Wakeup call: Capital achievement for the Nationals

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Wakeup call: Capital achievement for the Nationals

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, September 21:

BASEBALL
For the first time since 1933, there'll be October baseball in the nation's capital. (CSN Washington)

The news caught Bryce Harper by surprise. (CSN Washington)

The Reds are in, too. (AP)

The suddenly surging Yankees have a one-game lead in the A.L. East, thanks to their 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. (AP)

Along the way, Phil Hughes set a little bit of history. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Adrian Beltre took a hammer to the Angels' playoff hopes. (AP)

And things looked so good for the Pirates this year . . . (Hardball Talk)

The A's will be without Brett Anderson for the rest of the regular season. (CSN Bay Area)

It was eight runs in the first inning, seven runs in the ninth, and zero ground made up in the wild-card race for the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Billy Gillispie Saga reached its inevitable conclusion: He resigned. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
It beats losing, but that's about all Boise State can say about its 7-6 win over BYU. (AP)

Chase Rome's "retirement" didn't last very long. (AP)

Guess nobody asked Lane Kiffin an injury question this time. (AP)

GOLF
Tiger Woods had a pretty good answer to the dissing he took this week from Nick Faldo and Greg Norman and Johnny Miller. (AP)

Which is pretty much how Tiger's always responded to insults. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
Even Sidney Crosby's looking overseas these days. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Brooklyn's new arena opens this weekend, which the Associated Press is heralding as "vindication for old fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers." To which I reply: ???

The Suns' Channing Frye is sidelined indefinitely because of an enlarged heart. (AP)

Stephen Curry's ankle has healed and he's been been given medical clearance to rejoin the Warriors. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
At last, the Giants actually looked like Super Bowl champions. (AP)

Bet you didn't know that no coach has ever been ejected from an NFL game. But the league is warning that if the bullying of the replacement referees doesn't stop, that streak's going to end real soon. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Darrelle Revis says he's playing Sunday in Miami, no ifs, ands or buts. (AP)

Mike Holmgren's attempting to kiss and make up with Jim Brown. (AP)

RGIII: The Rams were 'unprofessional' in their game against the Redskins last week. (CSN Washington)

The Rams' Steven Jackson: Grow up, sonny, this is the big time. (Pro Football Talk)

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss another poor outing by Eduardo Rodriguez and what other options the Red Sox have at pitcher.

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 13-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays: 

 

QUOTES

"The bottom line is, he's capable of more, we're capable of more. We need to get better and we had a chance to share that after the game here tonight. We collectively have to get better.'' - John Farrell on Eduardo Rodriguez and the rest of the Red Sox.

"We can't continue to expect our offense to climb out of holes, as we've been. We've got to set the tone and lead the way from the mound more than we are.'' - Farrell on falling behind early.

"Yeah, I think guys are playing hard. I mean, hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning, down seven runs - then went first-to-third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.'' - Dustin Pedroia, asked whether he was satisfied with the effort of the club.

"Do you honestly think I'm going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball. That's basically it. I talk to all my teammates every day.'' - Pedroia, when asked what he said in a mound visit with Rodriguez.

 

NOTES

* The 13 runs allowed by the Red Sox tied a season-high and the 18 hits were the most they've given up this season.

* The Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first innings of their last 15 games.

* The Sox dropped to 4 1/2 games back in the American League East, their biggest deficit of the season.

* On the current road trip, Red Sox starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA.

* Boston has allowed first-inning runs in six of their last eight games.

* David Ortiz collected his 1,703rd RBI, passing Reggie Jackson and moving into 24th place all-time.

* Sandy Leon (two-run homer) has five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats this season. Last year, he had two in 114 at-bats.

* Bryce Brentz had his first three-hit game, first multi-RBI game and first multi-extra-base hit game of his career.

 

STARS

1) Nick Franklin

Franklin, making just his second start of the season, had a career-high five RBI with three hits, including his first homer since last Sept. 15.

2) Logan Forsythe

From the leadoff position, Forsythe banged out three hits, knocked in three runs and scored two to pace the Tampa Bay offense.

3) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a series between these two teams without Longoria doing some major damage. The veteran third baseman had three hits and two runs scored as part of the conga line that was the Rays lineup.