Wakeup Call: If 'Melo's the guy, you're in trouble

Wakeup Call: If 'Melo's the guy, you're in trouble
November 22, 2013, 8:45 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Friday, November 22:

BASEBALL

  • Really, Mariano? You think A-Rod's innocent? Well, then, I have this bridge you might in interested in. (AP)

  • If you understand Rodriguez' legal strategy, please contact Craig Calcaterra -- an ex-lawyer, by the way -- because he hasn't a clue. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

  • When last we saw Bob McClure, he was a) being accused by Bobby Valentine of taking a vacation when he was actually caring for his sick child, and b) being run out of his job as Red Sox pitching coach by Bobby V. . . . a living symbol of the Valentinian dysfunction that swallowed 2012 Sox. He's finally landed back on his feet, as pitching coach of the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

  • And here I thought Javy Lopez was washed up when he posted a 9.26 ERA for the Red Sox in 2009. Wrong again. (CSN Bay Area)

  • Ervin Santana's on his way out the door, so the Royals are replacing him with Jason Vargas. (AP)

  • The Tigers are bringing back Phil Coke. (AP)

  • They're not bringing back Prince Fielder, obviously, but he says he's cool going to Texas. (AP)

  • When he gets there, it looks like he'll find a healthier Yu Darvish. (AP)

  • Dave Duncan's back in baseball: The Diamondbacks have hired him as a consultant. (AP)

  • But it sounds like Lance Backman is ready to leave. (Hardball Talk)

  • Old friend George Kottaras is leaving, too, but not by choice. (Hardball Talk)

  • All of baseball mourns the passing of union chief Michael Weiner, who died at age 51 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. (Hardball Talk)

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