Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

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Wakeup Call: Another rejection slip for T.O.

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 10:

AUTO RACING
Drivers are going public with their anger about the current NASCAR rule package used at restrictor-plate tracks, which results in pack racing . . . and plenty of accidents. (AP)

BASEBALL
The A's amazing season remains alive, thanks to Brett Anderson. (AP)

Not for nothing, but that's eight runs in three games for the supposedly powerful Tigers. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Hunter Pence speaks -- or yells -- and the Giants listen. (CSN Bay Area)

Winning a playoff game against the Yankees is nice, but repelling the horde of Yankee fans who traditionally commandeer Camden Yards when the Yanks are in town? Priceless. (CSN Baltimore)

A-Rod says he feels fine at the plate. The Yankees and their fans don't feel fine when he's up there. (AP)

The last time there was a postseason baseball game in the nation's capital, you might have spotted President Roosevelt in the stands. It'll be a different crowd today. (CSN Washington)

The Cardinals will have to go the rest of the way without Jaime Garcia. (AP)

Seven guys who played in at least 147 games. Five who played in at least 156. And now the lightbulb has gone on over Ron Washington's head that, hmm, that might have had something to do with the Rangers' late-season collapse. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The good times appear to be over at Harvard, but Tommy Amaker understands that life isn't all sunshine and blue skies. (AP)

You won't have to worry about Texas Southern busting your bracket next March. (AP)

There'll soon be another Billy Donovan at Florida. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester to enter rehab. (AP)

A freshman wide receiver at Auburn calls out the upperclassmen for lack of leadership, which just thrills the coach and said upperclassmen. (AP)

Iowa's Micah Hyde apologizes for getting arrested. (AP)

As does UConn's Lyle McCombs. (AP)

Derek Dooley isn't going to let a little thing like a fractured hip keep him from coaching Tennessee this week against Mississippi State. (AP)

GOLF
Hope you didn't fly all the way to Turkey for a Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods matchup. (AP)

Tiger may not be No. 1 anymore, but -- after 16 years of competing against two generations of golfers -- he's happy to still be in the conversation about who's best. (AP)

HOCKEY
Man, they sure don't sound like guys looking to make a deal. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

R.J. Umberger's come up with a plan to keep busy during the lockout. (AP)

Guess the market for 47-year-old retired goalies isn't as robust as Dominik Hasek thought. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Royce White has arrived at Rockets' camp after spending a week developing a long-term plan for dealing with his anxiety issues. (AP)

Derrick Rose says if he needs to take off the whole year to get healthy, then he'll take off the whole year. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Is the injury rush that derailed the Texans' season last year starting anew? That fear is unavoidable with the news that Brian Cushing is out until 2013 because a torn ACL. (AP)

From the Someone Probably Wrote This For Him file: Will Smith says he "remains frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character". (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

He passed his tests and, as a reward, RGIII will return to practice. (CSN Washington)

When he gets there, he won't find Billy Cundiff. (AP)

The Bills have given up 97 points in their last two games, leaving their GM "puzzled". (AP)

Mark Sanchez is still Rex Ryan's guy. (AP)

Jets to T.O.: Thanks, but no thanks. (Pro Football Talk)

Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

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Brian Johnson: 'Awesome feeling' after five-hitter vs. Mariners

BOSTON - Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

The 26-year-old left-hander became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

"The last time I walked off the mound here was 2012 and I made two pitches," Johnson said. "Today I went nine innings. Today was pretty cool."

Johnson left Triple-A for a little over a month last season to get treatment for an anxiety issue.

"Obviously with some stuff that I've been gone through in my career, it's an awesome feeling" he said.

But despite the stellar outing, Johnson was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

"That's the reality of the game," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We had a chance to congratulate him and yet option him back to Pawtucket, with David Price coming here Monday."

Brought up from the minors for the start, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. His only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

"Their guy threw the ball over the plate. He threw strikes," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I won't take anything away from what he did, but we're not swinging the bat very well."

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

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Johnson beats Mariners 6-0 for Red Sox' 6th straight win

BOSTON - Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander's only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.

Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson's first start in Fenway - his fourth as a professional - he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.

Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley's diving grab of Nelson Cruz's sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley's game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager's drive.

Xander Bogaerts' RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth

Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.

Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners' debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle's 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.

Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases - Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHPs Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez, both on the DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw bullpen sessions. Hernandez said he "felt really good."... LHP James Paxton (strained forearm) is set to come off the DL and pitch at home Wednesday.

Red Sox: Pedroia was back at second base after getting Friday off to rest his sore left knee and not play on a wet field. He was hit by a pitch on the right forearm his first time up and went 1 for 3. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval, on the DL with a sprained right knee, was expected to play nine innings Saturday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell didn't rule out that he could be activated next week.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (1-2, 6.30 ERA) gave up 10 runs and 14 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss Tuesday at Washington.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-4, 4.35) has gone at least six innings in eight of nine starts.