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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)

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

Drellich: Injuries for Betts, Pedroia, Nunez, unnerving in final week

BOSTON — Even before Mookie Betts wrist flared up and Eduardo Nunez re-aggravated his knee Monday, the Red Sox’ health situation looked tenuous heading into the final week of the regular season. Particularly when it came to position players. Dustin Pedroia was out of the lineup Monday after a 1-for-26 road trip.

Now the scene turns scary. Consider that every other American League team that has clinched a postseason spot (or in the case of the Twins, is expected to) is one of the majors’ top five teams in runs scored per game: the Astros, Yankees, Indians and Twins. The Sox are 10th. 

The Sox lineup lacks firepower to begin with. Losing any more at this time of year is a recipe for a rough October.

"It sucks. It sucks," Nunez said. "Especially this time of year when it's close to the playoffs. It sucks."

The regular-season results show the Sox have adapted well overall when guys like Pedroia and Nunez have missed time. But that’s the regular season, and adding Betts to the mix is just disquieting.

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Nunez on Monday returned to the lineup for the first time in 16 days. Now he isn’t expected back until during the Astros series, his right knee injury re-aggravated

But there’s room for good news yet. Betts is to get his left wrist examined Tuesday. A positive prognosis there, and there should be a sense of a crisis averted. On Monday night, he expected to be fine, but he also didn't know what was going on. 

Farrell before the game made clear Nunez wasn’t exactly full go yet.

“[His return is] quicker than what it possibly could have been. You’re talking about a ligament damage to the PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and I know it’s less severe than an ACL/MCL, but still it’s about pain tolerance,” Farrell said. “It’s about managing it. His body has to recondition to take care of that. His muscles have to respond in a different way. … If he feels a little bit of a zinger, that’s going to go away. He’s not putting himself at further risk.”

Farrell said after the game the feeling is Nunez didn’t do any new damage, but nonetheless, it’s easy to think now the Sox should have waited longer

Meanwhile, Pedroia’s been managing a left knee injury all season and didn’t play.

“When the knee starts to talk back to him a little bit, we’ve all got to listen to it and give him a down day,” Farrell said. “I would expect him to be back on the  field tomorrow.”

Farrell thought it reasonable to connect the knee to Pedroia’s recent poor performance hitting wise.

All year, resiliency has been a buzzword for Sox because of their propensity for late-inning comebacks. Sunday’s eighth-inning rally against the Reds was the latest example, leading to the Sox’ 42nd come-from-behind win. 

How they’ve dealt with a variety of health situations adds another layer to their reputation for handling adversity. Per spotrac.com, the Sox have had the fifth most disabled list days this season, 1,601. 

The Indians were doubted going into last year’s postseason because of health situations with their pitching. They did pretty well. But it’d also be foolish to minimize the importance of injuries to Pedroia, Nunez and Betts, and how they look heading into October.

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

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Mookie Betts to get left wrist examined Tuesday

BOSTON — First Mookie Betts right hand was bothering him. Now his left wrist is acting up to the point he was pulled from Monday's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays in the eighth inning and is headed for an exam to find out what's going on Monday.

"I’m not really that concerned. I think I’m  going to be fine," Betts said. "Just a couple days ago. I just took a swing and felt it. It’s just been kind of painful for swings, but that’s just the part of the season."

Betts felt it again on a swing Monday.

Betts, who's always a calm guy, didn't seem to be particularly worried. But when he was asked to describe the sensation, it sounded far from pleasant.

"Just like a sharp pain," Betts said. "I can’t really move my hand for a little bit, but I think, again, I don’t really know what’s going on. We’ll find out tomorrow."

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