Wakeup call: Magic in Baltimore, melee in Washington


Wakeup call: Magic in Baltimore, melee in Washington

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, September 7:

Attention, skeptics (and I'm at the head of that list): It's looking more and more like the Orioles are for real. (AP)

The magic is back -- in the stands as well as on the field -- at Camden Yards. (CSN Baltimore)

These Orioles are so exciting they've even got Cal Ripken interested again. (CSN Baltimore)

Mark Teixeira doesn't look like the cavalry, but he could be coming to the Yankees' rescue. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Cubs-National brawl from the Chicago point of view. (CSN Chicago) Boiled-down version: Stop rubbing it in.

The Cubs-National brawl from the D.C. point of view. (CSN Washington) Boiled-down version: Stop crying, Sally.

They're having a hard time in Cubs Nation trying to figure out how the Red Sox passed up Dale Sveum for Bobby Valentine. (CSN Chicago)

Jered Weaver's tendinitis will force him to miss a start tonight against Detroit. (AP)

It turns out Brandon McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture when he was hit by the line drive Wednesday. (CSN Bay Area)

Attention, Billy Gillispie: It's never a good sign when your A.D. says he's "very concerned" about how you run your program. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Wait . . . I was sure I heard Ron from Vegas tell Felger & Mazz yesterday that Pitt was a good bet against Cincinnati. (AP)

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods seemed to get a kick out of their mano-a-mano showdown in the first round of the BMW Championship. (golfchannel.com)

At last, ultimate recognition for the Maple Leafs. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

If it's any consolation, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr won't get paid during the lockout, either. (Pro Hockey Talk) It's not? Well, I didn't think it would be.

Sister joins brother in the Hall of Fame tonight. (AP)

Bountygate will rear its ugly head again today, when Judge Helen G. Berrigan issues her ruling on the NFLPA's motion to lift the suspensions of the Saints' players. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) Not that it will have any affect on this weekend, since the players -- who haven't practiced at all -- are unlikely to suit up Sunday even if they're reinstated.

Adrian Peterson says he's ready to go. (AP) We'll find out soon if the Vikings agree.

I just have a hard time getting my arms around Peyton Manning as a gang symbol. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Whaddya know. There's at least one guy in the NFL that Tim Tebow can "rattle". (Pro Football Talk) Too bad he's on the same team.

Yes, those were gasps of worry you heard yesterday afternoon from Houston. (Pro Football Talk)

The Lambeau Leap isn't all fun and games. (Pro Football Talk)

NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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NLCS: Cubs tie series with 10-2 romp over Dodgers


NLCS: Cubs tie series with 10-2 romp over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES - After striking out in his first two at-bats, Anthony Rizzo was seeking a slump buster. He found one in teammate Matt Szczur's bat.

Using the borrowed lumber, Rizzo homered and ended a postseason skid with three RBIs. The rest of the Chicago Cubs' hitters broke out equally as big in routing the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-2 on Wednesday to even the N.L. Championship Series at 2-all.

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