Wakeup Call: Youth will be served as Youk heads to Yankees

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Wakeup Call: Youth will be served as Youk heads to Yankees

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, December 12:

BASEBALL
It's nice that Kevin Youkilis is getting 12 million and all, but a) he's got a lifetime .233 average at the new Yankee Stadium, b) he's been Webster's definition of a hitter on the decline for the last few years, and c) he looks pretty awful without his goatee. Plus he's probably just joined the DamonClemens pantheon of villains hereabouts. On the other hand, he is getting 12 million. And, as someone pointed out on Twitter yesterday, at age 34 he represents a infusion of youth for the Yankees. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Now that Youk walked away from the White Sox, is A.J. Pierzynski next? If he doesn't agree to their terms, he will be. (CSN Chicago)

One 2012 Yankee who won't be around when Youk puts on pinstripes: Andruw Jones, who's taking his .197 average and 14 homers to Japan. (AP)

It isn't the Justin Upton blockbuster we were hearing about last week, but it's still a pretty big trade . . . one which gets Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, old friend Lars Anderson to the Diamondbacks, and Matt Albers reunited with Terry Francona. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And the D'backs landed Brandon McCarthy yesterday, too. (AP)

The Phillies aren't talking about their interest in Josh Hamilton, which usually means interest is there. (CSN Philly)

Hamilton-to-the-Phils might change some minds in Vegas, where the Nationals are the early favorites to make the World Series. (CSN Washington)

Jim Thome says he's not retired, but it might not be his choice. (CSN Philly)

R.A. Dickey says if he and the Mets don't reach a contract agreement before he hits free agency at the end of the 2013 season, he probably won't return to Queens . . . and that, he feels, "would be disappointing". (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The latest assistant to take the reins for a bowl game after the head coach departs for greener pastures: Kent Baer, who'll lead San Jose State in the Military Bowl. (AP)

What's this? Loyalty from a college football coach? Stop the presses! (AP)

GOLF
Everything's a made-for-TV extravaganza these days, even the announcement of the next Ryder Cup captain. But on the 'Today Show'? (AP)

R.I.P. Colleen Walker, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour. (AP)

HOCKEY
When negotiations resume today, the federal mediators will be back. (AP)

Dan Cleary thinks it's Jan. 15 or bust if there's to be an NHL season. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Will the lockout -- or, more specifically, non-support of the union -- pit teammate against teammate when this whole mess is over? The Flyers' Scott Hartnell thinks that might be the case with the Capitals and Roman Hamrlik. (CSN Philly)

The Sharks' Justin Braun suffered a broken hand while playing in Finland, and -- if he doesn't want to be suspended without pay -- he better hope it heals before the lockout ends. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Good thing Arthur Griffiths doesn't own the Canucks anymore, because his fellow owners would be pretty sore about his anti-Bettmananti-Jacobs view of things. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
The hits just keep on coming for the Lakers. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

He may be busy, as Dodger owner, throwing money at every baseball player on the planet, but that hasn't stopped Magic Johnson from offering advice to his reeling former team. (AP)

On the other side of town, things are going swimmingly for the Clippers. (AP)

That KnicksNets rivalry? It's on. (AP)

Even though Andrew Bynum has yet to step on the court -- and God knows when he will -- the Sixers still have the best record of all the teams involved in last summer's megatrade. (CSN Philly)

It's never good when your star player and your owner are feuding. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Only a one-game suspension for throwing your mouthpiece at a referee? You got off easy, Amir Johnson. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
As one team licks its wounds after failing to meet the challenge of playing the Patriots at Gillette . . . (CSN Houston)

. . . another is licking its chops at the chance of knocking off BradyBelichicket al at The Razor. (CSN Bay Area)

Monday's faceplant in Foxboro wasn't the first time Matt Schaub failed to rise to an occasion. (CSN Houston)

Idiots don't look so bad when you're unemployed, eh, Braylon? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Whoa. Olindo Mare is back in the league? (AP)

No matter what happens from here on in, it's unlikely the Bears will part ways with Lovie Smith at season's end. (CSN Chicago)

Rashard Mendenhall's downward spiral continues: He's been suspended by the Steelers for conduct detrimental to the team after a season in which his play's been detrimental to the team. (AP)

The players have been dragging their feet on the implementation of HGH testing, so Congress is stepping in. (AP)

TENNIS
At last, Rafael Nadal is getting back on the court. (AP)

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.