rock bottom, blowing a 27-point, third-quarter lead -- to Milwaukee's reserves, no less -- in dropping a 93-92 decision to the Bucks. (CSN Chicago)

The Wizards finally played down to their record last night. (CSN Washington)

Yes, you read it right: That was a 64-24 halftime lead Oklahoma City built over Charlotte en route to a 114-69 pasting of the Bobcats. (AP)

The Rockets will be attending Sasha McHale's funeral as a team on Wednesday. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
It isn't often the Giants' Martellus Bennett gets to tap "into my inner superhero, which I do have". But after Sunday's win over the Packers, he "did the righteous thing" and caught a fan who had tumbled out of the MetLife stands, saving him from serious injury. "Im usually a ninja," Bennett explained, "but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life."  To quote my friend Bill Reynolds: They didn't make two of you, Martellus. (NBC's Off The Bench)

That's seven straight losses -- and counting -- for the Eagles. (AP)

Remember when Jeffrey Lurie said an 8-8 record would probably cost Andy Reid his job? Well, 8-8 is the best the Eagles can do this year . . . but Reid says he and the owner haven't discussed his future. (CSN Philly)

Brent Celek says the Eagles' struggles are probably a source of great amusement to other teams in the league. He knows if he played somewhere else, he'd be laughing. (CSN Philly)

Um, those announcements that Ray Lewis would miss the rest of the season? Never mind. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of the Ravens, they're still talking about fourth-and-29. (CSN Baltimore)

The Texans' exasperation with the NFL's discipline procedure -- sparked when first-time offender Tim Dobbins was relieved of 30,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler that even Cutler said was clean -- resurfaced when it was announced that serial clown Ndamukong Suh wouldn't be suspended and only "might" be fined for his kick at Matt Schaub's boy parts on Thanksgiving. (CSN Houston)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner are in complete denial mode over their reported impending suspensions for PED use. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Eric Wright, on the other hand, fesses up and takes his four games like a man. (AP)

The latest concussed quarterback: Brandon Weeden. (AP)

A Dolphins reserve is charged with allegedly choking a cab driver. (AP)

Ex-BU coach, and former Patriots assistant, Chris Palmer is the sacrificial lamb -- for now -- in Tennessee. (AP)

49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams "regrets to inform y'all I will be out for the season with a torn ACL." Ah, Twitter. (AP)

How much do you think Buffalo Wild Wings would have had to pay for all the free publicity it got Sunday? (Pro Football Talk)

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees:

 

QUOTES:

"I went 0-for-5 today, so I ain't got (anything) to talk about.'' - David Ortiz after turning around and seeing a small army of reporters waiting for him in front of his locker.

"To have a chance to clinch the division for us here (and come up sort), it's not acceptable. If my offense scores me four runs, I feel like I should be able to go out there and win.'' - David Price.

"The bottom line story to this one was (Price) mislocating within the strike zone.'' - John Farrell.

 

NOTES:

* Boston's season-best 11-game win streak was snapped with the loss.

* David Price took his first loss since Aug. 7.

* Price is 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA against the Yankees this season.

* Aaron Hill contributed his first pinch-hit homer in his career.

* Mookie Betts saw his streak of reaching base in 38 straight road games stopped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his third straight multi-hit game.

* For the 20th time this season, Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a three-hit game.

* In his last 12 games, Andrew Benintendi has eight extra-base hits.

* Hill's pinch-hit homer was the third by the Red Sox this month.

 

STARS:

1) Tyler Austin

The rookie first baseman snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a two-run homer and also added two more hits in three at-bats.

2) Gary Sanchez

The first-year catcher continues to amaze, hitting his 20th homer in only his 51st game, sending the Yanks out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.

3) Luis Cessa

Cessa took a big step forward from his last start against the Red Sox by keeping them scoreless through the first five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth.

 

First impressions: Yankees power their way past Price, Red Sox

First impressions: Yankees power their way past Price, Red Sox

NEW YORK -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees.

 

* As the postseason gets closer, David Price needs to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark.

Price gave up three homers Tuesday night -- a two-run shoot to rookie sensation Gary Sanchez in the first; a solo shot to Didi Gregorius in the sixth; and another two-run belt in the seventh to Tyler Austin.

That's six homers in the last three outings and 29 for the season. It's also the sixth time this season that he's given up multiple homers in the same start, with the three on Tuesday representing a season-high.

Prior to this year, Price had never allowed more than 25 homers in a season. Last season, splitting time between the cavernous Comerica Park in Detroit and the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, he yielded just 17.

Worse, twice Tuesday the homers came at inauspicious times. In the sixth, the Sox had just closed to within one at 3-2; in the seventh, the Sox had worked t tie the game at 4-4.

 

* For all of the offensive brilliance shown by Mookie Betts, it's easy to forget how good he's been in right field.

Anyone who plays in the same outfield with Jackie Bradley Jr. runs the risk of having his defensive play overshadowed and that's likely the case with Betts.

He's played a Gold Glove-caliber right field, showing good range and instincts -- especially for someone who never played the outfield professionally until about 2 1/2 years ago.

And while Bradley has the stronger arm, Betts has 14 assists, including one Tuesday night.

That took place on a ball in which Betts was initially fooled. With one on, Chase Headley lined a ball to right that Betts seemed to lose in the lights. He went to his knees, fighting the lights, and managed to reach back to make the catch, sprawling. He then had the presence of mind to set himself and fire a throw to first, doubling up Starlin Castro for a mind-blowing double play.

 

* Expanded rosters make a mockery of the game.

In the eighth inning, Joe Girardi and John Farrell combined to burn through six players for one plate appearance.

Righty Blake Parker was set to face Aaron Hill, but Farrell had lefty Travis Shaw announced. Girardi then countered by bringing in lefty Richard Bleier to face Shaw.

Of course, Farrell countered by having righty Chris Young hit for Shaw. Young reached on a fielder's choice, and because Young can't play third, Farrell had insert Deven Marrero at third in the bottom of the inning.

Four position players and two pitchers in one spot. That couldn't be done in any other month during the season.

So why is it allowed in September?