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)

Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

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Pedroia leads Red Sox to 11th win in a row, 3-2 over Rays in 10

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortiz's double in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday for their 11th consecutive win.

Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortiz's hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Maile's first tag. Pedroia's momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it, Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.

Pedroia hit a solo homer and Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single for the Red Sox, who secured at least an AL wild-card spot Saturday night. Boston's magic number to clinch the division title dropped to two.

Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander and Heath Hembree combined to strikeout 11 consecutive batters to establish a major league-record. The New York Mets held the previous mark when Tom Seaver struck out 10 in a row against San Diego on Apr. 22, 1970.

Boston also set a club record by striking out 21 through nine. Kelly added two more in the 10th.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. Fernandez played high school baseball in nearby Tampa, Florida after defecting from Cuba.

The Rays planned to honor Ortiz before his final game at Tropicana Field but canceled the ceremony at Ortiz's request after Fernandez's death. He had three hits in five at-bats and moved past Frank Thomas for 107th place on the career list with 2,469 hits.

Ortiz has 35 homers and 90 RBIs at Tropicana Field, which is the most of any visiting player. Alex Rodriguez is next with 30 homers and 73 RBIs.

HONORING BIG PAPI

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and RHP Chris Archer informally presented Ortiz with an oil painting of his 500th home run, which he hit at Tropicana Field last season. Ortiz was also given 34 special handmade Diamond Crown Maximus cigars and $5,000 donations in his name to the Miracle League of St. Petersburg, Florida and the University of South Florida Latino scholarship program.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the final time during a three-game series against New York that starts Tuesday night. "Playing baseball in New York is something that is very special," Ortiz said. LHP David Price (17-8) will start for the Red Sox Tuesday night.

Rays: LHP Drew Smyly (7-11) will face White Sox RHP James Shields (3-11) Monday night in the first of four games in Chicago.

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