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Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors


Wakeup Call: Forget those Big Papi-to-Baltimore rumors

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, October 16:

Plan for at least eight more years of NASCAR on FOX. (AP)

Those Big Papi-to-Baltimore whispers? Rich Dubroff says to forget 'em. (CSN Baltimore)

The Giants aren't real happy with Matt Holliday's injury-causing takeout slide on old friend Marco Scutaro. (CSN Bay Area)

Holliday says his slide may have been late -- and he's sorry for that -- but it wasn't dirty. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Bull, responds ex-Giants pitcher and current team announcer Mike Krukow. (CSN Bay Area)

Beware, Cards: Former Giant, and all-the-time intensity machine, Will Clark says there are 'ways to get even'. (CSN Bay Area)

Down 0-2 and still reeling from the loss of Derek Jeter, the Yankees need a break, wouldn't you say? But facing Justin Verlander tonight probably ain't it. (AP)

Joe Girardi left the Yanks for a day to attend his father's funeral. (AP)

Dusty Baker's staying in Cincinnati for at least two more years. (AP)

Despite four exciting matchups, all of which went the full five games, ratings for the Division Series were down 11 percent from last year. (AP)

Sgt. Krzyzewski, reporting for duty. (AP)

Looking for a college championship ring, or an Olympic gold medal? Has Bobby Knight got a deal for you! (AP)

Texas Tech's 49-14 rout of No. 5 West Virginia was especially sweet for the Red Raiders' Cody Davis, who called the Mountaineers "by FAR the cockiest and most selfish team I have ever seen." (NBC's College Football Talk)

And the good news just keeps on coming in Lubbock: Linebacker Daniel Cobb has been cleared of a felony burglary charge. (AP)

Uh, Mack? A few more like last week, and the choice to retire won't be yours. (AP)

Just like it's not John L. Smith's up in Arkansas. (College Football Talk)

And it won't be Dave Christensen's at Wyoming if he continues the "provocative postgame conduct" that got him reprimanded by the Mountain West Conference. (AP)

While you were taking a comfort break and refilling your snack plate at halftime last night, Phil Mickelson was raising 50,000 for charity. (AP)

Like every other aspect of his labor "strategy", it appears Gary Bettman's attempts to divide the players has backfired. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Meanwhile, another set of certain-to-be-productive negotiations are scheduled for today. (AP)

A tip of the hat to Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk, the newest members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP)

For the first time in 55 years, there was a major-league sporting event in Brooklyn Monday night. And the Nets made it a happy occasion for all concerned . . . except maybe the Wizards. And the folks they left behind in New Jersey. (AP)

Dirk Nowitzski is hoping to avoid knee surgery, but he may have no choice. (AP)

The selling of arena naming rights reaches a new low in Sacramento. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Olympic gold medal winner Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx, who plans to wed her longtime partner soon, speaks out against Minnesota's proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (AP)

A tale of two halves: Peyton Manning soared . . . (AP)

. . . and Philip Rivers stumbled as the Broncos overcame a 24-0 halftime deficit for a 35-24 win over the Chargers. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

If Ray Lewis' career -- as well as his season -- really is over, he leaves with the respect of his peers. (CSN Baltimore)

Another Texan bites the dust: Tim Jamison is out for the year. (CSN Houston)

Jonathan Vilma's taking his Bountygate grievances to court. (AP)

And in the meantime, he prepares for a possible return to the field. (AP)

Another of the Bountygate principles, Scott Fujita, has bigger worries: He may have a career-ending neck injury. (AP)

If you're not one of the 'Boys, Dez Bryant doesn't care what you think. (Pro Football Talk)

Drellich: Devers is a keeper, even with the addition of Nunez


Drellich: Devers is a keeper, even with the addition of Nunez

BOSTON -- The cherub stays.

There's no way Rafael Devers is headed back to Triple-A before the homestand starts Friday, right, Dave Dombrowski? Not for the newly acquired Eduardo Nunez, who's a fine player but has nowhere near the offensive upside of Devers, the 20-year-old phenom you just rushed to the big leagues.


You probably weren't really considering sending Devers straight back, were you now, Dave? Sometime in the 3 o'clock hour Eastern time on Wednesday morning (after a 13-inning, 6-5 loss to the Mariners), you did tell reporters in Seattle that you would need to sit down with manager John Farrell to figure out the plan at third base from here.

Likely, you're just making sure your ducks are in a row. That Nunez himself has a chance to shake hands with you, and gets to hear straight from you what he'll be doing.

That's fair. But let's be doubly sure we're on the same page.

As long as something else doesn't happen between now and then -- no other trades for third basemen, no injuries -- Devers must at least platoon at third unless he shows he can't handle it. Nunez bats right, Devers left.

But it wouldn't be crazy to let Devers have the bulk of the playing time, either, and use Nunez to spell Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia. Or simply have him come off the bench.

Devers didn't look overmatched in his very first big-league game Tuesday night. On the contrary, he was patient at the plate, drawing the walk that started a sixth-inning rally against Felix Hernandez. (King Felix is quite the draw for a someone making his major-league debut, we should note.) He looked like a happy kid, and sounded like one after the game.

"For me it's just going out there and playing my brand of baseball and having fun out there," Devers told reporters through translator Daveson Perez. "That's what I was trying to do and I think I did that."

Devers finished 0-for-4 with a pair of walks, one strikeout and a run scored. He didn't make any errors and looked smooth and quick, his athleticism shining through some baby fat.

Dombrowski spoke during the last homestand about the lack of league-norm production at third base. Nunez can bring that, if nothing more. He is, at a position that's had no certainty, some form of certainty. A stable piece that can help out around the infield and has valuable versatility.

But Nunez is not what the Sox need most: A bopper.

Devers has pop. The chances he blossoms this year are not in his favor because he is the youngest player in the majors. But it would be a most strange and almost cruel choice to call the kid up for two days and then decide you don't need him because of Nunez, who entered Tuesday with the same OPS as Mitch Moreland (.745).

If you're the glass-is-half-full-type, the first four-game losing streak of the season for the Red Sox was numbed by a third-base situation that's been upgraded twofold. Let's assume the Sox know how to best deploy the two from here -- in the big leagues together, until shown a reason to change course.

Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5


Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5

SEATTLE -- Guillermo Heredia provided the early punch with a home run, then turned an extra 90 feet into the winning run for the Seattle Mariners some four hours later.

Heredia went from first to third on a wild pitch and then came home when Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

"In my opinion, the biggest play in the game was him going from first to third on the wild pitch, keeping his up head up there and taking the extra base, which allowed him to score the winning run," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "A lot of crazy plays in that game, but it says a lot about the effort of our ballclub."

Mitch Haniger walked with one out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning, and was forced at second on Ben Gamel's fielder's choice. Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura's roller behind second, but his off-balance throw was way late.

"Obviously, I didn't know right away. I was aggressive on the play," Heredia said through a translator. "Once I looked back at the catcher, he was a little careless on it, I took off for third."

The Red Sox, who stranded two runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two outs off Tony Zych (5-2).

"Our bullpen did a great job of extending it, we had opportunities throughout, we fight back from 3-0, unfortunately the ending is what it is," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "It's a tough loss, particularly the way we've scuffled offensively for a period of time now."

Zunino opened the seventh inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.

The Red Sox capitalized on a sudden loss of command by starter Felix Hernandez for three runs in the sixth to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Highly touted prospect Rafael Devers, making his debut, walked to open the inning and Andrew Benintendi drew a one-out walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and Dustin Pedroia followed with a two-run double. Pedroia advanced on Ramirez's flyout and came home on Bradley Jr.'s single.

Heredia's three-run homer off starter Drew Pomeranz staked the Mariners to a 3-0 lead in the second.

Ramirez cut it to 3-1 in the fourth with 17th home run, a two-out shot to left.

"We knew it was going to be a tight game. It got a little longer than we expected, but we'll take it," Servais said.

The 20-year-old Devers, who began the season at Double-A and then was called up Monday after just nine games at Triple-A Pawtucket, flied out to center in his first at-bat, walked, hit into a double play in the seventh, and walked again in the ninth. He struck out in the 11th to end the inning with the go-ahead run at third and flied out to center to end the 13th. He finished 0 for 4 with two walks.

"In the first inning I was very nervous, but thank God I was able to get my feet under me," Devers said through a translator. "For me, it's just going out there and playing my brand of baseball and having fun out there, that's what I was trying to do and I think I did that. I'm not happy that we lost, but I'm happy for my first big-league game.


Boston acquired INF-OF Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league RHPs Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos, GM Dave Dombrowski announced mid-game. Nunez, 30, hit .308 with 20 doubles, four home runs, and 31 RBI in 76 games for the Giants this season.


Dombrowski also announced several moves following the game. LHP Luis Ysla, currently at Double-A Portland, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. RHP Blaine Boyer is expected to be activated off the 10-day DL (right elbow strain) on Wednesday. ... RHP Ben Taylor is scheduled to be placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Sunday.


Red Sox: RHP Joe Kelly, on the 10-day DL (left hamstring strain) is getting closer to returning. "That was an encouraging bullpen by Joe today, 25 pitches, 80 to 85 percent," manager John Farrell said. "His next bullpen will be on Friday when we get back home, so he's making pretty good progress." Kelly likely will need at one least rehab outing before returning, Farrell said.

Mariners: CF Jarrod Dyson, who sustained a hyperextended toe when crashing into the wall Saturday, missed his third straight game, but was improving.


Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (12-4, 2.58) closes out the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Sale has gone at least six innings in all but one of his 20 starts. He has not allowed an earned run in three of his last four starts. Sale leads the AL with 200 strikeouts.

Mariners: RHP Andrew Moore (1-2, 5.70) has not won in four starts since a victory in his debut on June 22. Moore, the Mariners' second-round pick in 2015, has allowed nine home runs in 30 innings.