Wakeup call: Derek Lowe, Yankee; Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire

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Wakeup call: Derek Lowe, Yankee; Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, August 14:

BASEBALL
That decision to pass on Derek Lowe isn't looking so hot now, Ben. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

On the other hand, trading Anibal Sanchez way back when wasn't such a bad idea. (Hardball Talk)

The Rays have won seven in a row, 10 of their last 12, and are taking charge of the wild-card race. (AP)

Craig Calcaterra finds it "mind-boggling" that the Nationals, adhering to a strict innings limit, plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the playoffs. (Hardball Talk) That makes all of us, Craig.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
And the hits just keep on coming: Penn State now has accreditation problems as a result of the Sandusky scandal. (AP)

Those responsible for putting Julius Peppers' transcript on a University of North Carolina Web site, take one step forward. (AP)

A UCLA linebacker is giving up football because of concussions. (AP)

GOLF
The Rory McIlroyTiger Woods comparisons have begun. (AP)

Yeah, your missing the cut at the PGA was all their fault, Lee. (AP)

HOCKEY
From the Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do playbook: Crying poverty in labor talks in the same year you get a raise. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) Well played, Bettman.

No wonder Alex Ovechkin is worried about a lockout. (CSN Washington)

Whether we get one or not may become clearer today, when the NHLPA makes its counteroffer. (AP)

Gear up, Bruins Nation: You'll be seeing Max Pacioretty in the bleu, blanc and rouge for at least six more years. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Turns out the Magic could have gotten Andrew Iguodala and Andrew Bynum in the Dwight Howard trade, but that would have messed with their we-want-to-suck strategy. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire elder. Sounds about right. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Justin Tuck's had just about enough of this "the-Giants-didn't-win-it-we-lost-it" talk coming out of Green Bay and San Francisco. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Go figure: Joe Philbin didn't think Chad Johnson and the Dolphins were a good fit. (AP)

The news isn't all bad in New Orleans. The Saints were cleared by the state police and the FBI in their potential Spygate scandal. (AP)

Hey, Rex: We know you're going to run the wildcat with Tebow. No need for the Cone of Silence routine. (AP)

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.