Wakeup call: It's a Dwightmare for Shaq

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Wakeup call: It's a Dwightmare for Shaq

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 5:

AUTO RACING
Kyle Busch to Toyota: Sorry about that. (AP)

BASEBALL
All of a sudden, D.C.'s a baseball town. Funny how having the best record in the major leagues will do that for you. (CSN Washington)

Bet the Rangers never thought they'd be playing today. (AP)

Theo says the job of rebuilding the Cubs might take a little longer than he thought. (CSN Chicago)

One person who pleasantly surprised Epstein during his first season in Wrigleyville: Alfonso Soriano. (CSN Chicago)

It may have been a mere formality, what with Tito coming to town today and all, but Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed for the Indians' managerial job. (AP)

Minnesota state legislators are pushing the Mayo Clinic to unseal Lou Gehrig's medical records in an attempt to see if there's any link between concussions and ALS. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Not only did the erring reporter apologize publicly for incorrectly linking Robinson Cano to PED use, but he's made a contribution to the Robinson Cano Foundation, as well. Not that any of that stopped Scott Boras from taking a shot. (Hardball Talk)

Looks like the Dodgers are going to let 283 at-bats from Luis Cruz alter their long-term plans at shortstop and third base. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Good news for Roy Williams: His second kidney tumor was also benign. (AP)

Texas Tech finally has its replacement for Billy Gillispie, at least on an interim basis. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
USC sidestepped an upset in Utah Thursday night. (AP)

Charlie Weis wouldn't be a true member of the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree -- or at least a close relative, since he's probably an actual branch of the Bill Parcells Tree -- without disdain for the media. Even student media. (NBC's College Football Talk)

No. 15 TCU has suspended quarterback Casey Pachall after his second brush with the law in eight months, saying he "obviously needs help". (AP)

GOLF
Geez, Paul Lawrie. You think someone yelling, "Top it! Shank it! You're going to lose!" is bad crowd behavior?? Try playing in the Black Hole or the Dawg Pound sometime. (AP)

HOCKEY
Everybody's wailing about the NHL's cancellation of the first two weeks of the season. But nobody's doing anything -- like, you know, negotiating -- to end the lockout. (CSN Chicago)

Donald Fehr says the owners could fix things tomorrow, since a lockout "should be the last resort in bargaining, not the strategy of first resort". Well, welcome to Bettman World, Don. (CSN Washington)

So are we, Dan. So are we. (CSN Bay Area)

Coming soon to an AHL arena near you: Taylor Hall. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Shaq isn't too impressed with the Lakers' new center. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA is sending the Knicks and Pistons to London in January. (AP)

David Stern guesses the NBA Players Association likes acting. Yeah, nothing breeds goodwill between management and labor like arrogance and condescension. (Pro Basketball Talk)

It was only four months ago that -- with the Heat on the verge of playoff elimination in two separate series -- LeBron James was the pariah of basketball. Now Charles Barkely is saying that he can be better than Michael Jordan. (AP)

That Ashley Manning who may join the Grizzles' group of minority owners? She's Peyton's wife. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
There's one less undefeated team in the NFL, thanks to the Rams. (AP)

The victory didn't come without a price for St. Louis: Danny Amendola broke his collarbone. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

So that's who Carol is! (Pro Football Talk)

There hasn't been much for Tim Tebow to do so far in New York, but he and Rex Ryan both say he's not frustrated. (AP)

The Texans, though, think his role is going to get a lot less limited Monday night, and they're planning accordingly. (CSN Houston)

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.