Wakeup Call: The devil you say about this 666 business, Tebow!

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Wakeup Call: The devil you say about this 666 business, Tebow!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 12:

AUTO RACING
Concussions aren't limited to the stick-and-ball sports. (AP)

BASEBALL
Whaddya know? The Yankees and Orioles are heading to Game 5. (AP)

If it wasn't for bad luck, this guy would have no luck at all. And somewhere, Kevin Youkilis is smiling. (AP)

Enough already, Joe. Enough. When you sit down to write out tonight's lineup, make it 'Chavez 5' in the batting order and 'Rodriguez' among the reserves. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

You think A-Rod's been bad? Check out Curtis Granderson. (Hardball Talk)

On a (far) more serious -- and sad -- note, Joe Girardi's been managing the Yankees with a heavy heart. (AP)

Alex? Curtis? This is how you come up big in an elimination game. (Hardball Talk)

Forget the loss. Oakland is in love with its baseball team again. (CSN Bay Area)

Want proof? (CSN Bay Area)

Playoff baseball was Werth the wait, wasn't it, Washington? (AP)

If you call the Giants' triumph over the Reds a comeback of Biblical proportions, you just ain't whistlin' Dixie. (CSN Bay Area)

Oh, and Giants? Think about starting The Freak in the NLCS. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Roy Williams plans to coach at North Carolina for another 6 to 10 years. (AP)

Notre Dame has grand plans for its last year in the Big East. (AP)

Syracuse probably does, too, but no one's saying it out loud. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Beano Cook dies at 81. (AP)

It's likely no one was watching, what with the Steelers-Titans on the NFL Network and the baseball playoff games, but that was quite a show by Arizona State last night. Especially in the second half. (AP)

Although his annual pension's still being fought over, Jerry Sandusky will get to keep the 900,000 in payments he's received since his 1999 retirement. (AP)

Defiant to the end, eh, Jerry? (AP)

HOCKEY
No progress in negotiations. No new talks scheduled. Situation normal in Bettman Land. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Also normal: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly's predictable anti-player blather. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Memo to Gary and Bill (and Jeremy Jacobs, widely seen as one of the driving forces behind all this): If your labor strategy was designed to permanently alienate and drive away your fan base, it's working beautifully. (Pro Hockey Talk)

In further proof of the resiliency of the human spirit, Sidney Crosby thinks the season will be salvaged. (AP)

If you live in one of the half-dozen New England cities with an AHL team, it's game on starting tonight. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
LeBron James is good in China, too. (AP)

What's with those gasps of worry from L.A.? Well, it's never good when the center you're building your team around -- even though he says he's completely healthy today -- admits his left leg "just went dead basically" and that he "couldn't do a calf raise" as recently as six months ago. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Kobe to Dwight: Get mean. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Andre Iguodala sure sounds happy to be out of Philadelphia. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Boy, the Titans needed this one. (AP)

The Steelers lost most than just a game. Four of their players went down, too. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Michael Vick owns a what? (CSN Philly)

The block that ended Brian Cushing's season will cost Matt Slauson 10,000. (AP)

More off-field troubles for Ndamukong Suh. (Pro Football Talk)

It's official: Matt Cassel's out Sunday. Happy, Chiefs fans? (AP)

It'll be the 49ers and Jaguars in London next year. (AP)

Wow. Maybe there's something to this 666 business. (NBC's Off The Bench)

TENNIS
That's 300 weeks at No. 1 for Roger Federer. (AP)

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

McAdam: Price not exactly hitting stride with postseason on horizon

NEW YORK -- The division title was there for the taking Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. When you've won 11 straight and steamrolled every other team in the division, what's one more?

One too many, apparently.

The Red Sox' 6-4 defeat to the New York Yankees postponed the Champagne party for at least one night. In and of itself, that's not a huge concern. The Sox' magic number remains one with five games to play and the club's epic hot streak had to come to an end eventually.

A better night by either David -- Ortiz or Price -- might have resulted in corks popping and on-field celebrations.

Ortiz was 0-for-5 and stranded a total of seven baserunners. When he came to the plate in the top of the ninth against Tyler Clippard with two outs and two on, it almost seemed scripted.

Here was Ortiz in his final Yankee Stadium series, about to inflict one final bit of misery on the rival Yankees with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Talk about drama. Talk about one more famous, final scene.

Alas, Ortiz took some feeble swings and swung through strike three for the final out. Not even Ortiz, for all his clutch performances, can conjure a game-winner on-demand every time.

A far bigger concern was the work of Price. Perhaps the best thing than can be said of him for now is that he almost certainly will not have to face the Yankees again this season, against whom he's compiled a gaudy 7.89 ERA this season.

More troubling, though, is that Price is not exactly hitting his stride as the postseason appears on the near horizon. In his last three starts combined, Price has pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed 27 hits and 14 runs.

That isn't the line of someone at peak form at the right time. To the contrary, after a run of outings in which it again appeared Price had figured everything out, he's regressed in his last three.

Most troubling Tuesday was a repeated inability to turn back the Yankees after his team had pulled close on the scoreboard.

Price spotted the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and the Sox finally scored twice in the top of the 6th to close within one at 3-2. But Price quickly gave anther run back in the bottom of the inning.

Then the Sox scored two more times in the seventh to tie things at 4-4. . . but Price gave the two runs right back in the bottom of the inning.

"Very frustrating,'' sighed Price. "It's something I talk about all the time. It's a very big deal. And it's something I feel like I've struggled with this entire year. Whenever you're going good, it's something you're doing very well. And whenever you're going bad...you get a lead, give it right back. . . that's tough.''

It also doesn't portend well for the postseason, where Price, as you may have heard, has a spotty track record.

With some strong starts in the final few weeks, he could have reached the playoffs with both momentum and confidence.

Instead, he's got one more start -- Sunday -- to straighten things out.

Ortiz? His postseason bona fides are set.

Price, meanwhile, has no such reservoir of success upon which to draw. And starts like Tuesday's only reinforce the doubts.

 

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

Quotes, notes and stars: Ortiz goes 0-for-5 in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-4 loss to the Yankees:

 

QUOTES:

"I went 0-for-5 today, so I ain't got (anything) to talk about.'' - David Ortiz after turning around and seeing a small army of reporters waiting for him in front of his locker.

"To have a chance to clinch the division for us here (and come up sort), it's not acceptable. If my offense scores me four runs, I feel like I should be able to go out there and win.'' - David Price.

"The bottom line story to this one was (Price) mislocating within the strike zone.'' - John Farrell.

 

NOTES:

* Boston's season-best 11-game win streak was snapped with the loss.

* David Price took his first loss since Aug. 7.

* Price is 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA against the Yankees this season.

* Aaron Hill contributed his first pinch-hit homer in his career.

* Mookie Betts saw his streak of reaching base in 38 straight road games stopped.

* Dustin Pedroia posted his third straight multi-hit game.

* For the 20th time this season, Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a three-hit game.

* In his last 12 games, Andrew Benintendi has eight extra-base hits.

* Hill's pinch-hit homer was the third by the Red Sox this month.

 

STARS:

1) Tyler Austin

The rookie first baseman snapped a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a two-run homer and also added two more hits in three at-bats.

2) Gary Sanchez

The first-year catcher continues to amaze, hitting his 20th homer in only his 51st game, sending the Yanks out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.

3) Luis Cessa

Cessa took a big step forward from his last start against the Red Sox by keeping them scoreless through the first five innings before allowing two runs in the sixth.