Wakeup call: A CC of optimism for the Yankees

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Wakeup call: A CC of optimism for the Yankees

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, September 27:

BASEBALL
Now that's the CC Sabathia the Yankees are going to need in the postseason. (AP)

The Orioles blasted out of their mini-slump last night. (CSN Baltimore)

You lose seven of eight down the stretch -- and walk 12 guys in that seventh loss -- then you probably don't deserve to be in first place. Right, White Sox? (CSN Chicago)

And they're not. (AP)

Their championship predecessors of the '70s were called The Swingin' A's. These A's can claim the same nickname, though for a different reason . . . but still, they appear bound for the postseason, too. (CSN Bay Area)

Here come the Angels. (AP)

Tim Bogar won't be leaving the Red Sox. Not for Houston, anyway. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Davey Johnson isn't quite ready to commit to returning to the Nationals' dugout next season. (Hardball Talk)

Careful, Theo. Last time you trolled the free-agent waters for starting pitching, you came up with John Lackey. (CSN Chicago)

Well, well. Looks like the other Marlins players didn't take too kindly to Heath Bell's blasting of Ozzie Guillen. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Tom Osborne's calling it quits at Nebraska. (AP)

What is it with these college coaches and the media? (NBC's College Football Talk)

How daunting must your off-field problems be if you're the leading rusher on a winless team and they get rid of you anyway? (College Football Talk)

It appears new commissioner Mike Aresco has gotten the Big East a seat at the postseason playoff table. (AP)

GOLF
The Marked Man of Medinah. (AP) Sounds like a gothic novel, doesn't it?

HOCKEY
Wonder if Todd Bertuzzi's days begin with Sonny and Cher singing, "I got you, babe" . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Apparently there'll be at least some players singing "I got mine, babe" despite the lockout. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Chris Bosh is healthy and very happy these days. (AP)

Sorry, Lakers. Dorell Wright says the Sixers got the real jewel of the offseason. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Youth is being served in Oklahoma City. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Praise the heavens. (AP)

Against all odds, we've found some folks who aren't dancing for joy at the return of the regular refs. (CSN Bay Area)

According to the guy who trained him, the replacement ref who messed up the final call in Monday night's game isn't good enough to officiate in Division I, let alone the NFL. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Who says there are no hearts in Vegas? (AP)

The Cardinals will have to go without Beanie Wells for a while. (AP)

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."