Wakeup call: Can anything stop the Orioles?

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Wakeup call: Can anything stop the Orioles?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, September 12:

BASEBALL
Their players keep dropping and they keep on winning. Can anything stop the Orioles? (CSN Baltimore)

The Yankees aren't the only historic franchise in freefall. (AP)

Eleven straight wins on the road (and the latest was a doozy). Twenty-one games over .500. Three games out in the division and in a tie for the wild-card lead. Who are these guys?? (CSN Bay Area)

Forget winning the division. Forget making the playoffs. (Both of those possibilities seemed more than doable not too long ago.) How about just avoiding your 20th straight losing season, Pirates? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

They're loving that extra wild-card berth in Philadelphia right about now. (CSN Philly)

Yes, that's ex-Red Sox farmhand Brandon Moss threatening to become the seventh player in history to hit 20 homers in a season of 250 or fewer at-bats. (Hardball Talk) And the hits just keep on coming . . .

You know you throw hard when you hit 96 on the gun and alarm bells about decreased velocity start sounding. (AP)

Brandon McCarthy has gone home from the hospital. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The strange journey of Billy Gillispie is winding its way to the Mayo Clinic. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The injury bug bites at Oregon. (AP)

And Purdue. (AP)

But it's The Man who's taking out players at Mississippi. (AP)

A coach in Tennessee drops a dime on a Mississippi State freshman defensive back . . . to talk radio. (AP)

Coming Saturday: UConn's first game against former coach Randy Edsall, who left for Maryland without even saying goodbye to his players. Suffice to say, the Huskies haven't forgotten. (AP)

Hey, they're student-athletes, right? (AP)

HOCKEY
Like all of us, Sidney Crosby doesn't want to think about a lockout. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
If Bountygate didn't teach the coaches they need a union, nothing will. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Speaking of which, Roger Goodell and the four players whose suspensions were lifted by an appeals panel are going to have a meeting. (AP)

The game's still a day away, but Jay Cutler's already talking trash against the Packers. (Pro Football Talk)

The Steelers hope James Harrison will be good to go Sunday against the Jets. (AP)

The headline: 'Ravens owner Modell remembered fondly at funeral'. (AP) Odds are pretty strong, then, that nobody from Cleveland was there.

Any hopes of the Patriots appearing on 'Hard Knocks' are probably out the window now. (Pro Football Talk)

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told CSNNE.com “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said CSNNE.com. “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

CHESNUT HILL -- Kyle Schwarber made his triumphant return to the Cubs lineup in the 2016 World Series after missing the regular season with a torn ACL. Only months after the Cubs outfielder tore his ACL, Schwarber’s teammate from Indiana University -- and Red Sox prospect -- Sam Travis suffered the very same injury, missing the end of 2016.

“I actually talked to [Schwarber] quite a bit,” Travis said following the group training session. “He was one step ahead of me at all times . . . He gave me the lowdown, told me that it was like.

“With this kind of injury and the activity we do on a daily basis, it’s going to be something you take care of the rest of your life. Whether it’s treatment or the training room, you’re going to get to 100 percent. But you’re still going to have to take care of it."

Now the first baseman is back on his feet and was even healthy enough to join his teammates in lateral movement drills at the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College.

If you didn’t know any better while watching him, you’d think the injury never happened. And that’s how Travis is approaching it.

“Not at all [worried about it],” Travis told CSNNE.com. “It’s one of those things you kind of pretend it’s just like your normal knee. You don’t do anything different because that may injury something else. You don’t want to try to prevent something from happening because you my pull your hip or something like that.

“You’ve just gotta go about it and trust yourself.”

That’s a great sign for Travis in his climb to joining the big league club. Getting over the physical portion of an injury takes time, but there’s usually a proven system set in place.

The mental side is another animal entirely and varies from player to player.

Luckily for the Red Sox, Travis doesn’t overthink much of anything.

“Nah, I’m a pretty simple guy,” he said.