Wakeup call: Day of triumph for the A's, Nats . . . and Teddy

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Wakeup call: Day of triumph for the A's, Nats . . . and Teddy

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 4:

BASEBALL
Oakland A's, 2012 A.L. West Champions. Man, if you'd ever laid money on that last February . . . (CSN Bay Area)

How about if you laid money on the Nationals having the best record in baseball? (CSN Washington)

Maybe so, but count Jimmy Rollins among the unimpressed. (CSN Philly)

Will Oriole Magic continue now that the postseason is here? (CSN Baltimore)

It kind of sputtered out at the end there, didn't it? (AP)

Way to go, Teddy! (CSN Washington)

And way to go, Miggy! (AP)

You've still got a lot to learn about the way things are in Chicago, Youk. (CSN Chicago)

The memories flooded back after the Astros played their last game in the National League. (CSN Houston)

Sad news amidst Oakland's joy: The newborn son of A's reliever Pat Neshek died 23 hours after his birth. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
In an affidavit submitted in Debby Jennings' sex and age discrimination suit against the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt says she initially felt she was being forced to step down as Lady Vols' coach by athletic director Dave Hart after she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. She said Hart told her that she'd misinterpreted his comments. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Whoa, Nick. Comments like this will get you kicked off the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Georgia will have to play its Southeastern Conference showdown against South Carolina without top receiver Michael Bennett, who's out for the year because of a knee injury. (AP)

Eight remains great for the ACC. (AP)

Wait a minute. Penn State was actually thinking about raising ticket prices?? (AP)

HOCKEY
No talks, but plenty of rhetoric, in the NHL labor tussle. (AP)

And they were so worked up about this season in Minnesota . . . (AP)

You know it's bad when the bookies are giving even odds that there'll be no Winter Classic. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Ilya Kovalchuk says the lockout can last forever as far as he's concerned. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Those damn Russians. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Ray Allen gets a warm welcome in Miami. (AP) The welcome isn't quite as warm for two women in Celtics jerseys.

Pre-order your Bill Walton autobiography before it's too late. (AP)

Rasheed Wallace is the Knicks' headache now. (AP)

This is it for Adam Morrison: Either he makes the Blazers, or he quits. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Grizzles' vice-president of basketball operations, Dana Davis, was found dead in his apartment at age 56. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Mario Williams says he's not a bust; he's hurt. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Teammate Kyle Williams is 15,000 lighter for a hit he made on Tom Brady Sunday, and he wants to know why. (AP)

Where Carlos Rogers sees lack of effort, Rex Ryan sees fatigue. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

One person Rex won't be seeing for the rest of the year: Santonio Holmes. (AP)

Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt will be allowed to attend the Saints' game Sunday night to watch Drew Brees try and set the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. (AP)

Spat with Jay Cutler? What spat with Jay Cutler? Maybe you had a spat with Jay Cutler, but I didn't have a spat with Jay Cutler. (Pro Football Talk)

Maurice Jones-Drew, now he's having a spat with Jay Cutler. (Pro Football Talk)

Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

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Carrabis: Not impressed by anyone else in A.L. East

Mike Felger grills Jared Carrabis on if he thinks the Boston Red Sox lead in the division will last the season and also why David Price has struggled so far this season.

Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

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Quotes, notes and stars: Farrell sticks with Price

BOSTON – Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over the Yankees:

 

QUOTES

“I was talking to Chili Davis before he got to the mound, so I was trying to get a fastball.” - Christian Vazquez said on his game plan against Dellin Betances before he hit his go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh.

“He was still in good shape in terms of the number of pitches thrown. It didn’t seem like his stuff was backing up . . . I thought he was still strong . . . We knew what Alex had done in the previous couple of at-bats, but I just went out to check with him.” - John Farrell on his decision to leave David Price in the seventh to face Alex Rodriguez after he’d hit a home run and double in consecutive at-bats.

“I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy that [had] hit the ball well against me twice . . . For them to stick with me today I really appreciate it.” - Price on Farrell leaving him in against Rodriguez in the seventh.

“He’d started me off with first pitch breaking ball both times. I was having a hard time picking it up all day. So I thought, let’s see if he does it again – and he threw it again.” - Travis Shaw on his two-run home run off Nathan Eovaldi in the fifth inning.

 

NOTES

* Of Travis Shaw’s 16 career home runs, seven have been on the first pitch. All three of his home runs against the Yankees have either tied the game or given Boston the lead.

* Both of Christian Vazquez’s career home runs have been two-run, tie-breaking shots at Fenway, with the other one coming in September of 2014.

* With his single to the left side in his second at-bat, Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends his hitting streak to eight games.

* Boston has stolen 22 bases in 24 attempts. The 2016 group is only the second Red Sox team in the last 20 years to steal as many as 22 bases in the first 25 games (2013 being the other team).

* Nathan Eovaldi notched three strikeouts, snapping his 6+ strikeout streak at eight games. He was tied with Rick Porcello for the longest active streak.

 

STARS

1) Christian Vazquez

His second career home run gave Boston the lead and insurance it needed.

2) Travis Shaw

After striking out twice against New York’s starter, Travis Shaw hit a no-doubt two-run homer to tie the game at 6-6.

3) Alex Rodriguez

After missing out on an RBI opportunity in his first at-bat, the Yankees’ DH took advantage of two big mistakes by David Price, blasting a homer and a double, knocking in three runs in the process.