Wakeup Call: Alburquerque's kiss isn't on Reddick's list


Wakeup Call: Alburquerque's kiss isn't on Reddick's list

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 8:

Matt Kenseth wins, 25 cars crash, and complaints resume about restrictor-plate tracks. (AP)

The Orioles had a long wait (in years) to get back to the playoffs, and a long wait (in hours, thanks to the rain) to start Game 1 of the ALDS of the Yankees last night. Unfortunately for them, patience was no virtue. (CSN Baltimore)

But it was for the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

Who was that guy on the mound for the Orioles in the ninth inning last night, and what did he do with Jim Johnson? (CSN Baltimore)

The San Francisco and Oakland postseason scorecard: Two days, two games, zero wins. (CSN Bay Area)

Al Alburquerque's kiss isn't on Josh Reddick's list. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Bronson Arroyo's had his share of postseason memories -- remember Slappy McBluelips? -- but now, after 13 years in the bigs, he finally has a playoff victory under his belt. (Hardball Talk)

The Giants' surprise invitation to have him throw out the first ball had Edgar Renteria in tears. (CSN Bay Area)

If you're looking for a managing job, Colorado's taking resumes. (AP)

Pat Summitt was on hand for the opening of practice at Tennessee. (AP)

Upset Saturday did a number on the AP Top 25. (NBC's College Football Talk)

While over in the USA Today coaches' poll, the Big Ten -- thanks to Ohio State's sanctions -- has been shut out for the first time in history. (College Football Talk)

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly -- you know, the big Red Sox fan -- says quarterback Everett Golson "grew up" Saturday night in Chicago when the Irish routed Miami. (AP)

They take their football serious in Georgia. (AP)

What's this? The word "compromise" has actually been bandied about between the NHL and NHLPA? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Now maybe we can introduce the two sides to the word "urgency". (Pro Hockey Talk)

First the locked-out players headed overseas. Now they're starting to get hurt there. (CSN Philly)

JD's no longer singing the Blues. (AP) Sorry . . . couldn't resist.

Ray Allen scores 10 points with 5 assists in his Miami debut. (AP)

That's one for the books for Drew Brees, and one for the win column for the Saints. (AP)

Quite the emotional day in Indianapolis, as Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne rally the Colts to an upset of the Packers that they dedicate to hospitalized coach Chuck Pagano. (AP)

Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston calls the Kansas City fans' cheering Matt Cassel's head injury "sickening . . . 100 percent sickening." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

RGIII says he's okay. (CSN Washington) Now if only he can get the doctors to agree.

The Patriots' 52 points over the Bills doesn't look quite so impressive anymore. (AP)

Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.