Wakeup Call: Manage without me, says Lowell

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Wakeup Call: Manage without me, says Lowell

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 9:

BASEBALL
The Orioles tied up their series against the Yankees, and now head to New York needing to win two out of three. Thing is, they've already done exactly that this year . . . twice. (CSN Baltimore)

Dan Duquette's enjoying the ride. (CSN Baltimore)

Now that's the Jim Johnson we remember! (NBCs Hardball Talk)

Buck Showalter's not a big fan of some Orioles marketer's bright idea: The BUCKleUp campaign. (CSN Baltimore)

So that's a single, a walk, and five strikeouts in 10 plate appearances for Alex Rodriguez so far in the ALDS. Any wonder cries to remove him from the No. 3 spot in the order have begun? (Hardball Talk)

The Cardinals bounced back nicely in Game 2. (AP)

The Nationals worked all year for home-field advantage, and this is why. (CSN Washington)

Eight years ago the Red Sox asked, "Why not us?" Now the A's, in an 0-2 hole to the Tigers, ask, "Why the hell not?" (CSN Bay Area)

Sometimes, says Al Alburquerque, a kiss is just a kiss. (CSN Bay Area)

With their season hanging by a thread, the Giants aren't going to entrust things to Tim Lincecum. (AP)

There are managing jobs open in Boston and Colorado right now, and it's expected Miami will have one very soon. Mike Lowell, however, says don't bother calling me. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced today. (AP)

Remember Al Groh, a Patriots assistant under Bill Parcells who also was head coach of the Jets and the University of Virginia? He's out of a job. (AP)

Jimbo Fisher's catching some heat at Florida State, but he's not second-guessing himself for some questionable calls in the Seminoles' 17-16 loss at North Carolina State. (AP)

Every number in Miami is trending the wrong way except one: The ACC won-loss record. (AP)

Iowa apparently isn't going let a little thing like an arrest keep Michah Hyde from playing against Michigan State this weekend. (AP)

GOLF
Tiger Woods had two words to his teammates for his Ryder Cup performance: I'm sorry. (golfchannel.com)

Still, he'd like to captain the team . . . some day. (AP)

HOCKEY
With each passing hour the owners are realizing -- or should be realizing -- that this is not their fathers' NHLPA, not with the Fehrs in charge. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) Whether this changes their traditional take-no-prisoners negotiating strategy remains to be seen.

The Caps' Karl Alzner is getting a "pox on both their houses" vibe from the fans. (CSN Washington)

The Blackhawks players, tired of running their own practices, have hired a coach to do it for them. (CSN Chicago)

PRO BASKETBALL
Kobe Bryant may not be at the finish line just yet, but he can see it. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

So were we, Marcus. So were we. (CSN Houston)

Remember Tracy McGrady's close relationship with Yao Ming during their days in Houston? In the business world, they call that "networking". (Pro Basketball Talk)

Maybe McGrady will run into the Heat when he starts his new job. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Texans are still unbeaten, thanks to their 23-17 win over the Jets. But not unbloodied, thanks to an injury to linebacker Brian Cushing. (CSN Houston)

The NFL is about to lose one of its former greats, as Alex Karras apparently has only days to live. (AP)

Sounds like James Harrison has learned his lesson after all these years. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Terrell Suggs is a fast healer . . . but not that fast. (Pro Football Talk)

Now RGIII, he's a fast healer. (AP)

The rigors of NFL season are beginning to take their toll. The casualty list heading into Week Six: Troy Polamalu out, Ryan Williams gone for the year, Jake Locker still sidelined and Matt Cassel unlikely. (All AP)

At least Joe Haden didn't pull out the "I didn't know what I was taking" line. (AP)

Fumbles, schmumbles. Right, Michael Vick? (CSN Philly)

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

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Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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