Wakeup Call: Doc's Clippers rebound nicely

Wakeup Call: Doc's Clippers rebound nicely
April 22, 2014, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, April 22:

BASEBALL

Masahiro Tanaka sounds a little excited, and Jacoby Ellsbury sounds a little apprehensive, as they both prepare to play their first game at Fenway Park as members of the Yankees. (AP)

Tito calls a meeting to tell the Indians he loves them. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And it works. (AP)

The Giambino returns. (Hardball Talk)

In case you didn't get the message Sunday, Carlos Gomez reiterates it: He has no plans to apologize for his part in the Brewers-Pirates brawl. (AP)

And, in an age when baseball is losing its appeal to young fans almost hourly, isn't it time to celebrate excitable free spirits like Gomez -- they certainly do in every other sport -- and stop trying to hold them to the arbitrary behavioral standards of Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Bowie Kuhn? (Hardball Talk)

Russell Martin isn't ready to let things slide: Still furious at Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado for landing what he thought was a sucker punch to his Pirate teammate Travis Snider, Martin's challenging Maldonado to a fight: In a ring, with gloves and referees and everything. In the offseason. For charity. Honest. (Hardball Talk)

Ike Davis, liberated by Pittsburgh from the Mets last Friday, becomes -- and let me get this straight -- the first player ever to hit grand slams for two different teams in April. One more example of how there's no record so obscure . . . (AP)

Another example: The Astros entered last night's game in Seattle with a .192 team batting average, the lowest over the first 19 games of a season since the 2003 Tigers -- who went on to lose 119 games -- hit .180. But Houston gets nine hits against the Mariners, lifting the average to .196, and breaks a seven-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory. (AP)

The news isn't all good for the Astros: Ace Scott Feldman is headed to the disabled list because of right biceps tendinitis. (CSN Houston)

When are you relieved to place your rotation ace on the DL? When an MRI shows no structural damage, which means Chris Sale has only a flexor muscle strain and may be able to return to the White Sox in a couple of weeks. (CSN Chicago)

Kind of nice that a game featuring two of the game's brightest young stars, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, is won by a 41-year-old. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tennessee has its man: Southern Mississippi head coach Donnie Tyndall. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

In the game of assistant coaching musical chairs, Kenny Johnson is going from Indiana to Louisville . . . (College Basketball Talk)

. . . and Barry Rohrssen is reportedly going from Pittsburgh to Kentucky. (College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Atlanta wants to host the national championship game in 2018, as a prelude to a 2019 Super Bowl bid. (AP)

Austin Golson, projected to be Ole Miss' starting right offensive tackle, may be transferring because of illness in his family. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Texas linebacker Dalton Santos takes to Twitter to raise money for his mother's open heart surgery. (College Football Talk)

New Mexico running back Cruesoe Gongbay is suspended from the team after being accused of rape. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Penguins were in dire straits, trailing the Blue Jackets by two goals and on the verge of falling behind in the series. But they rally for three goals in a span of 2 minutes and 19 seconds early in the third period and come away with a 4-3 victory and a 2-1 series lead. (AP)

Corey Crawford steps up and tosses a shutout as the Blackhawks beat the Blues and narrow their series deficit to 2-1. (CSN Chicago)

The Wild pulls out a 1-0 overtime win over the Avalanche and now trail their series, 2-1. (AP)

The dastardly Matt Cooke does it again, wiping out Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit that will sideline Barrrie for four to six weeks . . . if the Avs can extend their season that long. (AP)

If it's any consolation to the Avalanche, it appears the NHL is ready to lower the boom on the recidivist Cooke. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Also avoiding falling into an 0-3 hole are the Stars, who shut out Anaheim, 3-0. (AP)

When Stephane Robidas played for the Stars, he broke his leg in his last game in Dallas. Last night he returns to Texas with the Ducks . . . and breaks his leg again. (AP)

Sorry, Flyers Nation: Steve Mason won't be ready for Game 3. (CSN Philly)

As the playoffs move on, we still have coaches twisting in the wind. Like Adam Oates in Washington, John Tortorella in Vancouver and Randy Carlysle in Toronto. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Any worries about how Doc's Clippers would respond to their tough Game 1 loss dissipated early: They jump out to a 14-4 lead, lead by 67-41 at halftime, and coast to a 40-point rout of the Warriors. (AP)

And that's why there are plenty of people who think the Clips will contend for the championship. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Grizzlies blow a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter, and a five-point lead in the final 19 seconds. But they don't let it sink them, as they still defeat the Thunder in overtime -- in Oklahoma City, no less -- and even their series at 1-1. (AP)

Well, this couldn't have been a surprise to anyone, could it? (AP)

So now what, Phil? (Yahoo! Sports)

The early line favors Steve Kerr taking Mike Woodson's place. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

In other coaching news, Rick Adelman is indeed calling it a career. (AP)

Tyrone Corbin's leaving, too, though not by choice. (AP)

Will Adelman's retirement in Minnesota mean that Billy Donovan finally gives the NBA a chance? (Pro Basketball Talk)

And will Corbin's firing in Utah mean that Spurs assistant Jim Boylen -- not Jim Boylan, who served as interim coach with both the Bulls and Bucks, but Jim Boylen -- will get a shot an an NBA head coaching job? (Pro Basketball Talk)

And there's no surprise here, either: Joakim Noah is named the league's top defensive player. (CSN Chicago)

Here are Noah's five best defensive performances of the season. (CSN Chicago)

Good news for the Rockets: Pat Beverley's knee injury isn't serious and he should be able to play in Game 2 against the Blazers. (CSN Houston)

Old friend Al Jefferson says he plans to play, too, in the Bobcats' Game 2 matchup against the Heat, though his foot is still pretty sore. (AP)

This'll teach Raptors GM Masai Ujiri to watch his mouth in public. (AP)

Man, this nightly ritual of the NBA having to announce referee screwups is getting comical. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

John Harbaugh finally spills the beans as to why there was no postgame hug between he and his brother after the Ravens' Super Bowl win over the 49ers: Jim didn't want to. (CSN Bay Area)

If he had to do it over again, Mike Holmgren says he would have ignored the wishes of the owner and coached the Browns. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The on-again/off-again Rolando McClain saga is off again . . . and this time, apparently, for good. At least it is with the Ravens, we can safely assume. (CSN Baltimore)

The last player drafted by the late Al Davis, Terrelle Pryor, is traded to the Seahawks for a seventh-round draft choice. (CSN Bay Area)

The 49ers wanted Pryor, too, but apparently weren't willing to give up a seventh-round pick for him. So what, exactly, were they offering?? (Pro Football Talk)

There are those who believe Pryor can be a productive quarterback in the NFL . . . though now that he's playing behind Russell Wilson, how will we ever know? (Pro Football Talk)

Sounds like DeSean Jackson is counting the days until he gets to play the Eagles. (CSN Philly)

There'll be no announcement of the NFL schedule tonight, as was rumored; instead, the league is announcing which draftees will be invited to Radio City Music Hall for the first round. (Pro Football Talk)

Peyton Manning says he and Adam Gase weren't in Tuscaloosa at the same time, so they didn't break any rules by meeting with Nick Saban. (AP)

Alex Smith basically tells his agent to wake him when they've reached agreement on a contract extension with the Chiefs. (AP)

The Bengals exercise the 2015 option on A.J. Green's contract. (AP)

Warren Sapp's the latest to criticize Jadeveon Clowney. (Pro Football Talk)

Former NFL receiver and current ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson is arrested on a domestic dispute charge in Calabasas, Calif. (AP)

SOCCER

If you think the demand for instant gratification is a strictly American trait, consider that Manchester United is firing manager David Moyes after 9 months and 22 days on the job. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

He's being replaced, at least temporarily, by one of his players: Ryan Giggs. (Pro Soccer Talk)