Wakeup call: Reggie skips Cooperstown; T.O. avoids the slammer

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Wakeup call: Reggie skips Cooperstown; T.O. avoids the slammer

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, July 20:

BASEBALL
Nick Swisher apparently still doesn't understand that most people hate the Yankees. (CSN Bay Area)

Not a surprise that after naming -- and, we assume, insulting and infuriating -- all those he deemed not worthy to be enshrined with Himself, Reggie Jackson is skipping the Hall of Fame ceremonies this weekend and is instead with the Yankees in Oakland. But if you want to know how he feels about the whole thing, he ain't talkin'. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And speaking of the Yankees, Brett Gardner's done for the year. (NBC's Hardball Talk) Very little surprise there; he hasn't played since April 17.

The Ryan Dempster Watch is on. (CSN Chicago) He claims it's "business as usual," though how often do trade rumors swirl around you 247?

BASKETBALL
Dennis Rodman's father skipped out on him 42 years ago, but the other day they had a brief meeting. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) You know the old saying about the apple not falling far from the tree . . . ?

Wonder if Chico's Bail Bonds ("Let Freedom Ring") is still looking to advertise? (AP)

COLLEGE
The latest on Joe Paterno: Ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson calls him "a damn good man" (NBC's College Basketball Talk), while Grambling -- the college where Eddie Robinson won 408 games, a total that was passed by Paterno less than two weeks before he was fired in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal -- wants at least some of JoePa's victories vacated and their man returned to the top of the NCAA record book. (AP)

FOOTBALL
It wasn't a Leviathan ego that brought Brett Favre back for his disastrous 2010 swan song. It was the money. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The joy in Baltimore over Ed Reed deciding not to hold out has been tempered by his decision to hit free agency at the end of the year. (CSN Baltimore)

When Luis Castillo was a free agent this spring, he visited both the Patriots and the Chiefs before re-signing with San Diego. Yesterday, the Chargers released him. (AP)

The NFL hit Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins with a one-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse program. (AP) Don't ask what substance, because they didn't say.

What a relief: T.O.'s not going to jail. (AP)

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.