Wakeup call: Does it get any worse than this?


Wakeup call: Does it get any worse than this?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 1:

Quite a day for the Yankees: They rallied from a four-run deficit, stayed tied with the Orioles for first place in the A.L. East, and clinched their 17th postseason berth in 18 years. (AP)

And now they get Mark Teixeira back. (AP)

Quite a day for the Rangers, as well: They not only secured a playoff spot for themselves, but for the Yankees and Orioles, too. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And quite a day for the Orioles (and it had nothing to do with beating the Red Sox, or getting into the postseason for the first time since 1997): They had their charter to Tampa diverted to Jacksonville Sunday night because of a small fire in flight. (CSN Baltimore) It was nothing serious, however, and they were able to reboard the plane for the final leg of their trip.

Magic number time! For the Tigers, it's one (to clinch the A.L. Central) and for the Cardinals, it's two (to clinch an N.L. wild-card spot). (AP)

The A's, meanwhile, are "pumped"; they could clinch a playoff spot on Monday and they could also still win the A.L. West if they sweep Texas. (CSN Bay Area)

The Angels, Rays and Dodgers (thanks to Josh Beckett) still have a playoff pulse . . . but they're weak. (AP)

The White Sox, however, are about to be pronounced dead. (CSN Chicago)

Even so, Robin Ventura says he's coming back. (CSN Chicago)

On the other side of town, Matt Garza sees good things ahead for the Cubs, 100 losses or no 100 losses. (CSN Chicago)

The 3030 Club has a new member. And the youngest one ever, to boot. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

In spite of all that's happened -- and continues to happen -- this year, Tim Lincecum will be in the Giants' postseason rotation somewhere. And he's grateful. (CSN Bay Area)

Way to go, Bill! (CSN Chicago)

Louisville has lost Mike Marra -- again -- for the season. (AP)

It's unanimous: Alabama's still No. 1. (AP)

Does it get any worse than this? Hard to see how, says Randall Mell. (golfchannel.com)

And Tiger certainly didn't help. (golfchannel.com)

Nor did any of the veterans that Davis Love III selected expressly for moments like these. (AP)

In their moment of triumph, the Europeans remembered Seve. (AP)

Nice that they're talking. Be nicer if they were talking about something that might actually end this thing. (AP)

Adam Oates and and the rest of the Capitals' coaching staff have found work during the lockout. (CSN Washington)

LeBron James is downright frightened at how good he thinks the Heat can be. (AP)

File this under "The Rich Get Richer": Mike Miller says he's feeling better and stronger. (AP)

The Wizards are going to have to play the first month or so without John Wall. (AP)

But Chris Paul vows the Clippers won't have to play any games without him. (AP)

Me, I always thought this "icing the kicker" stuff does nothing more than give a professional kicker two shots to make one attempt. That's what Andy Reid did to Lawrence Tynes last night . . . but luckily for Reid and the Eagles, Tynes missed 'em both. (AP)

And speaking of misses, Billy Cundiff's been conjuring memories of Missin' Sisson (remember him?) over the last nine months. Still, he saved the Redskins -- and probably his job -- by kicking the game-winning field goal with seven seconds to play. (CSN Washington)

Still undefeated: The Falcons (AP), Cardinals (AP) and Texans (AP).

Still winless: The Saints . . . (AP)

. . . even though they got plenty of help from the referees. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) But this time the Packers were able to overcome poor officiating.

Peyton's in town next week, and he's coming here on a high note. (AP)

Rex Ryan continues to insist Mark Sanchez is "the answer at quarterback" for the Jets. (Pro Football Talk) Makes you wonder: What's the question?

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down


Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.


* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.


* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.


1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic


First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win: Ortiz has flair for the dramatic

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over New York Yankees...

* David Ortiz still has a flair for the dramatic.

Matched against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, Ortiz cracked a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. Ortiz now has 18 RBI in 23 games -- he didn't start in four of those games - and at 40, remains the one hitter opposing teams want to face with the game on the line.

Before the homer, Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances, with four strikeouts.

* All things considered, Henry Owens did OK.

Owens didn't fool anybody. He couldn't command his fastball, and when the Yankees did hit it, they hit it pretty hard. He walked three and hit another. But Owens managed to limit the damage in a big way, allowing just two hits in six innings despite 10 baserunners.

Occasionally, he would get bailed out by his changeup, which seems to be the lone pitch he has that is better than average by major league standards.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to hit when it counts.

Bradley got the Red Sox offense going with a two-run, two-out double off Masahiro Tanaka, when the Sox were down to their final seven outs.

In the last week along, Bradley hit an extra-inning homer; a solo homer that represented the only run of the game; a ninth-inning triple; and Friday's big two-base hit.

That he has 10 RBI from the bottom of the order suggests he can provide some sock from that spot.

* Matt Barnes continues to make strides.

Since allowing a homer to Kevin Kiermaier on the last homestand, Barnes has allowed just one run in his last four appearances, covering 6 1/3 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .208 batting average (5-for-24).

* The Yankees bullpen gets all the attention, but in relief of Owens, Barnes, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel faced nine hitters and retired them all.