Wakeup call: Breating easier in the Bronx

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Wakeup call: Breating easier in the Bronx

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 17.:

AUTO RACING
The Chase for the Cup is on, and Brad Keselowski has the early lead. (AP)

BASEBALL
The Yankees are breathing a little easier these days. (AP)

Win or lose, Joe Girardi's job is safe (NBC's Hardball Talk) . . . which, if they blow this thing, will please some Yankee fans not at all.

Be careful what you wish for because it may come true. The Phillies, who were salivating over the prospect of four games in Houston, sure found that out this weekend. (CSN Philly)

The Tigers were probably feeling the same way about their weekend in Cleveland. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Remember Nathan Thurm? No? Well, listen to Mike Aresco for a while and it might jog your memory. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No surprises at the top of the AP poll this week. (AP)

It sure sounded scary for Bo Pelini on Saturday, but he was back on the job Sunday. (AP)

HOCKEY
Buckle in. This isn't ending any time soon. (AP)

With that in mind, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar are returning to Mother Russia. (AP)

Gary Bettman and the NHL owners ain't real popular these days, not if Twitter is any indication. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) But at least the Florida Panthers' president is drowning his sorrows with some of that yummy frozen yogurt.

PRO BASKETBALL
Dwight Howard says he learned too late that, in the words of 'ol George Santayana, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
What's that old saying . . . humble in victory, gracious in defeat? Don't know if the 49ers' offensive linemen are the former, but they certainly aren't the latter. (CSN Bay Area)

A wild day in the Meadowlands ended with Eli Manning throwing for 510 yards, a Giant victory, and a postgame dustup between Tom Coughlin and Greg Schiano over the actions of the Tampa Bay defense. (AP)

Hey, we were just doing what the coaches told us to do, shrugged the Bucs' Gerald McCoy. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

This week's blast at the replacement refs comes to you courtesy of Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis. (CSN Baltimore)

Good thing the Eagles and Ravens only play once every four years. Things might get a little nasty if they met more often. (CSN Philly)

After a blip in Buffalo, it's situation normal with the Jets' offense. (AP) Of course, the Steelers may have had a little to do with that.

And, yes, at about the same time Stephen Gostkowski was shanking his kick in Foxboro, Adam Vinatieri was drilling home the game-winner in Indianapolis. (AP)

How many times do we have to tell you: Watch what you put on Facebook! (AP)

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox lose, but 'celebrate anyway'

NEW YORK - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss in New York.

 

QUOTES:

"I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs." - Red Sox principal owner John Henry

"I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We end up being the first place team in the American League, and we're going to celebrate anyway." - David Ortiz, after the Red Sox lose on a walkoff, but clinch the division anyway.

“I’ll still be trying to hit the next four games, but if it just happens to be my last one (homer of his career), it’ll be pretty special." - Mark Teixeira, who's retiring Sunday and hit the walk-off grand slam.

 

NOTES:

* Joe Kelly became the first Red Sox pitcher to allow a walkoff grand slam since Julian Tavarez in 2006.

* Craig Kimbrel failed to record an out -- in 28 pitches -- marking the third time in 410 career appearances that that happened.

* Koji Uehara posted his 14th straight scoreless appearance.

* Brad Ziegler hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 19 appearances.

* Dustin Pedroia has scored five runs and knocked in seven in his last five games.

* Mookie Betts posted his major league-leading 66th multi-hit game.

* Clay Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA in his last seven starts.

* The one hit allowed by Buchholz marks the fewest hits allowed by him in a non-injury-shortened game since his no-hitter in 2007.

* The win marked only the second time the Red Sox have clinched the A.L. East away from home. The other time was in Cleveland in 1998.

 

STARS:

1) Mark Teixeira

The first baseman is going out in style. In the final week of his career, he hit his second game-winning homer of the week, with Wednesday's being a walk-off grand slam.

2) Clay Buchholz

Buchholz was brilliant, allowing three baserunners -- an infield hit and two walks -- in six shutout innings.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts delivered what appeared to be the game's biggest blow -- a two-run chopped double in the eighth to break open a scoreless tie.