Wakeup call: A CC of optimism for the Yankees

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Wakeup call: A CC of optimism for the Yankees

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, September 27:

BASEBALL
Now that's the CC Sabathia the Yankees are going to need in the postseason. (AP)

The Orioles blasted out of their mini-slump last night. (CSN Baltimore)

You lose seven of eight down the stretch -- and walk 12 guys in that seventh loss -- then you probably don't deserve to be in first place. Right, White Sox? (CSN Chicago)

And they're not. (AP)

Their championship predecessors of the '70s were called The Swingin' A's. These A's can claim the same nickname, though for a different reason . . . but still, they appear bound for the postseason, too. (CSN Bay Area)

Here come the Angels. (AP)

Tim Bogar won't be leaving the Red Sox. Not for Houston, anyway. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Davey Johnson isn't quite ready to commit to returning to the Nationals' dugout next season. (Hardball Talk)

Careful, Theo. Last time you trolled the free-agent waters for starting pitching, you came up with John Lackey. (CSN Chicago)

Well, well. Looks like the other Marlins players didn't take too kindly to Heath Bell's blasting of Ozzie Guillen. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Tom Osborne's calling it quits at Nebraska. (AP)

What is it with these college coaches and the media? (NBC's College Football Talk)

How daunting must your off-field problems be if you're the leading rusher on a winless team and they get rid of you anyway? (College Football Talk)

It appears new commissioner Mike Aresco has gotten the Big East a seat at the postseason playoff table. (AP)

GOLF
The Marked Man of Medinah. (AP) Sounds like a gothic novel, doesn't it?

HOCKEY
Wonder if Todd Bertuzzi's days begin with Sonny and Cher singing, "I got you, babe" . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Apparently there'll be at least some players singing "I got mine, babe" despite the lockout. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Chris Bosh is healthy and very happy these days. (AP)

Sorry, Lakers. Dorell Wright says the Sixers got the real jewel of the offseason. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Youth is being served in Oklahoma City. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Praise the heavens. (AP)

Against all odds, we've found some folks who aren't dancing for joy at the return of the regular refs. (CSN Bay Area)

According to the guy who trained him, the replacement ref who messed up the final call in Monday night's game isn't good enough to officiate in Division I, let alone the NFL. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Who says there are no hearts in Vegas? (AP)

The Cardinals will have to go without Beanie Wells for a while. (AP)

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

Click here for the complete story on CSNChicago.com