Wakeup Call: Clemens calls Hall of Fame snub 'hurtful'

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Wakeup Call: Clemens calls Hall of Fame snub 'hurtful'

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, January 15:

BASEBALL
Roger Clemens calls his Hall of Fame snub "hurtful", but adds: "It's not gonna change my life, either way." (CSN Houston)

If the Red Sox actually want to sign Javier Vazquez, looks like they're going to have some competition from the Nationals. (CSN Washington)

The market for Rafael Soriano is heating up at last, if you consider the Dodgers saying, "Yeah, well, there's a one-in-five shot we'll sign him" to be heat. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Like baseball? Fluent in foreign languages? Look good in uniform? There could be a job for you as interpreter for managers and pitching coaches during visits to the mound. (AP)

The A's give Bob Melvin a two-year extension. (AP)

Sad news: Ex-MLB shortstop Enzo Hernandez dies of an apparent suicide in Venezuela at age 63. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Looks like Louisville deserves that No. 1 ranking, doesn't it? (AP)

Kansas is putting a happy face on Ben McLemore's ankle injury. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Syracuse will be playing for a while without sixth man James Southerland, though Jim Boeheim's pretty vague about why. (AP)

Why would USC fire its coach two weeks into January? Funny you should ask . . . (College Basketball Talk)

Those bar fights will get you suspended just about every time. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
In today's installment of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Notre Dame's Cierre Wood. (CSN Chicago)

Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher is giving up football for med school. (AP)

Quarterback Casey Pachall has completed substance-abuse rehabilitation and returned to TCU. (AP)

Texas reinstates quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks after police announce they will not pursue sexual-assault allegations against the two. (AP)

CYCLING
Lance Armstrong's going all in on this confession thing: According to reports, he may testify against cycling officials who knew about, and perhaps facilitated, his doping. (nbcsports.com)

GOLF
Mama, grow up your babies to be golfers: Rory McIlroy just signed a deal with Nike that may pay him 20 million a year. (AP)

On tap this week: A McIlroy-Tiger Woods showdown in Abu Dhabi. (AP)

HOCKEY
Tomas Vokoun is getting ready for life as a backup with the Penguins . . . though, because of the compressed schedule, he may play a lot more than he first thought. (AP)

So much for the dream line of Marian Gaborik, Rick Nash and Brad Richards. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Red Wings are about to stitch the 'C' on Henrik Zetterberg's jersey. (AP)

No fan backlash against the work stoppage in Buffalo, that's for sure. (AP)

The Kings' Anze Kopitar is recovering nicely, thank you, from the knee injury he suffered while playing in Sweden. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Attention, 'Melo: Big brother is watching. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

What's this? Andrew Bynum? On the court? (CSN Philly)

Tom Thibodeau's reputation as a defensive genius probably got him his job with the Bulls. Last night, we got a glimpse of why he earned that rep. (CSN Chicago)

Say goodbye to Manu Ginobili for about 10 to 14 days. (AP)

Looks like Pau Gasol will miss his fifth straight game tonight because of that concussion. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
John Fox stands by his decision to have Peyton Manning take a knee at the end of regulation Saturday -- a call that's drawn plenty of fire in Denver after a) the Broncos wound up losing and b) the Falcons pulled out a victory in almost the same set of circumstances the next day -- and team president John Elway agrees. (AP)

Looking for a quarterback? Have the Seahawks got a deal for you! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Texans might -- might -- be one of those teams, but not if the players have anything to say about it: They've got Matt Schaub's back. (CSN Houston)

Be worried, NFL, be very worried: J.J. Watt says he can get better. (CSN Houston)

Newest name in the Eagles' coaching hunt: Ken Whisenhunt. (AP)

And then there were eight . . . teams without a corporate sponsor tacked onto their stadium name, that is. (Pro Football Talk)

Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt says he's been cooperating with Jersey City police over their investigation into a shooting and a stabbing that occurred at a party Britt attended, but the police respond no, he hasn't . . . and that they're discussing their next steps with the prosecutor. (AP)

An autopsy reveals that Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and killed her, and then committed suicide. (AP)

TENNIS
Brad Dewitt, executive chairman and president of the ATP World Tour, has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease at age 54 and will step down once a successor is found. (AP)

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP