Wakeup call: A busy day looms for Theo

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Wakeup call: A busy day looms for Theo

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, July 31:

BASEBALL
Today's the trade deadline, and it looks like it'll be busy in Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

And Chicago, or at least the north side. (CSN Chicago) But we all know what the trade deadline's like when Theo's around.

Theo's not the only one making moves. The Mariners sent Brandon League to the Dodgers (AP), and the Blue Jays traded Travis Snider to the Pirates. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Don't look now, but the Yankees have lost 8 of their last 11. (AP)

And maybe Mark Teixeira, too. (Hardball Talk)

It was quite the night for Kendrys Morales. (AP)

BASKETBALL
Matt Barnes played for the Lakers last year. Next year he may be the new Rickey Vaughn in the California Penal League. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The exodus has begun from Penn State. (NBC's College Football Talk)

HOCKEY
The best Penguins forward Craig Adams, a member of the NHLPA's negotiating committee, can say about the owners' CBA proposal is "It's their opening bid" and "there's a long a way to go." (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

From Tiger Woods to . . . the Sharks' Douglas Murray? Really, Elin? (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
You just can't take anybody's word these days, can you? (NBC's Off The Bench)

Hope Solo doubled down on her criticism of Brandi Chastain. (NBC)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Titans are shocked at wide receiver O.J. Murdock's apparent suicide. (AP)

Santonio Holmes thinks he was the scapegoat for the Jets' woes last year. (AP)

Or was it Plaxico Burress, who's shocked that he's unemployed? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Looks like Adrian Peterson will be laying off the seafood from here on in. (AP)

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Merloni: 'One good start' could change things for David Price in playoffs

Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni talk all Boston Red Sox postseason and cover David Price's bad postseason pitching, Drew Pomeranz heading to the bullpen, and if the Sox should feel pressure to clinch AL East sooner than later.

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.