Wakeup Call: At last, Beckett's a winner again

Wakeup Call: At last, Beckett's a winner again
May 14, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, May 14:

AUTO RACING

HScott Motorsports grounds Justin Allgaier after the rookie driver crashes in three of his last four races. (AP)

Six months after it was purchased by NASCAR, the Iowa Speedway is set to reopen. (AP)

BASEBALL

Old friend Josh Beckett wins his first game since 2012. (AP)

The diagnosis is in: Carlos Beltran has a bone spur in his elbow . . . and that could mean a trip to the surgeon. (AP)

This diagnosis is in, too, and -- as feared -- it ain't good: Jose Fernandez has a "significant" tear in his right elbow and Tommy John surgery has been recommended. (AP)

If Fernandez has the operation, he'll join this list of pitchers who've done the Tommy John since the end of last season: Matt Harvey, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, A.J. Griffin, Ivan Nova and top prospect Jameson Taillon. It's an epidemic, and no one seems to know why it's happening or how to stop it. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Rays were confident their doubleheader sweep at Fenway a few weeks ago would turn their season around . . . except it didn't. Now they're saying the same thing about last night's come-from-behind win over the Mariners, in which David Price went the distance and struck out 12. (AP)

Did you know the Mets -- who completed a two-game sweep at Yankee Stadium with a 12-7 victory in a four-hour slogfest that was the talk of Twitter (and not in a good way) -- have now won six straight against the Yanks? (AP)

Yankee Universe turn its lonely eyes to Chase Whitley, who'll make his MLB debut against the Mets at Citi Field tomorrow. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Old friend Pedro Ciriaco is back with the Royals. (AP)

And top prospect Kevin Gausman is back with the Orioles. (CSN Baltimore)

South Jersey native Mike Trout, a Phillies fan growing up -- in fact, he tailgated in the parking lot when the Phils won the World Series against the Rays in 2008 -- was thrilled with the standing ovation he received from the fans during his first game at Citizens Bank Park, a 4-3 Angels victory. (CSN Philly)

As a predictor of future greatness, this list would impress me more if Sam Horn wasn't on it. (Hardball Talk)

It was shocking to see umpire Paul Nauert touch Torii Hunter in the face while trying to calm Hunter down during some Orioles-Tigers contretemps the other night, but Hunter says Neuert is "my guy" and "I've known him too long" to be upset. (Hardball Talk)

Wait a minute. I was at Citi Field on Sunday and some members of my family ate at Shake Shack. Are they going to get sick, too? (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Yale's Brandon Sherrod is giving up basketball -- at least for a year -- to join the Whiffenpoofs. (AP)

Darius Paul's recent arrest on underage drinking and resisting arrest charges earns him a season-long suspension from Illinois. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

The ACC, perhaps goaded by the TV gods, is moving its championship game to Saturday night. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Rutgers kicks quarterback Phillip Nelson off the team after his arrest on an assault charge that left a former Minnesota State-Mankato linebacker in critical condition. (AP)

One of the four Georgia players nabbed for illegal cash-checking, wide receiver Uriah LeMay, is transferring. (AP)

It will now be "The Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual," if you don't mind. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Boise State is looking for a waiver to help a homeless player. (College Football Talk)

South Florida "accepts the resignation" -- i.e., fires -- strength-and-conditioning coach Hans Straub, who dissed the 49ers on Twitter for drafting USF linebacker Aaron Lynch. (CSN Bay Area)

GOLF

Adam Scott's skipping the Byron Nelson Classic, and why not? No matter what happens this weekend, he's moving up to the No. 1 position in the world golf rankings. (AP)

HOCKEY

The Rangers complete their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit with a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh that catapults them into the Eastern Conference Finals and may lead to the breakup of the disappointing, underachieving Penguins. (AP) 

The first Penguin heads to roll could be those of coach Dan Bylsma and GM Ray Shero. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Could this actually be New York's year? (Pro Hockey Talk)

Out West, the Blackhawks get back to the Finals with a 2-1, overtime win in Minnesota that gives them a 4-2 series triumph over the Wild. (CSN Chicago)

Patrick Kane ended the Wild's season in the blink of an eye, and they still can't believe it. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Kirk Muller didn't stay unemployed very long. (Pro Hockey Talk)

He may soon be joined in St. Louis by Jason Spezza. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Scott Gordon, a Massachusetts native who played at Boston College and was a coach with the Providence Bruins for eight years, doesn't have many good things to say about the Maple Leaf players after being fired as a Toronto assistant. (Pro Hockey Talk)

The NHL continues to sniff around in Seattle. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov breaks his arm while playing for Russia in the World Hockey Championships, and will soon be returning stateside to get it fixed. (Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS

The latest defense witness didn't do Oscar Pistorius any favors. (Yahoo! Sports)

PRO BASKETBALL

Unlike Donald Sterling, Magic Johnson knows public relations. So he's taking the high road -- including a promise to pray for the Clippers' owner -- as this smelly incident continues to unfold. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

One person, at least, was impressed with Sterling's disaster of an interview with Anderson Cooper: Gilbert Arenas. (Pro Basketball Talk)

But the rest of the players aren't, if the report that LeBron James will lead a league-wide player boycott if the Sterlings aren't gone from the Clippers by the start of next season can be believed. (Pro Basketball Talk)

More contention in Clipper Land, only this time it's on the court: Doc Rivers tears into the referees -- and will no doubt be hit with a huge fine by the NBA -- after the Thunder benefits from a controversial call in the final seconds and rallies for a Game 5 victory over L.A. (Yahoo! Sports)

Doc's wrath even brushed the Thunder's owner. (Yahoo! Sports)

Here: You be the judge. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Just when you thought they were out, the Wizards pull themselves back into their series against the Pacers with a stunning Game 5 rout in Indiana. (CSN Washington)

And just when you thought questions about the Pacers had been quieted . . . (Pro Basketball Talk)

Stan Van Gundy, whose name was suddenly being bandied about in connection with several open coaching jobs, is taking over as coach and president of basketball operations with the Pistons. (AP)

The Cavs' GM emphatically denies that Kyrie Irving had anything to do with the firing of coach Mike Brown. (AP)

Last year's top overall pick, Anthony Bennett, undergoes surgery to correct a sleep disorder. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Suns guard Archie Goodwin is arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

It sounds like Andre Johnson wants out of Houston. Hmm, what team do we know in need of an impact wide receiver . . . ? (CSN Houston)

The Texans sound surprised to hear Johnson wants to leave. Which probably means they haven't made any plans to replace him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

In happier news, Michael Sam says St. Louis "feels like home." (AP)

But it doesn't appear Jacksonville will be Justin Blackmon's home much longer. (AP)

Yes, he's only a seventh-round pick. But Sam says he's "determined to be great." (Yahoo! Sports)

Mindful of the national media circus that set up its tents wherever Tim Tebow went during his brief, vagabond NFL career, the Browns are only allowing local reporters to cover Johnny Football's pro debut in their rookie minicamp. (Pro Football Talk)

Hey, Browns, at least those guys are interested in being there. Teddy Bridgewater isn't sorry you snubbed him because Cleveland was "not the place where I wanted to be." (Pro Football Talk)

Richard Sherman thinks he's the best corner in football. Why, then, are the Seahawks paying him less than the Browns are paying Joe Haden? (AP)

Haden's contract catches the eye of Patrick Peterson, who's in negotiations of his own with the Cardinals. (Pro Football Talk)

Greg Hardy, the Panthers' Pro Bowl defensive end, is arrested for domestic assault. (AP)

The NFL may "significantly increase" the threshold for a positive marijuana test, and lower the penalty for pot, in the new drug policy being negotiated with the NFLPA. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

The red-hot Revs make it to the No. 4 spot in PST's weekly MLS Rankings. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)