Wakeup call: Magic in Baltimore, melee in Washington

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Wakeup call: Magic in Baltimore, melee in Washington

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

BASEBALL
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)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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)

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

GOLF
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)

HOCKEY
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.

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

PRO FOOTBALL
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)

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.