Wakeup call: Day of triumph for the A's, Nats . . . and Teddy

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Wakeup call: Day of triumph for the A's, Nats . . . and Teddy

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, October 4:

BASEBALL
Oakland A's, 2012 A.L. West Champions. Man, if you'd ever laid money on that last February . . . (CSN Bay Area)

How about if you laid money on the Nationals having the best record in baseball? (CSN Washington)

Maybe so, but count Jimmy Rollins among the unimpressed. (CSN Philly)

Will Oriole Magic continue now that the postseason is here? (CSN Baltimore)

It kind of sputtered out at the end there, didn't it? (AP)

Way to go, Teddy! (CSN Washington)

And way to go, Miggy! (AP)

You've still got a lot to learn about the way things are in Chicago, Youk. (CSN Chicago)

The memories flooded back after the Astros played their last game in the National League. (CSN Houston)

Sad news amidst Oakland's joy: The newborn son of A's reliever Pat Neshek died 23 hours after his birth. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
In an affidavit submitted in Debby Jennings' sex and age discrimination suit against the University of Tennessee, Pat Summitt says she initially felt she was being forced to step down as Lady Vols' coach by athletic director Dave Hart after she was diagnosed with early-onset dementia. She said Hart told her that she'd misinterpreted his comments. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Whoa, Nick. Comments like this will get you kicked off the Bill Belichick Coaching Tree. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Georgia will have to play its Southeastern Conference showdown against South Carolina without top receiver Michael Bennett, who's out for the year because of a knee injury. (AP)

Eight remains great for the ACC. (AP)

Wait a minute. Penn State was actually thinking about raising ticket prices?? (AP)

HOCKEY
No talks, but plenty of rhetoric, in the NHL labor tussle. (AP)

And they were so worked up about this season in Minnesota . . . (AP)

You know it's bad when the bookies are giving even odds that there'll be no Winter Classic. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Ilya Kovalchuk says the lockout can last forever as far as he's concerned. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Those damn Russians. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Ray Allen gets a warm welcome in Miami. (AP) The welcome isn't quite as warm for two women in Celtics jerseys.

Pre-order your Bill Walton autobiography before it's too late. (AP)

Rasheed Wallace is the Knicks' headache now. (AP)

This is it for Adam Morrison: Either he makes the Blazers, or he quits. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Grizzles' vice-president of basketball operations, Dana Davis, was found dead in his apartment at age 56. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Mario Williams says he's not a bust; he's hurt. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Teammate Kyle Williams is 15,000 lighter for a hit he made on Tom Brady Sunday, and he wants to know why. (AP)

Where Carlos Rogers sees lack of effort, Rex Ryan sees fatigue. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

One person Rex won't be seeing for the rest of the year: Santonio Holmes. (AP)

Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt will be allowed to attend the Saints' game Sunday night to watch Drew Brees try and set the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. (AP)

Spat with Jay Cutler? What spat with Jay Cutler? Maybe you had a spat with Jay Cutler, but I didn't have a spat with Jay Cutler. (Pro Football Talk)

Maurice Jones-Drew, now he's having a spat with Jay Cutler. (Pro Football Talk)

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."