Wakeup call: Theo's quiet (though Zolak isn't) on Red Sox

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Wakeup call: Theo's quiet (though Zolak isn't) on Red Sox

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, August 15:

BASEBALL
"Dude, I'm not answering that question." And that, my friends, is just about all Theo has to say about the circus he once called home. (CSN Chicago)

Meanwhile, the Orioles, or at least some of their media (CSN Baltimore), are reveling -- though not at Scott Zolak levels (Twitter) -- in Boston's misery.

It took two weeks, but Zack Greinke finally has a win an Angel. (AP)

That's 27 innings -- and counting -- without a run for the Marlins. (AP)

CC who? The Yankees have Hiroki Kuroda. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
When the going gets tough, the tough . . . forfeit the game? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Mike Aresco's task: Save the Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Uh, not so fast there on Tyrann Mathieu never again playing for LSU. (AP)

HOCKEY
The NHLPA has finally made its counterproposal. (AP) The players, said Sidney Crosby, "like it a lot". The owners? Well, we'll see.

One of their ideas: The ability to trade cap space. (NBC's Pro HockeyTalk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Just think: A few months ago, when the Heat seemed ready to be eliminated by the Pacers in the NBA quarterfinals, LeBron James was a national punchline. Now he has Hall of Fame coaches saying he's better than Michael Jordan. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Ira Winderman points out that Dwight Howard isn't the only reason the Lakers "are far, far better than they were last season". (NBC) Oh, joy.

PRO FOOTBALL
I don't know what an "arthroscopic debridement" is, but it may keep Brian Urlacher out of the Bears' opener. (CSN Chicago)

Chad Johnson's 41-day marriage is over. (AP)

A blood clot in his left calf will sideline Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for the season. (AP)

SOCCER
Soccer must pay better than I thought if Hope Solo can afford a 1.2 million bachelorette pad. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.