Wakeup call: Randy Moss speaks!

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Wakeup call: Randy Moss speaks!

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

BASEBALL
The world settled back on its axis last night as the Yankees won and the Orioles lost (AP), giving the A.L. East standings a more traditional look.

And now it's put-up-or-shut-up time for the O's. (CSN Baltimore)

The A's are relieved that Brandon McCarthy -- who took a line drive off the head yesterday -- seems none the worse for wear. (CSN Bay Area)

Not very enlightening to describe the first-place Nationals playing the last-place Cubs as "men against boys". Interesting that it was Chicago manager Dale Sveum who used the phrase, though. (CSN Chicago)

The Dodgers have seen the last of Chad Billingsley for the year. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Nick Saban, football coach? No, it's Nick Saban, media critic. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The Big Ten isn't going let a little thing like NCAA sanctions prevent them from awarding championship trophies to Ohio State or Penn State should either happen to win their division. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky's attorney says his client now regrets not testifying in his own defense. (AP)

HOCKEY
Chris Pronger channels his inner Rex Ryan and "guarantees" the NHL season won't start on time. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Maybe Ilya Bryzgalov won't play in Russia during the lockout, after all. (CSN Philly)

PRO BASKETBALL
Old friend Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls are talking contract, finally. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
The replacement refs did better than the Giants last night. (AP)

Jabar Gaffney's job hunt takes him to Oakland, though the Raiders didn't offer him a contract . . . yet. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Brandon Meriweather gets hurt, and now he's in a place where they actually talk about it. (CSN Washington)

Did this judge really expect the NFL and the NFLPA to reach a settlement in the players' Bountygate lawsuit? (AP)

Randy Moss speaks! (CSN Bay Area)

TENNIS
It's over for Andy Roddick. (AP)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.