Wakeup call: Does it get any worse than this?


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:

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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?

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4


Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 


Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.