Wakeup Call: Ramirez puts on a show

Wakeup Call: Ramirez puts on a show
October 7, 2013, 9:15 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 7:

AUTO RACING

  • Driving at Kansas Speedway was like "driving on a razor blade," according to Kevin Harvick, and there were enough wrecks to prove it. Harvick, though, survived it all to finish first and close to within 25 points of Matt Kenseth in the Race for the Cup. (AP)

BASEBALL

  • Hanley Ramirez sometimes gets overlooked in the Dodgers' constellation of stars, but none shown brighter last night in the Dodgers' Game 3 romp over the Braves. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • America's Sweethearts: The Pirates. (Yahoo! Sports)

  • America's Walking Wounded: The Cardinals. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

  • When last we saw Marlon Byrd, he was being released by the Red Sox last year. Now here he is, leading the way in Pittsburgh. (Hardball Talk)

  • The A's managed a split of the first two games of their series against the Tigers despite having to face Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Yet in Game 3 they have to face another guy -- Anibal Sanchez -- who's nearly as good. (AP)

  • Joe Torre says they're still working the kinks out of MLB's expanded replay system, but he remains "pretty hopeful" it'll be ready for a 2014 rollout. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

  • Indiana's highly touted freshman class: Long on talent, short on health. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GOLF

HOCKEY

  • Wasn't it just three years ago the Flyers were in the Stanley Cup Finals? Seems like a lifetime, doesn't it? (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL

  • You'd think the Blazers had used up their allotment of bad luck with first-round picks on Greg Oden. But no . . . (CSN Northwest)

  • So far, so good. (CSN Chicago)

  • George Karl hopes he's not done coaching, despite what happened last year in Denver. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL

TENNIS