Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors


Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 16:

Plan for at least eight more years of NASCAR on FOX. (AP)

Those Big Papi-to-Baltimore whispers? Rich Dubroff says to forget 'em. (CSN Baltimore)

The Giants aren't real happy with Matt Holliday's injury-causing takeout slide on old friend Marco Scutaro. (CSN Bay Area)

Holliday says his slide may have been late -- and he's sorry for that -- but it wasn't dirty. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Bull, responds ex-Giants pitcher and current team announcer Mike Krukow. (CSN Bay Area)

Beware, Cards: Former Giant, and all-the-time intensity machine, Will Clark says there are 'ways to get even'. (CSN Bay Area)

Down 0-2 and still reeling from the loss of Derek Jeter, the Yankees need a break, wouldn't you say? But facing Justin Verlander tonight probably ain't it. (AP)

Joe Girardi left the Yanks for a day to attend his father's funeral. (AP)

Dusty Baker's staying in Cincinnati for at least two more years. (AP)

Despite four exciting matchups, all of which went the full five games, ratings for the Division Series were down 11 percent from last year. (AP)

Sgt. Krzyzewski, reporting for duty. (AP)

Looking for a college championship ring, or an Olympic gold medal? Has Bobby Knight got a deal for you! (AP)

Texas Tech's 49-14 rout of No. 5 West Virginia was especially sweet for the Red Raiders' Cody Davis, who called the Mountaineers "by FAR the cockiest and most selfish team I have ever seen." (NBC's College Football Talk)

And the good news just keeps on coming in Lubbock: Linebacker Daniel Cobb has been cleared of a felony burglary charge. (AP)

Uh, Mack? A few more like last week, and the choice to retire won't be yours. (AP)

Just like it's not John L. Smith's up in Arkansas. (College Football Talk)

And it won't be Dave Christensen's at Wyoming if he continues the "provocative postgame conduct" that got him reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference. (AP)

While you were taking a comfort break and refilling your snack plate at halftime last night, Phil Mickelson was raising 50,000 for charity. (AP)

Like every other aspect of his labor "strategy", it appears Gary Bettman's attempts to divide the players has backfired. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Meanwhile, another set of certain-to-be-productive negotiations are scheduled for today. (AP)

A tip of the hat to Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk, the newest members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP)

For the first time in 55 years, there was a major-league sporting event in Brooklyn Monday night. And the Nets made it a happy occasion for all concerned . . . except maybe the Wizards. And the folks they left behind in New Jersey. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzski is hoping to avoid knee surgery, but he may have no choice. (AP)

The selling of arena naming rights reaches a new low in Sacramento. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Olympic gold medal winner Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx, who plans to wed her longtime partner soon, speaks out against Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (AP)

A tale of two halves: Peyton Manning soared . . . (AP)

. . . and Philip Rivers stumbled as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit for a 35-24 win over the Chargers. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If Ray Lewis' career -- as well as his season -- really is over, he leaves with the respect of his peers. (CSN Baltimore)

Another Texan bites the dust: Tim Jamison is out for the year. (CSN Houston)

Jonathan Vilma's taking his Bountygate grievances to court. (AP)

And in the meantime, he prepares for a possible return to the field. (AP)

Another of the Bountygate principles, Scott Fujita, has bigger worries: He may have a career-ending neck injury. (AP)

If you're not one of the 'Boys, Dez Bryant doesn't care what you think. (Pro Football Talk)

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

Offseason just like any other for Bogaerts

BOSTON -- At first, 2016 seemed like the “Year of Xander.” It turned out to be the “Year of Mookie,” with Bogaerts dropping off a little as the season progressed.

The Red Sox shortstop saw his average peak at .359 on June 12. At that point he’d played in 61 games, hit eight home runs, 20 doubles and knocked in 44 runs. Although Mookie Betts had six more home runs and three more RBI in that same span, Bogaerts had six more doubles and was hitting 69 points higher.

The two were already locks for the All-Star Game and Bogaerts still had the edge in early MVP talk.

Then things took a turn after the very day Bogaerts saw his average peak.

Over the next 61 games, Bogaerts still managed seven homers, but only had six doubles and 27 RBI, watching his average drop to .307 by the end of that stretch. At first glance, .307 doesn’t seem like an issue, but he dropped 52 points after hitting .253 in that span.

And in his remaining 35 games, Bogaerts only hit .248 -- although he did have six homers.

But throughout it all, Bogaerts never seemed fazed by it. With pitchers and catchers reporting in less than a month, Bogaerts still isn’t worried about the peaks and valleys.

“You go through it as a player, the only one’s who don’t go through that are the ones not playing,” Bogaerts told CSNNE.com before the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday. “I just gotta know you’re going to be playing good for sometime, you’re going to be playing bad for sometime.

“Just try to a lot more better times than bad times. It’s just a matter of trusting yourself, trusting your abilities and never doubting yourself. Obviously, you get a lot of doubts when you’re playing bad, but you just be even keeled with whatever situation is presented.”

Bogaerts level head is something often noted by coaches and his teammates, carrying through the days he finds himself lunging left and right for pitches. That’s also carried him through the offseason while maintaining the same preparation from past seasons -- along with putting on some weight.

“I don’t know how much I put on, but I feel strong,” Bogaerts said to CSNNE.com “I mean, I look strong in the mirror.

“Hopefully, I’m in a good position when the season comes because I know I’ll lose [the weight].”