Wakeup call: Beckett can't run from his haters

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Wakeup call: Beckett can't run from his haters

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, September 14:

BASEBALL
Thirteenth straight extra-inning win? Check. First non-losing season since 1997? Check. Stay tied for first place? Check. The Orioles just continue to knock items off their to-do list. (CSN Baltimore)

The A's finally lost. (CSN Bay Area)

So did the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

Thank God pitchers don't bat in the American League, because if this had ever happened when Josh Beckett was in Boston . . . well, suffice to say Michael Felger would have gone on the disabled list with strained vocal cords. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Roy Oswalt continues to demonstrate -- to the Red Sox, especially -- that sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make. (AP)

Marco Scutaro says he's found a home in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The good, the bad and the ugly of Jim Calhoun. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Calhoun's old pal George Blaney isn't following him into retirement. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
For those of you keeping score at home, it's Media 1, Lane Kiffin 0. (NBC's College Football Talk)

I can't say I'd ever heard of Dan Sileo before, but I'll never forget him now. Nor will you after listening to this sports-radio rant for the ages in which, among other things, he advocates pulling a knife on the opposing quarterback. (College Football Talk)

Arkansas may have to try and bounce back from its loss to Louisiana-Monroe without quarterback Tyler Wilson. (AP)

HOCKEY
Cue the violins: Gary Bettman says he feels "terrible" about the lockout he and the NHL owners are about to impose. (CSN Washington)

Not as terrible as Donald Fehr feels about their latest offer. (CSN Washington)

Some of the Sharks plan to head to Europe if -- if? whaddya mean, if? -- the lockout comes to pass. (CSN Bay Area)

Not Bobby Ryan, though. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) And for a rather altruistic reason.

PRO BASKETBALL
Derrick Rose is feeling better. (AP)

And after all that, Dwight Howard won't be ready for the start of training camp. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
You didn't really expect the Packers to lose two straight at home to start the season, did you? (AP)

Remember those heady days before the game, when Jay Cutler was trash-talking the Packers? Four interceptions later, he's subtly turning his wrath on his own teammates. (CSN Chicago)

I thought social media was supposed to lead to more information being shared, not less. (CSN Philly)

Memo to all washed-up wide receivers: No need to go job-hunting in Oakland. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Darrelle Revis says he's out of the "fog" and hopes to play Sunday. (AP)

Just when the Jets thought they were out (of the circus, that is), Tim Tebow -- or at least a New York Daily News columnist -- drags them back in. (Pro Football Talk)

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.