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


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:

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.