Wakeup call: The Yankee slide continues

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Wakeup call: The Yankee slide continues

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, September 4:

BASEBALL
They call it schadenfreude, and, personally, I'm not very big on it. Still, Red Sox fans looking for something, anything, to cheer about in these dark days may only have to look about 200 miles to the south. (AP)

One game out on September 4. This is one time where Castiglione-speak -- "Can you believe it?!?" -- actually applies. (CSN Baltimore)

Even though the baseball season has flatlined hereabouts, some recent Sox are finding it quite exciting. Right, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett? (AP)

Right, Kevin Youlkilis? (CSN Chicago)

Right, Marco Scutaro? (CSN Bay Area)

It's not really the optimal time for Jared Weaver to come down with shoulder problems. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Ditto the Rays' Jeff Niemann. (Hardball Talk)

The Red Sox can't do it, but someone's able to beat the A's. (CSN Bay Area)

The Giants -- again (or is it still?) -- wish Pablo Sandoval would push away from the table every once in a while. (Hardball Talk)

For the first time in 43 years, we have a winner in Washington. (CSN Washington)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
All's well that ends well, eh Virginia Tech? (NBC's College Football Talk)

Florida State's two-time All-ACC defensive lineman, Brandon Jenkins, is out for the season. (College Football Talk) Quite a price to pay for beating Murray State, 69-3.

Honey Badger's staying at LSU. (AP)

GOLF
That third-place finish in Norton made Tiger Woods the first 100 million man in PGA history. (AP)

Someone really ought to teach Luke Donald how to use Twitter. (AP)

HOCKEY
Dion Phaneuf and Elisha Cuthbert are tying the knot. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Judging by how Magic fans are reacting, Dwight Howard should have saved the money he spent on that full-page ad. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

His NBA days may be over, but Allen Iverson is still in the headlines . . . albeit for all the wrong reasons. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Patriots are 10 million under the cap as the season begins. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Who needs training camp? Mike Wallace says he's good to go. (AP)

Maurice Jones-Drew is "ready to roll", too, but the Jaguars are going to limit his rolling on Sunday to third down. (AP)

And Brian Urlacher, who also missed most of camp (but for non-financial reasons), says he's playing Sunday as well, though no one's promising how effective he'll be. (AP)

The David Garrard Era in Miami may prove to be spectacularly short. (AP)

Tim Tebow. Jets. Wildcat. Getcher popcorn ready, Buffalo. (AP)

Wednesday's Red Sox-Tigers lineup: E-Rod aims to avoid sweep

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Tigers lineup: E-Rod aims to avoid sweep

BOSTON -- The Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound as they attempt to salvage the final game of their homestand and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Tigers.

Today's lineups:

TIGERS:
Ian Kinsler 2B
Jose Iglesias SS
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Nick Castellanos 3B
Justin Upton LF
Mike Aviles RF
James McCann C
Tyler Collins CF
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Michael Fullmer P

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt LF
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Eduardo Rodriguez P

Red Sox offense again tasked with too much to overcome

Red Sox offense again tasked with too much to overcome

Trenni Kusnierek and Sean McAdam wrap up the Red Sox second consecutive loss to the Tigers after Steven Wright was taken out in the fifth inning.