Wakeup call: Smack talk in Philly about LeBron

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Wakeup call: Smack talk in Philly about LeBron

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 2:

BASEBALL
It was a lost night all around for the Orioles, who ceded ground in both the division and wild-card races. (CSN Baltimore)

Could be worse, though. They could be the Rays. (AP) Or the Angels. (AP)

The headed-to-the-playoffs A's are full of "Nobody thought we'd be here!" blather. (CSN Bay Area)

The headed-home White Sox are consoling themselves with that very same thought. (CSN Chicago)

And why are the White Sox headed home? Because the Tigers won the A.L. Central. (AP)

The Nationals are kings of the N.L. East -- even though they lost to Philadelphia -- and they celebrated appropriately. (CSN Washington)

The Phillies, dethroned after a five-year reign atop the division, knew the moment was coming for a long time. . . . but it still made them mad. (CSN Philly)

Almost there, Cardinals. (AP)

More homophobia from an MLB player . . . or is it? Derek Holland says his Twitter account -- where the message appeared during the second game of the Rangers' Sunday doubleheader against the Angels -- was hacked. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Well, it's not like they didn't expect to lose 100. (CSN Chicago) Right, Theo?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Not everything's coming up roses in Tuscaloosa. Top-rated Alabama has lost wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart for the season. (AP)

Um, Michigan State? Urban Meyer's tellin'. (AP)

GOLF
They're already calling it 'The Miracle of Medinah' across the pond. (AP)

Golfchannel.com grades the U.S. team for its performance last weekend. (golfchannel.com)

And does the same for the Europeans . . . though, strangely, their marks seem worse than the Americans'. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
Who says Congress doesn't do anything? Two New Jersey Senators are calling for the end to the lockout. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Coming up next: The cancellation of some regular-season games. (CSN Chicago)

No matter when they come back, Ryan Kesler will probably still be on the sidelines. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Kobe Bryant thinks this is the most talented Lakers team he's ever been on. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Maybe so, Kobe, but Ty Lawson says the Nuggets are the best of the West. (AP)

I'm old enough to remember when Billy Idol bragged to David Letterman that dealers in Greenwich Village had named their drugs after his songs, to which Letterman responded: "Your mother must be so proud." Well, LeBron James' mother now can take similar pride, thanks to a certain heroin peddler in Philadelphia. (Pro Basketball Talk)

We'll have to wait three weeks for the Andrew Bynum Era to begin. (CSN Philly)

But the Brooklyn Nets Era has started. (AP)

Utah's Enes Kanter says it's easy to lose 51 pounds. All you have to do is stop eating everything in sight. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Jeremy who? (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Colts were hit hard by the news that coach Chuck Pagano has leukemia. (AP)

As was Pagano's former team, the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

Tony Romo was the game MVP Monday night . . . for the Bears. (AP)

Their record may be perfect, but Gary Kubiak says the Texans aren't. (CSN Houston)

Matt Cassel got the dreaded vote of confidence from Romeo Crennel. (AP)

The same-sex marriage debate -- of all things -- has made its way into the Ravens' locker room. (CSN Baltimore)

Even the pregame is dangerous in the NFL, eh, Brandon Meriweather? (CSN Washington)

The X-rays were negative, but Santonio Holmes could still be out for a while. (AP)

The Steelers are back from their bye week, and so are James Harrison and Troy Polamaulu. (AP)

Billy Cundiff's still got a job. For another seven days, anyway. (CSN Washington)

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.