Wakeup call: Derek Lowe, Yankee; Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire


Wakeup call: Derek Lowe, Yankee; Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, August 14:

That decision to pass on Derek Lowe isn't looking so hot now, Ben. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

On the other hand, trading Anibal Sanchez way back when wasn't such a bad idea. (Hardball Talk)

The Rays have won seven in a row, 10 of their last 12, and are taking charge of the wild-card race. (AP)

Craig Calcaterra finds it "mind-boggling" that the Nationals, adhering to a strict innings limit, plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg for the playoffs. (Hardball Talk) That makes all of us, Craig.

And the hits just keep on coming: Penn State now has accreditation problems as a result of the Sandusky scandal. (AP)

Those responsible for putting Julius Peppers' transcript on a University of North Carolina Web site, take one step forward. (AP)

A UCLA linebacker is giving up football because of concussions. (AP)

The Rory McIlroyTiger Woods comparisons have begun. (AP)

Yeah, your missing the cut at the PGA was all their fault, Lee. (AP)

From the Do-As-I-Say-Not-As-I-Do playbook: Crying poverty in labor talks in the same year you get a raise. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk) Well played, Bettman.

No wonder Alex Ovechkin is worried about a lockout. (CSN Washington)

Whether we get one or not may become clearer today, when the NHLPA makes its counteroffer. (AP)

Gear up, Bruins Nation: You'll be seeing Max Pacioretty in the bleu, blanc and rouge for at least six more years. (AP)

Turns out the Magic could have gotten Andrew Iguodala and Andrew Bynum in the Dwight Howard trade, but that would have messed with their we-want-to-suck strategy. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Metta World Peace, sex-crazed vampire elder. Sounds about right. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Justin Tuck's had just about enough of this "the-Giants-didn't-win-it-we-lost-it" talk coming out of Green Bay and San Francisco. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Go figure: Joe Philbin didn't think Chad Johnson and the Dolphins were a good fit. (AP)

The news isn't all bad in New Orleans. The Saints were cleared by the state police and the FBI in their potential Spygate scandal. (AP)

Hey, Rex: We know you're going to run the wildcat with Tebow. No need for the Cone of Silence routine. (AP)

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox


Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.


Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.


Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.


Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.


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