Wakeup call: Beckett can't run from his haters


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:

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)

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)

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)

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.

Derrick Rose is feeling better. (AP)

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

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)

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10


Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.


Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.


Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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