Wakeup call: No loss of Hope; Phils become sellers


Wakeup call: No loss of Hope; Phils become sellers

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, July 30:

The Red Sox may have decided to become buyers at the trade deadline thanks to their successful weekend in New York. The Phillies had a disastrous three days in Atlanta, so it looks like they'll be sellers. (CSN Philly)

If Bob Lobel were still on Channel 4, you'd have heard an awful lot of "Why can't WE get players like that??!?" over the next decade or so. (CSN Chicago)

What do they say about being careful what you wish for, because it might come true? Marty Brennaman should have thought of that. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

If the Mets can't get Kelly Shoppach, they may settle for Geovany Soto. (Hardball Talk)

Not a bad Angels debut for Zack Greinke. (AP) All that was missing was a victory.

One play, three arguments in yesterday's Brewers-Nationals game. (Hardball Talk)

Yes, yes, that's the same Lew Ford who was in the Red Sox farm system in the late '90s. (CSN Baltimore)

Looks like Huston Street is staying put. (AP)

Ditto Chase Headley. (Hardball Talk)

That'll teach John Axford to compare Tim Tebow to Kim Kardashian. (NBC's Off The Bench)

The Timberwolves must be happy that their newest acquisition, Andrei Kirilenko, is "running like a young deer" in the Olympics. (AP) Just beware that's a self-assessment; real deer hunters have yet to be heard from.

Jeremy Shockey takes to Twitter to blast that "no it all Rog goodell" for -- in his opinion -- lying to players about the health effects of concussions. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) If Shockey, who's still a free agent, were a "no it all", he'd no (or know) that publicly wading into the radioactive legal area of concussions is probably going to vaporize any interest any team might have had in him.

Here we go again: Andre Johnson will be out for about a week because of a groin problem. (AP) At least it's not the hamstring (which cost him nine games last season) or the knee (which was operated on in the spring).

When Darrelle Revis sat out practice Sunday, speculation immediately arose that it was related to his contract. But no, he says it's just a "minor" hamstring thing. (AP)

New season, new approach for Ndamukong Suh. (AP)

It's the same old, same old for his coach, however. (Pro Football Talk)

Four more years for Chris Long. (AP)

And so begins the Andrew Luck Era in Indy. (AP)

Bill Belichick isn't the only NFL coach with disdain for the media. (CSN Bay Area)

Goodbye, Columbus: Looks like other NHL players were urging Rick Nash to leave the Blue Jackets. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Magic Johnson weighs in on the never-ending '92-vs.-'12 debate, saying Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and (maybe) Kevin Durant could have made the Dream Team. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) Hey, at least it's not Dwightmare.

Let's hear it for free speech: Hope Solo won't be disciplined for her Twitter rant against Brandi Chastain. (NBC)

New photos show Sandoval has lost weight


New photos show Sandoval has lost weight

The last time a bunch of pictures of Pablo Sandoval made headlines, it was not a good sign for the Red Sox. The latest batch isn’t so bad. 

Sandoval became the story of spring training this season when photos -- specifically a Boston Globe one of him throwing -- revealed he’d gained significant weight. The veteran third baseman was surpassed by Travis Shaw for the starting job and began the season as a bench player. 

After three regular-season games, Sandoval was put on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He was then shut down for the season in May due to shoulder surgery. 

In a tweet and story posted by FC Barcelona, a smiling -- and noticeably thinner -- Sandoval could be seen attending the club’s final training session. 

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.

Red Sox prospect Moncada exits Arizona Fall League with sprained thumb


Red Sox prospect Moncada exits Arizona Fall League with sprained thumb

Top Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada has left the Arizona Fall League because of a sprained left thumb he sustained in a game there last week.

Moncada will not participate in baseball activities for two weeks but the team said in a statement he is expected to be ready for spring training. 

The switch-hitting Moncada, 21, had a slash line of .292/.370/.458, with a homer and three RBI, in six games for Surprise in the AFL.

The Cuban infielder, who signed with the Red Sox in February 2015, was called up in September but didn’t play after Sept. 12 following strikeouts in nine consecutive plate appearances.