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)

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”