Wakeup Call: Don't call us, boys, we'll call you

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Wakeup Call: Don't call us, boys, we'll call you

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, October 17:

AUTO RACING
Dale Earnhardt Jr. visits a concussion specialist as he works to get back on the track. (AP)

NASCAR makes some rules changes that it calls "a big win for our fans." (AP)

BASEBALL
When Joe Girardi benches you, you stay benched . . . no matter what. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Marco Scutaro's laughing about his takeout by Matt Holliday, which has to be a good sign. (CSN Bay Area)

Word to the wise, Matt: Be loose up there tonight. (Hardball Talk)

So what's Stephen Strasburg been doing since the Nationals shut him down? Pretty much what you'd expect any 24-year-old to be doing. (CSN Washington)

R.I.P. Eddie Yost, who was the Red Sox' third-base coach in the late '70s and early '80s. (Hardball Talk)

Ozzie Smith -- apparently taking a page from the Bobby Knight book -- is putting his 13 Gold Gloves and two World Series rings up for auction. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Steve Lavin is fully recovered from prostate cancer surgery and back on the bench at St. John's. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Holly Warlick says she's embracing the challenge of replacing Pat Summitt. (AP)

Geno Auriemma's setting bar pretty high at Connecticut. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Charlie Weis has decided -- 125 years of evidence to the contrary be damned -- that two quarterbacks are better than one. (NBC's College Football Talk)

The referees who decided that Stepfan Taylor never made it to the end zone Saturday, giving Notre Dame a victory over Stanford, were backed up Tuesday by their boss. (AP)

Not yet, Everett. Not yet. (AP)

The Sandusky scandal will cost Penn State AD Tim Curley his job. (AP)

Now it appears Tyrann Mathieu could be in trouble with the NCAA. (AP)

Sorry, North Carolina. You're too good for Minnesota. (AP)

HOCKEY
Like me, the players are taking back all those nasty things they've been saying about Gary Bettman. At least a little. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
If it makes you feel any better about the Celtics, the Lakers are 0-4 and questions about their depth are surfacing. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Well, that didn't work out so well, did it, Mike? (AP)

What's the reason for Juan Castillo's firing in Philadelphia? Here are five of them. (CSN Philly)

Aaron Rodgers' big night in San Diego didn't come without a cost. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The 49ers will have a new stadium by 2016 and they'd love to celebrate by hosting that year's Super Bowl, a.k.a. Super Bowl L. (CSN Bay Area)

Looks like they've got a shot at it, too. (Pro Football Talk)

Excuse me? Patrick Willis? When you answer criticism by pulling out the old "What does he know? He never played the game?" card, you really should find out first a) whether or not the guy actually did play the game, and b) whether or not he played it better than you. (Pro Football Talk)

There are some things Troy Polamalu just won't do . . even for a Super Bowl championship. (Pro Football Talk)

And there are some behaviors the Steelers just won't tolerate, as rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu discovered. (AP)

James Harrison says his new padded helmet is protecting him from concussion-like symptoms. (AP)

Speaking of concussions, Matt Cassel's been cleared for non-contact practice. (AP)

The hits never stop for Kevin Kolb. (AP)

The NFL's decided to make not one, but two trips to London next year. (AP)

At last! Someone younger than 50 will perform a Super Bowl halftime show. (NBC's Off The Bench)

SOCCER
With its 3-1 win over Guatemala, the U.S. is one step closer toward its seventh consecutive World Cup berth. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.