Wakeup call: The replacement refs strike again

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Wakeup call: The replacement refs strike again

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, September 25:

BASEBALL
Life is good in Yankee Universe: They won, the Orioles split, and Andy Pettitte is back. (AP)

The Rangers now lead the A's by five games with nine to play in the A.L. West after Monday night's walkoff win. (AP)

Status quo in the A.L. Central as the White Sox (CSN Chicago) and Tigers (AP) both won. (AP)

Looks like the Cardinals are going to have the chance to defend their World Series championship after all. (AP)

Substitute "Bobby Valentine" for "Ozzie Guillen", and "any member of the Red Sox" for "Heath Bell", and you might have yourself a preview of some post-Oct. 3 interviews you could be hearing around here. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
I don't know what your plans were from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, but change 'em. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Rudy's all excited about 4-0 Notre Dame. (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE HOCKEY
The experts are predicting another banner year at Boston College. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

HOCKEY
The Seattle Oilers? Maybe. (AP)

OLYMPICS
Talk about a gold medal performance. Kerri Walsh Jennings just discovered she was five weeks pregnant with her third child when she and teammate Misty May Treanor dominated the beach volleyball competition in London. (NBC's Off The Bench)

PRO BASKETBALL
None other than James Worthy is warning the Lakers not to be planning that championship parade just yet. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

New addition to the pro sports injury list: Puncture wound on the ankle from stepping on a spike strip in a parking garage. (AP) No, really.

PRO FOOTBALL
I'm sure you've heard all about it by now, but here are the details on the incredible finish in Seattle. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Golden Tate doesn't know what all the fuss is about, since "I know I had the ball." (Pro Football Talk)

Give Mike McCarthy credit: He somehow held his tongue. For the most part. (Pro Football Talk)

Maybe he thought about John Fox and Jack Del Rio before stepping to the podium. (AP)

Look out, Michael Vick. Doesn't sound like Andy Reid's too happy with you. (CSN Philly)

It appears Darrius Heyward-Bey is going to be all right. (CSN Bay Area)

On a much more mundane level, so is Reggie Bush. (AP)

Still don't know about Matthew Stafford, though. (AP)

But we do about Austin Collie, and it ain't good. (AP)

The Bills may have both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller available when they host the Patriots on Sunday. (AP)

Another postgame, another arrest for the Falcons. (AP)

Score after one round: Brandon Marshall 1, Warren Sapp 0. (Pro Football Talk)

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.