Wakeup Call: A love affair sealed with a baseball

Wakeup Call: A love affair sealed with a baseball
August 5, 2014, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, August 5:

AUTO RACING

It's Jeff and Junior at the top of the heap, and NASCAR couldn't be happier. (AP)

BASEBALL

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton: Sealed with a baseball. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Angels shut out the Dodgers in the opener of the Freeway Series . . . (AP)

. . . as it looks like these Southern California neighbors are finally developing the rivalry that's never quite gotten any traction lo these many years. (Yahoo! Sports)

Brandon McCarthy continues to prove that not all the Yankees' pitching news is bad . . . (AP)

. . . all other evidence to the contrary. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Let the Javier Baez Era begin on the north side. (CSN Chicago)

And let the Bobby Abreu Era end in Queens. (Hardball Talk)

Is there a Jim Johnson-Orioles reunion in our future? (CSN Baltimore)

The Pirates' postseason chances take a hit with the news that MVP Andrew McCutcheon suffered a "serious" oblique strain on Sunday that could sideline him for as long as a month. The injury's in the basic area where he was hit by a pitch Saturday in retaliation for the Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt being hit in the wrist the night before -- resulting in a fracture that will end Goldschmidt's season -- but, despite some people connecting the dots, there's no hard evidence linking the oblique strain to the HBP. (Hardball Talk)

It's official, even though we all knew it was coming: Matt Cain's out for the year. (AP)

Brett Lawrie, on the other hand, returns to the Blue Jays tonight. (Hardball Talk)

Give Mets fans credit: Their taunting of Hunter Pence rises far above the normal "YOU SUCK!!!!" level of discourse. (Yahoo! Sports)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tom Izzo to Kenny Kaminski: You can't quit, you're fired! (NBC's College Basketball Talk) 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Remember that $10 million insurance policy Jameis Winston took out when he decided to stay at Florida State? The school's picking up part of the tab. (NBC's College Football Talk)

LSU reinstates junior safety Jalen Mills after his charge of second-degree battery is reduced to misdemeanor simple battery. Mills, a two-year starter, allegedly punched a woman near his apartment last May. (AP)

GOLF

So will the suddenly reinjured Tiger Woods play in this week's PGA Championship? Stay tuned. (golfchannel.com)

That back problem may be the final blow to his Ryder Cup hopes, too. (AP)

HOCKEY

Not sure this is a good thing, necessarily, but Oilers coach Dallas Eakins goes to Cowboys training camp and picks Jason Garrett's brain. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Much like 2010, the Blackhawks may have to start jettisoning pieces to stay under the salary cap. And they're looking at you, Patrick Sharp. (Pro Hockey Talk)

One of the reasons the 'Hawks are capped out is the big contract they gave to Patrick Kane. But at least he put some of that money to good use, renovating a locker room at one of his hometown arenas that hadn't been updated in 40 years. (CSN Chicago)

Sonny Milano, the Blue Jackets' first-round draft choice, is going to honor his commitment to Boston College. (Pro HockeyTalk)

PRO BASKETBALL

Sorry, conspiracy theorists: Andrew Wiggins Cavaliers jerseys, suddenly unavailable on the NBA online store, are merely sold out, not discontinued because of Wiggins' rumored impending trade to the Timberwolves. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) 

The Sixers reportedly are involved in that deal, too: They're allegedly sending Thaddeus Young to Minnesota and getting Andrew Bennett from Cleveland as part of the swap. (CSN Philly)

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap are cut by the U.S. Men's National team, which needs to drop four more players to get down to the roster limit of 12 for the World Cup of Basketball later this month. (AP)

The Lakers' trainer is convinced Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will turn back the clock next year. Not to say it won't happen, but, in these post-PED times, they'd be the first. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Suns' P.J. Tucker says he's "truly sorry" and will "examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again" after pleading guilty to "super extreme" driving under the influence and being sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL

Have Jon Bon Jovi and Donald Trump talked their way out of a chance to buy the Bills? (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Daniel Snyder just digs that hole deeper and deeper and deeper. (Pro Football Talk)

Welp, for all their talk about how Brian Hoyer's their guy, it didn't the Browns long to move Johnny Football into the No. 1 QB spot. Even if they won't come right out and say it. (AP)

The Bengals must like Andy Dalton a lot better than the rest of us. (AP)

David Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft choice in 2012, is following doctors' orders and retiring at age 23 because of a neck injury. (AP)

Jeremy Maclin suffered a season-ending ACL tear during a non-contact drill last year in training camp, so you can understand the concern when he came up lame during yesterday's practice. But he and the Eagles both claim he's fine. (CSN Philly)

The Broncos' Montee Ball undergoes an emergency appendectomy and won't be ready to play until at least the season opener. (AP)

Bears second-year wide receiver Marquess Wilson is out indefinitely after breaking his collarbone. (CSN Chicago)

The Jets choose a password for their players' iPads that isn't exactly going to be difficult for hackers to smoke out. (Pro Football Talk)

SOCCER

A championship is a championship, so -- even though this one isn't exactly steeped in tradition -- Manchester United is happy to win the International Champions Cup. (soccerly.com)

TENNIS

Next month's Israel Open, which would have been the first ATP event to be held in that country since 1996, is canceled because of the ongoing military conflict in the region. (AP)