Wakeup call: Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs

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Wakeup call: Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 24:

BASEBALL
The Yankees' winning streak is over at seven, but -- thanks to the Red Sox -- they're still in first place. (AP)

The A's are proud that, after gut-wrenching defeats on Friday and Saturday, they were able to come away with one on Sunday. (CSN Bay Area)

Beware, Oakland: Here come the Angels. (AP)

That's five in a row -- and not a good five in a row -- for the White Sox. (CSN Chicago)

But, thanks to the Twins, they remain on top in the A.L. Central. (AP)

Maybe there'll be a race in the N.L. East yet. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Nationals are no sun-worshipers. (CSN Washington)

Adrian Gonzalez has broken his power slump. (AP)

Good news: Dusty Baker's out of the hospital. (AP)

The last-place Marlins can console themselves with the knowledge that their manager thinks they have nice bodies. (NBC's Off The Bench)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The hits just keep on coming for Billy Gillispie. (AP)

Saint Mary's? Under NCAA investigation? Really? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Torii Hunter's son is headed to Notre Dame. (NBC's College Football Talk) Torii Hunter has a son old enough to go to college . . . ?

Oregon's reward for its 49-0 throttling of Arizona: A No. 2 ranking. (AP)

If you're a reporter, the 'Ol Ball Coach will talk at you. Just not with you. (AP)

GOLF
The winner, and FedEx Cup champion: Brandt Snedeker. (AP)

Yeah, Tiger Woods has lowered the bar a little. But he's still happy to be where is now, compared to where he was a year ago. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
It's not much. But it's something, (AP)

Jim Devellano learned that silence is golden in the NHL. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Just a bad day all around for the replacement refs (NBC's Pro Football Talk) . . . as you know if you watched the Patriots game.

They seem to have the formula down pat in Denver. Too bad it's not a winning formula. (AP)

Not a bad first win for the Raiders, all things considered. (CSN Bay Area)

It looked frightening -- as in, Darryl Stingley-like frightening -- but Darrius Heyward-Bay is in stable condition after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from the Steelers' Ryan Munday. (CSN Bay Area)

The Patriots' loss to the Cardinals isn't looking so bad now, is it? (AP)

Say it Ain't so! (AP)

It's Cortland Finnegan's turn to Cutler-bash. (CSN Chicago) And this after Cutler beat him.

Tough sport, right Matt Schaub? (Pro Football Talk)

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.