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

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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:

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

BASEBALL
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)

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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)

HOCKEY
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.

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

PRO FOOTBALL
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)

Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

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Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

Boston maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL's second wild card. While the Red Sox technically have a magic number of one, the Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles play each other three times in the season's final week - meaning only one of them can win match Boston's 91 wins.

Among the other wild-card contenders, only Detroit can reach 91 victories.

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.