Wakeup call: Capital achievement for the Nationals

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Wakeup call: Capital achievement for the Nationals

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, September 21:

BASEBALL
For the first time since 1933, there'll be October baseball in the nation's capital. (CSN Washington)

The news caught Bryce Harper by surprise. (CSN Washington)

The Reds are in, too. (AP)

The suddenly surging Yankees have a one-game lead in the A.L. East, thanks to their 10-7 win over the Blue Jays. (AP)

Along the way, Phil Hughes set a little bit of history. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Adrian Beltre took a hammer to the Angels' playoff hopes. (AP)

And things looked so good for the Pirates this year . . . (Hardball Talk)

The A's will be without Brett Anderson for the rest of the regular season. (CSN Bay Area)

It was eight runs in the first inning, seven runs in the ninth, and zero ground made up in the wild-card race for the Phillies. (CSN Philly)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The Billy Gillispie Saga reached its inevitable conclusion: He resigned. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
It beats losing, but that's about all Boise State can say about its 7-6 win over BYU. (AP)

Chase Rome's "retirement" didn't last very long. (AP)

Guess nobody asked Lane Kiffin an injury question this time. (AP)

GOLF
Tiger Woods had a pretty good answer to the dissing he took this week from Nick Faldo and Greg Norman and Johnny Miller. (AP)

Which is pretty much how Tiger's always responded to insults. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
Even Sidney Crosby's looking overseas these days. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Brooklyn's new arena opens this weekend, which the Associated Press is heralding as "vindication for old fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers." To which I reply: ???

The Suns' Channing Frye is sidelined indefinitely because of an enlarged heart. (AP)

Stephen Curry's ankle has healed and he's been been given medical clearance to rejoin the Warriors. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
At last, the Giants actually looked like Super Bowl champions. (AP)

Bet you didn't know that no coach has ever been ejected from an NFL game. But the league is warning that if the bullying of the replacement referees doesn't stop, that streak's going to end real soon. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Darrelle Revis says he's playing Sunday in Miami, no ifs, ands or buts. (AP)

Mike Holmgren's attempting to kiss and make up with Jim Brown. (AP)

RGIII: The Rams were 'unprofessional' in their game against the Redskins last week. (CSN Washington)

The Rams' Steven Jackson: Grow up, sonny, this is the big time. (Pro Football Talk)

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.