Wakeup Call: It's Miller time in St. Louis

Wakeup Call: It's Miller time in St. Louis
March 18, 2014, 9:00 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, March 18:

BASEBALL

How did Jose Iglesias get stress fractures in both legs? (AP)

At least Iglesias is expected back sometime this year. That's not the case in Oakland, where doctors say Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2014 season. (CSN Bay Area)

And because the A's could use a little more misfortune, Scott Kazmir is scratched from a start after feeling stiffness in his triceps. (AP)

James McDonald -- working for a shot at playing with his cousin Darnell in Chicago -- has to leave the Cubs' exhibition game after two pitches because of shoulder pain. (AP)

A bigger name with shoulder pain: The Tigers' Anibal Sanchez. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The news about pitchers' health isn't all bad. The Padres' Joe Wieland doesn't have any damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, for instance. (Hardball Talk)

And the Mets' Jon Niese will get to try it again later this week. (AP)

That Ryne Sandberg-Jimmy Rollins business from last week isn't going away: It looks like the Phillies are trying to trade their veteran shortstop. (Hardball Talk)

The Orioles select the laconic Chris Tillman as their Opening Day starter against the Red Sox. (AP)

And the Astros tab Scott Feldman to do the honors in their opener against the Yankees. (AP)

Farewell, Jose. (Hardball Talk)

And welcome back, Josh. (AP)

Unlike the guy he was traded for, Prince Fielder wishes his old teammates nothing but the best. (Hardball Talk)

Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched, and pitched well, out of the bullpen in Pawtucket last year. Now he's with the Diamondbacks, helping to bring baseball to his native Australia. (Yahoo! Sports)

When the D-backs return to the States, they'll be offering their fans the chance to buy an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheese and bacon at their games. The price? A mere $25. (Yahoo! Sports) 

The Mariners really have to get Logan Morrison off Twitter. (Hardball Talk)

The Nationals better stop using those drones. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Here's something that'll get you in the mood for March Madness: The NCAA and five of its biggest conferences are being sued by four ex-athletes for being an "unlawful cartel" that has illegally restricted the earning power of football and men's basketball players while making billions off their labor. (AP)

Back to basketball: Providence gets some love in a list of teams that might pull off a first-round upset, but not Harvard. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The 13-year-old son of Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey is undergoing surgery to remove a thyroid tumor, and his father may miss the Hawkeyes' NCAA opener on Thursday night. (AP)

James Johnson is out after two dismal seasons as coach at Virginia Tech. (AP)

Billy Donovan pockets $187,500 in bonuses thanks to Florida's success during the regular season and conference tournament. (AP)

New Mexico State suspended guard K.C. Ross-Miller for his role in a postgame altercation on Feb. 27 against Utah State, and he hasn't played since. The Aggies are headed to the NCAAs, but Ross-Miller won't be with them. (College Basketball Talk)

At the other end of the discipline spectrum, may we present Missouri: Two basketball players are among four Tigers athletes arrested for possession of marijuana . . . but it won't necessarily sideline them for tonight's N.I.T. game. (AP)

Now that Utah State's season is over, center Jarred Shaw is headed to jail for 10 days. (AP)

In the women's tournament, No. 1 seeds go to Connecticut, Notre Dame, Tennessee and South Carolina. (AP)

Three of those top seeds may wind up playing crucial games on the home courts of lower-seeded opponents, thanks to a format the coaches were criticizing as early as last summer. (AP)

Even so, the whole thing looks like a month-long runup to a UConn-Lady Irish championship game. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Big House is staying dry. (AP)

GOLF

It's official: The U.S. Open is going back to Torrey Pines in 2021. (AP)

Juli Inkster is being named captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team. (AP)

Jason Day's going to miss another week because of that thumb injury. (AP)

HOCKEY

Imagine where the Blues would be if they'd had Ryan Miller all season. (AP)

Incidentally, the Jets and the Blues looked more like the Jets and the Sharks -- and, no, we don't mean San Jose -- at the end of last night's game. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Coyotes move into eighth place in the Western Conference. (AP)

Patrick Roy has long since reconciled with the Canadiens, with whom he had a bitter parting as a player in 1995, and he's looking forward to tonight, when he brings his Avalanche to Montreal. (AP)

Kris Letang's back practicing with the Penguins, but even he doesn't know when he'll be sufficiently recovered from his stroke to return to game action. However, he knows that, at some point, "I'll be able to play again." (AP)

The Capitals will be without Brooks Laich for the rest of the season. (AP)

The Maple Leafs will be without Jonathan Bernier for a while, too, but he's only day-to-day. (AP)

Ditto the Sabres with Jhonas Enroth, though he'll be out for at least five games. (AP)

Matt Stajan returns to the Flames and is thankful for the support he and his wife received after the death of their infant son. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL

That's 21 in a row, and counting, for the Sixers. (CSN Philly)

The Clippers' 11-game winning streak is over. (AP)

Doc and some of his players, incidentally, oppose -- strongly -- Adam Silver's proposal to raise the minimum age for entering the NBA to 20. (Yahoo! Sports)

'Been wondering where KG is? I bet Nets Nation is wondering too, after he sits out his ninth straight game because of back spasms. (AP)

Yeah, but who needs him? (AP)

Go figure: One night after losing by 23 at home to the Mavs, the Thunder beats the Bulls in Chicago. (AP)

The Cavs aren't ready to say Kyrie Irving's out for the year. What they will say is, he'll sit out two weeks and then they'll re-evaluate. (AP)

For as bad a year as it's been in Milwaukee, Bucks Nation may remember it as the season the Greek Freak came to town. (Yahoo! Sports)

OLYMPICS

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have been pushing the "tragic accident" narrative in their client's trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, but some potentially devastating evidence emerges in the form of a 2012 gun competency test in which Pistorius acknowledged that he understood the criteria for lethal force against an intruder . . . and his on-the-record explanations of how and why he killed Reeva Steenkamp meet none of them. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO FOOTBALL

The Colts have no official comment on Jim Irsay's arrest, but Irsay himself takes to Twitter and offers thanks for "the messages of support, thoughts and prayers." (NBC's Pro Football Talk) 

It appears, however, that Irsay is fighting a losing battle against drug addiction. One source tells the Indianapolis Star that the Colts owner is "a sick, sick man" who "desperately needs help." (Pro Football Talk)

The lack of interest he's drawing in free agency indicates that Michael Vick's days as a starting quarterback -- and maybe even his days in the NFL -- are over. (Yahoo! Sports)

If you consider Vick to be a mentor, maybe there's a place for him in Cincinnati. (Pro Football Talk)

Meanwhile, a read between the lines indicates that DeSean Jackson's days with the Eagles may be over. (Yahoo! Sports)

According to RGIII, it's "safe to say" he won't be wearing a knee brace next year. Safe to say, perhaps, but not so safe to do. (CSN Washington)

Brandon Weeden lands on his feet in Dallas. (AP)

Not sure you can say the same of James Jones, who goes from Green Bay to Oakland. (AP)

James Harrison wants to go back to Pittsburgh. (Pro Football Talk)

The Giants win The Battle Of New York for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. (AP)

Teddy Bridgewater's star falls a bit. (AP)

Talk about character issues: Free agent lineman Henry Melton is being sued for biting someone in the kidney. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

More scandal for FIFA. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS

It's been a nice comeback so far for Roger Federer. (AP)