Wakeup call: 'Little tear' for Ben; 'Farewell, my dear badminton'

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Wakeup call: 'Little tear' for Ben; 'Farewell, my dear badminton'

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 2:

BASEBALL
Shane Victorino says "Mahalo Philadelphia" with a full-page ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. (CSN Philly)

The trade deadline has come and gone and Matt Garza is still in Chicago. So what now? (CSN Chicago)

Ryan Dempster's catching some heat from Cubs Nation for refusing what seemed like a good deal (for the Cubs) to Atlanta, but Theo Epstein tells the critics to back off. (CSN Chicago)

Bryce Harper has lost that sweet spot at the plate, hitting just .214 in his last 40 games (and .171 since the All-Star break). So now he's just "trying to find some mellowness". (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Now that's how you win a game against your biggest division rival. (AP)

Josh Hamilton is not only slumping offensively, but he's making some cryptic, and disconcerting, comments. (Hardball Talk)

Temper, temper! (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jerry Sandusky, while continuing to maintain his innocence, says through his lawyer that the NCAA sanctions on Penn State are "unjust" and that it's "ridiculous" to think school officials would engage in a cover up. (AP)

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is hospitalized after being attacked by five men near campus early Wednesday morning. (AP)

A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has made the Clemson football team as a walk-on. (NBC's College Football Talk)

OLYMPICS
"Farewell my dear badminton." And with those words -- on Twitter, of course -- Yu Yang, one of the Chinese stars disqualified for throwing a match in an attempt to get an easier opponent later in the tournament, announces her retirement. (NBC)

Boxing referees are under fire in London. (NBC)

PRO FOOTBALL
Uh, Ben? Having "a little torn rotator cuff" is kind of like being "a little pregnant". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

That didn't take long: Discord resurfaces in Jets camp. (AP)

Ed Reed says he wants to stay with the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

The Giants aren't nibbling at Jerry Jones' bait. (AP) Well, maybe they're nibbling a little.

Damn media. A guy can't even say no one trusts the NFL commissioner without it being blown all out proportion these days. Isn't that right, Drew Brees? (Pro Football Talk)

Speaking of the commissioner, he's fine with the replacement refs. (AP)

Look out, Eagles: Asante Samuel will show you. (CSN Philly)

Sunday's Red Sox - Yankees lineups

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Sunday's Red Sox - Yankees lineups

If the rain doesn't prevent it, the Red Sox and Yankees will play the third and final game of their weekend series Sunday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox go into this one having won the first two games and are fresh off an 8-0 win Saturday night with Rick Porcello on the mound. Porcello improved to 5-0 on the season after another strong outing. His fellow Sox pitchers are starting to come around as of late, too.

Red Sox starters have thrown at least 6.0 innings in each of the club’s last 6 games, lowering the starting staff’s ERA nearly a full run from 5.48 to 4.49 in that span.

David Price takes the mound for the Sox. Price leads all major league starters with 13.96 SO/9.0 IP this year, the highest mark for any AL pitcher through April 30 in the Live Ball Era (min. 4 starts).

Here is the full Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

David Price LHP

Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust

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Quotes, notes and stars: Porcello has ability to adjust

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-0 win over the Yankees:

QUOTES:

"He threw all four pitches tonight for strikes, but most importantly, (he's shown) the ability to make adjustments from pitch-to-pitch. If he gets out of whack or misses with a pitch, he's right back in the strike zone.'' - John Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"You look back at the first month and I think we've gained a lot of trust in each other up and down the lineup. That to me is the strongest attribute right now on this team.'' - Farrell on the Red Sox after one month of play.

"Pretty similar. I'm getting a lot of timely hits, and it's helping the team.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr., asked if this last week is similar to the hot streak he enjoyed last August.

"I'm comfortable. I'm in a good place, mentally and physically. I worked really hard to get where I am now and I'm going to continue to work.'' – Bradley on his hot streak.

"Much better fastball command. I've been able to execute my sinker better and that's allowed me to get ahead of hitters and if I do fall behind, I've been able to come back.'' - Porcello on cutting his walk rate by more than half compared to this point a year ago.

NOTES:

* The shutout at Fenway was the first for the Red Sox against the Yankees since May 14, 2011.

* The eight-run margin was the biggest margin in a Red Sox shutout over the Yankees since Sept. 6, 2003 when they won 11-0 in New York.

* The four triples in April for Jackie Bradley Jr. are the most for a Red Sox hitter in that month since Jose Offerman in 1999.

* In his last nine games against the Yankees, Bradley is 14-for-31 (.452) with nine extra-base hits.

* Rick Porcello's 5-0 start to the season is the best run for a Red Sox starter since Josh Beckett was 7-0 in 2007.

* The Yankees have failed to homer in seven games this season; they're 0-7 in those games.

STARS:

1) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley had three extra-base hits (two triples and a double) for eight total bases, and knocked in three runs.

2) Rick Porcello

The Red Sox starter tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two baserunners into scoring position while issuing just one walk.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had a double in the second and a single in the sixth, good for three RBI, a season high for him.