Wakeup call: Have the Yanks ended the O's magic?


Wakeup call: Have the Yanks ended the O's magic?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 10:

The field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is set, thanks to Jeff Gordon. (AP)

The Yankees throw a bucket of water on the Oriole miracle. (AP)

And now Baltimore will have to try and overtake the Yanks without Nick Markakis. (CSN Baltimore)

But it looks like the Yankees are going to have to hold on without Mark Teixeira. (AP)

Twitter can be a tool for good. Just ask B.J. Upton. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And getting his wallet back was the end of a perfect day for B.J. (AP)

Who says Barry Zito was a free-agent bust? Not the Dodgers. (CSN Bay Area)

A reserve guard for Murray State decided to use his car to settle a dispute in a Wal-Mart parking lot, with predictable legal results. (AP)

The Big East may soon spread across four time zones, but the name's staying the same. (AP)

The fractured spine of Tulane defensive back Devon Walker was stabilized in surgery Sunday, but doctors say it's too soon to know if he'll be paralyzed from the injury he suffered in Saturday's game against Tulsa. (AP)

That'll teach Arkansas to lose to Louisiana-Monroe. (AP)

The Razorbacks' next opponent, No. 1 Alabama, thinks beating its latest cupcake (Western Kentucky) by only 35-0 shows the Crimson Tide are "pretty average . . . anytime we don't bring our best". (AP)

Rory McIlroy's for real. (AP)

Hakeem Olajuwon doesn't think super teams are good for the NBA. Kurt Helin of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk does . . . and he explains why.

Justin Timberlake's part of a group that's attempting to buy the Grizzlies. (AP)

Best Tweet of the day (and, sorry, I've forgotten its author): "Peyton shows rust from his layoff ThingsnoonewillbesayingMonday". (AP)

Aaron who? He's good, but he was no Alex Smith yesterday. (CSN Bay Area)

Move over Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski. Make room in the record books for David Akers. (CSN Bay Area)

So much for all that fretting about the Jets' offense. (AP)

If you had Mario Williams in the pool to pick the first player to whine about the replacement refs, congratulations! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It's like Adrian Peterson had never been away. (AP)

Hmm. Maybe there was something to all that insufferable RGIII hype. (CSN Washington)

Griffin's going to need some tips on how to survive in Washington and Alex Ovechkin's just the guy to help, if he does say so himself. (CSN Washington)

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win


Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Hernandez has chance at Red Sox opening day roster after Rutledge injury

Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.

Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack. 

The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)

Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.

A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.

Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.

An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.