Wakeup Call: Clock's ticking on your powder toss, LeBron

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Wakeup Call: Clock's ticking on your powder toss, LeBron

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 18.
AUTO RACING
Dale Earnhardt Jr. could be racing again Oct. 28 at Martinsville. (AP)
BASEBALL
When it rains, it pours for the Yankees. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

It's surgery, and a four- to five-month recovery period, for Derek Jeter. (AP)

Hunter Pence blames himself for the Giants' Game 3 loss to the Cardinals. (CSN Bay Area)

The Cards, however, may have suffered a bigger loss when Carlos Beltran went down. (AP)

Jack Morris hopes the Nationals are watching how other teams -- teams still alive in the postseason (ahem) -- use their ace pitchers. And then plan Stephen Strasburg's future accordingly. (CSN Washington)

You mean Livan Hernandez is still playing? Apparently so. Not only that, he's available. (AP)
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Yeah, it's not even Halloween yet, but it's time to pick a winner! In the Big East, that'll be Louisville. (AP)

In the ACC, North Carolina State. (AP)

And in the Big 12, it's (yawn) Kansas. (AP)

Others may abandon the Big East, but not Madison Square Garden. (AP)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Looks like No. 9 South Carolina will have to go to No. 3 Florida this weekend without Marcus Lattimore. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And maybe Kelcy Quarles, too. (AP)

But Notre Dame might have Everett Golson when it hosts BYU. (AP)

Hey, it was just a little bar fight. No need for Texas Tech to sit its starting center. (AP)

Shades of Bobby Knight! (AP)

Devon Walker, the Tulane safety who suffered a spinal fracture on Sept. 8, issues a statement thanking everyone for this support he's received. (AP)
GOLF
The turtles on the PGA Tour are forcing the fast players to deliberately slow their pace. . . to the game's detriment. (AP)

Forgotten about that Ryder Cup loss, have you? Not Davis Love III. (golfchannel.com)

Jim Furyk improved his game in 2012 in every aspect but one: He didn't win anything. (AP)
HOCKEY
Now that they've had a day to digest it, the players' enthusiasm for the owners' latest offer has dimmed a little. (CSN Chicago)

Or a lot. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Claude Giroux' complaints that Sidney Crosby was intentionally hacking his wrists during faceoffs last spring reminded Crosby of that old saying: "Hello, kettle? This is pot. You're black." (CSN Philly)
PRO BASKETBALL
A broken hand will keep Kevin Love out of the Timberwolves' lineup for six to eight weeks. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki's ailing knee doesn't hurt Mark Cuban at all. (AP)

Turns out Steve Nash was ready to go play at home -- in Toronto -- before the Lakers came calling. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The NBA has put its preening players on the clock. At least during pregame. (AP)
PRO FOOTBALL
Scott Pioli admits he's "made mistakes" in Kansas City. Don't think he'd get much pushback on that from Chiefs Nation. (AP)

Ray Lewis might -- just might -- be back, after all. (AP)

Ed Reed says he's hurt. Ed Reed says it's affecting his play. Funny, then, that his name has never popped up on the Ravens' injury report, wouldn't you say? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The NFL to the Bountygate judge: Stay out of this. (AP)

Jonathan Vilma, meanwhile, hopes to return on Sunday. (AP)

The Titans are circling Oct. 28 as the date Jake Locker comes back. (AP)

Sometimes, RGIII amazes even himself. (CSN Washington)

Let's hope Paul Ryan is more familiar with economic issues and world affairs than he is with Browns quarterbacks. (Pro Football Talk)

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.