Wakeup call: Does it get any worse than this?

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Wakeup call: Does it get any worse than this?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 1:

BASEBALL
Quite a day for the Yankees: They rallied from a four-run deficit, stayed tied with the Orioles for first place in the A.L. East, and clinched their 17th postseason berth in 18 years. (AP)

And now they get Mark Teixeira back. (AP)

Quite a day for the Rangers, as well: They not only secured a playoff spot for themselves, but for the Yankees and Orioles, too. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And quite a day for the Orioles (and it had nothing to do with beating the Red Sox, or getting into the postseason for the first time since 1997): They had their charter to Tampa diverted to Jacksonville Sunday night because of a small fire in flight. (CSN Baltimore) It was nothing serious, however, and they were able to reboard the plane for the final leg of their trip.

Magic number time! For the Tigers, it's one (to clinch the A.L. Central) and for the Cardinals, it's two (to clinch an N.L. wild-card spot). (AP)

The A's, meanwhile, are "pumped"; they could clinch a playoff spot on Monday and they could also still win the A.L. West if they sweep Texas. (CSN Bay Area)

The Angels, Rays and Dodgers (thanks to Josh Beckett) still have a playoff pulse . . . but they're weak. (AP)

The White Sox, however, are about to be pronounced dead. (CSN Chicago)

Even so, Robin Ventura says he's coming back. (CSN Chicago)

On the other side of town, Matt Garza sees good things ahead for the Cubs, 100 losses or no 100 losses. (CSN Chicago)

The 3030 Club has a new member. And the youngest one ever, to boot. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

In spite of all that's happened -- and continues to happen -- this year, Tim Lincecum will be in the Giants' postseason rotation somewhere. And he's grateful. (CSN Bay Area)

Way to go, Bill! (CSN Chicago)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville has lost Mike Marra -- again -- for the season. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
It's unanimous: Alabama's still No. 1. (AP)

GOLF
Does it get any worse than this? Hard to see how, says Randall Mell. (golfchannel.com)

And Tiger certainly didn't help. (golfchannel.com)

Nor did any of the veterans that Davis Love III selected expressly for moments like these. (AP)

In their moment of triumph, the Europeans remembered Seve. (AP)

HOCKEY
Nice that they're talking. Be nicer if they were talking about something that might actually end this thing. (AP)

Adam Oates and and the rest of the Capitals' coaching staff have found work during the lockout. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
LeBron James is downright frightened at how good he thinks the Heat can be. (AP)

File this under "The Rich Get Richer": Mike Miller says he's feeling better and stronger. (AP)

The Wizards are going to have to play the first month or so without John Wall. (AP)

But Chris Paul vows the Clippers won't have to play any games without him. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
Me, I always thought this "icing the kicker" stuff does nothing more than give a professional kicker two shots to make one attempt. That's what Andy Reid did to Lawrence Tynes last night . . . but luckily for Reid and the Eagles, Tynes missed 'em both. (AP)

And speaking of misses, Billy Cundiff's been conjuring memories of Missin' Sisson (remember him?) over the last nine months. Still, he saved the Redskins -- and probably his job -- by kicking the game-winning field goal with seven seconds to play. (CSN Washington)

Still undefeated: The Falcons (AP), Cardinals (AP) and Texans (AP).

Still winless: The Saints . . . (AP)

. . . even though they got plenty of help from the referees. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) But this time the Packers were able to overcome poor officiating.

Peyton's in town next week, and he's coming here on a high note. (AP)

Rex Ryan continues to insist Mark Sanchez is "the answer at quarterback" for the Jets. (Pro Football Talk) Makes you wonder: What's the question?

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.