Wakeup call: No soccer for KG; are you serious, Seahawks??

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Wakeup call: No soccer for KG; are you serious, Seahawks??

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, August 6:

BASEBALL
People hereabouts complain about the Red Sox' record when Josh Beckett and Jon Lester pitch, but how about the Giants being 4-14 in games started by Tim Lincecum? Until yesterday, that is. (CSN Bay Area)

Roy Oswalt, irked because he was lifted from the starting rotation, lifted himself in the ninth inning of a tie game after pitching two innings in relief (with Texas suffering from a case of the bullpen shorts), saying he'd "had enough". The Rangers went on to lose in extras, and Ron Washington didn't seem too pleased. (Dallas Morning News)

When you hit your knees tonight, give thanks one more time that the Red Sox didn't trade for Matt Garza. (CSN Chicago)

That's five straight games now that A.J. Pierzynski has homered. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Indians have lost nine straight, and this one probably hurt more than the first eight put together. (AP)

Yes, yes, Chipper Jones is hitting .320 with a .912 OPS. No matter; he still plans to retire. (Hardball Talk)

Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez are feeling better. (Hardball Talk)

Ryan Dempster didn't give up on his dream of going to the Dodgers until he got word straight from the horse's mouth that it wasn't going to happen. (CSN Chicago)

BASKETBALL
Doesn't seem right that LeBron James can own a piece of a European soccer team and Kevin Garnett can't. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Linsanity hits Taiwan. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Nick Saban says everyone's so worried about the destination that they fail to appreciate the journey. (AP) Of course, in a manner worthy of a Belichick Coaching Tree member, he wasn't quite that philosophical about it.

The investigation continues into the attack on Wisconsin running back Montee Ball. (AP)

HOCKEY
His girlfriend won a bronze medal at the Olympics and Alex Ovechkin -- if total number of exclamation points are the criteria -- is pretty excited. (CSN Washington)

The Stanley Cup has been taken a lot of places over the years. But on a hunting trip? (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Football's back. (AP)

And it didn't take long for the Cardinals to lose a key player. (AP)

The replacement-officials adventure didn't get off to a very good start. (AP via NBC)

The injury woes continue for Ben Roethlisberger, though the Steelers don't think it's very serious. (AP)

Say it ain't so, Seahawks. Say it ain't so. (AP)

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia and Bogaerts Stay hot

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Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia and Bogaerts Stay hot

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 5-3 win over the Blue Jays:

 

QUOTES

 

* “I benefited from good defensive plays and hard hit balls at people and guys just making plays. Whether you feel good or not you have to have good things happen out there on that field.” David Price said on his successful start against Toronto.

 

* “He woke up this morning more sore than when he left here last night . . . Didn’t want to push it. We’re hopeful he’ll back in the lineup tomorrow.” Farrell on David Ortiz being a late scratch prior to Sunday’s game.

 

* “It’s always great to avoid a sweep . . . We battled hard the whole game and had great at-bats the whole game.” Mookie Betts said on winning the final game of the series against Toronto in a postgame interview with NESN.

 

* “On a day when we were thin with the amount of usage we’ve had, Clay stepped in.” John Farrell said on Clay Buchholz’s relief appearance for Boston in the 10th inning.

 

* "It definitely felt a little different . . . Got to help the team any way I can . . . Glad I could contribute today . . . All in all it's sort of a learining experience for me and I'm sure I'll get better at it as we go." Clay Buchholz said on his first relief appearance of the season for the Red Sox out of the bullpen.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 22 games in his 1-6 performance.

 

* Dustin Pedroia extended his hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the sixth. Pedroia has also hit safely in 23-straight games against Toronto

 

* Clay Buchholz made only his third career appearance as a reliever for the Red Sox, striking out one and allowing no runs in the tenth. His last relief appearance came on 8/17/08.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Dustin Pedroia

 

The second baseman continues to dominate the Blue Jays, finishing 2-6 with the game-winning double.

 

2) David Price

 

Boston’s ace answered the call in his most important start as a member of the Red Sox, even though he didn’t get the win he only gave up two earned runs off five hits and three walks

 

3) Mookie Betts

 

Entering the game with one hit in his last 20 at-bats, Betts went 2-4 with two walks, scoring two runs.

First impressions: Boston's lineup bails out the snake bitten bullpen

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First impressions: Boston's lineup bails out the snake bitten bullpen

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 win over Toronto:

 

The Red Sox bullpen coughed it up in the eighth in the second consecutive game.

After coming into a difficult situation in the eighth, Heath Hembree grooved a 1-0 fastball to Encarnacion for his 10th homerun of the season.

Hembree missed with his fastball middle-in, when Christian Vazquez set up down and away. That’s a miss that can’t happen against a hitter who’ll make you pay every time. Hembree entered the game locked-in, but lost his focus in the eighth.

 

Clay Buchholz's successful inning in reliefer doesn mean anything, yet. can’t pitch from the bullpen either.

He has a long was to go before he proves any value in the bullpen. The only guarantee right now is Buchholz can pitch more then one inning. He has to churn out more appearances like Sunday to be usable for the Red Sox.

 

The real David Price has arrived.

Boston’s ace showed up when he was needed. And he did it against a strong, streaking lineup, without having to strike everyone out.

After coughing up a two-run homerun to Jose Bautista and walk Josh Donaldson, he regained his composure to get out the deadly Edwin Encarnacion and one of yesterday’s villains, Justin Smoak.

And after Boston got him a one-run lead in the following half-inning, Price came out with 89 pitches to his total and only threw seven in the sixth.

That extended his outing by an inning and gave Boston’s bullpen some extra rest.

 

Blake Swihart looks like a natural in left field.

Even though his trade value is highest as a catcher, Swihart looks very comfortable in left. The question that remains with the change is his bat. If Swihart hits the same playing in left as he does behind the plate then there’s limited value in keeping him in left field once Brock Holt is healthy.

 

Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts’ at-bats in the sixth completely threw off R.A. Dickey’s start.

In addition to Mookie Betts breaking up the no hitter before Pedroia came up, Boston’s men up the middle extended their hitting streaks after grueling at-bats.

The two saw 19 pitches between them both, taking six balls apiece. With the knuckleball being unpredictable to begin with, it became that much harder for Dickey to get the ball by Boston’s two and three hitters.

After that, he got into another full count with Shaw, walking him after seven pitches.

Once he hit Hanley Ramirez in a 1-0 count that marked the 11th ball of the inning after throwing 25 in the previous five innings.

Dickey clearly tried to change his approach with hitters figuring out the knuckler the third time through, which led to his earlier than expected exit after throwing five innings of no-hit baseball.