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

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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:

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

BASEBALL
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)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
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)

GOLF
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)

HOCKEY
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)

PRO BASKETBALL
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)

PRO FOOTBALL
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)

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.