Wakeup call: Say hello to your (tied for) first-place Orioles

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Wakeup call: Say hello to your (tied for) first-place Orioles

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, September 5:

BASEBALL
Derek Jeter describes blowing a 10-game lead in 47 days as "scuffling a little bit". (AP) Yeah, we've been scuffling a little bit up here, too, Jetes.

Meanwhile, the Orioles -- as in, the tied-for-first-place Orioles (yes, it's still okay to shake your head in disbelief) -- are "just having a good time," says Mark Reynolds. (AP)

And now just about everyone in baseball is looking forward to the four-game series between the Yanks and O's this weekend at Camden Yards. (CSN Baltimore)

Pitching in the major leagues at age 50? Even Roger Clemens thinks that's a stretch. (NBC's Hardball Talk) But at 51 . . . ?

Keith Hernandez and his mustache are back in the news. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Stories are seeping out about Billy Gillispie, and none of them are good. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Yo, Steve Sarkasian: It's just their nickname. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Notre Dame isn't done punishing Allen Pinkett just yet. (College Football Talk)

USC didn't cover the 40-point spread against Hawaii -- the Trojans only won by 39 -- so the AP voters promptly replaced them with Alabama at the top of their poll. (AP)

Defending itself in the Jerry Sandusky scandal has cost Penn State 16.8 million . . . and counting. (AP)

GOLF
Now that we know who's on the Ryder Cup team, let's take a guess at the pairings. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
Wayne Gretzky's lifelong dream was to play a game in Russia. Sort of a strange dream if you ask me, but he's finally getting the chance. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

We'll talk, say the players. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Well, talk amongst yourselves then, say the owners. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Dwyane Wade says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
On the day of the season opener, the Patriots are ranked No. 3 in NBC's Pro Football Talk's power rankings.

Having already notched Tom Brady, Wes Welker (sort of) and Rob Gronkowski (also kind of sort of) on his belt, Bernard Pollard is taking aim at A.J. Green. (CSN Baltimore) So much for the kinder, gentler NFL.

Redskins receiver Josh Morgan thinks RGIII is a hybrid of Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. (Pro Football Talk) And just imagine how good he'll be after he actually plays a couple of games, eh, Josh?

The Vikings will decide Saturday whether or not to play Adrian Peterson in the season opener. (AP)

The NFLPA is investigating Drew Rosenhaus. (Pro Football Talk)

And it won't let Bountygate die. (AP)

Yes, that's Chad Ochojohnson refusing to give up the ghost. (Pro Football Talk)

Did John Farrell mismanage Xander Bogaerts' playing time?

Did John Farrell mismanage Xander Bogaerts' playing time?

Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti, and Jim Murray discuss Xander Bogaerts, who admitted he's tired and is receiving the night off for the Boston Red Sox.

Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Bogaerts gets the night off

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Tuesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Bogaerts gets the night off

The Red Sox would still host a Wild Card playoff game if the season ended today, but they are free falling down the standings.

It won't get any easier for them tonight against the Rays in the second of a three-game series. Xander Bogaerts is getting the night off and Marco Hernandez will start in his place.

Red Sox Lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez SS
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Rick Porcello RHP

Rays Lineups:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Brad Miller SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Morrison 1B
Desmond Jennings CF
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Taylor Motter LF
Nick Franklin DH
Hank Conger C
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Chris Archer RHP

Red Sox top prospects Moncada, Benintendi named to All-Star Futures Game roster

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Red Sox top prospects Moncada, Benintendi named to All-Star Futures Game roster

The Boston Red Sox might be struggling, but they have two of the brighest prospects in baseball playing in the minors.

Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi have been named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game rosters.

Moncada and Benintendi are teammates on the Red Sox Double-A affliate, the Portland Sea Dogs, but they'll be opponents when the game is played Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego. Moncada was named to Team World, and Benintendi to Team USA.

Benintendi is hitting .264 in his 36 games with Portland, while Moncada is batting .296 in six games since being promoted from Single-A+ Salem.