Wakeup call: No loss of Hope; Phils become sellers

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Wakeup call: No loss of Hope; Phils become sellers

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, July 30:

BASEBALL
The Red Sox may have decided to become buyers at the trade deadline thanks to their successful weekend in New York. The Phillies had a disastrous three days in Atlanta, so it looks like they'll be sellers. (CSN Philly)

If Bob Lobel were still on Channel 4, you'd have heard an awful lot of "Why can't WE get players like that??!?" over the next decade or so. (CSN Chicago)

What do they say about being careful what you wish for, because it might come true? Marty Brennaman should have thought of that. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

If the Mets can't get Kelly Shoppach, they may settle for Geovany Soto. (Hardball Talk)

Not a bad Angels debut for Zack Greinke. (AP) All that was missing was a victory.

One play, three arguments in yesterday's Brewers-Nationals game. (Hardball Talk)

Yes, yes, that's the same Lew Ford who was in the Red Sox farm system in the late '90s. (CSN Baltimore)

Looks like Huston Street is staying put. (AP)

Ditto Chase Headley. (Hardball Talk)

That'll teach John Axford to compare Tim Tebow to Kim Kardashian. (NBC's Off The Bench)

BASKETBALL
The Timberwolves must be happy that their newest acquisition, Andrei Kirilenko, is "running like a young deer" in the Olympics. (AP) Just beware that's a self-assessment; real deer hunters have yet to be heard from.

FOOTBALL
Jeremy Shockey takes to Twitter to blast that "no it all Rog goodell" for -- in his opinion -- lying to players about the health effects of concussions. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) If Shockey, who's still a free agent, were a "no it all", he'd no (or know) that publicly wading into the radioactive legal area of concussions is probably going to vaporize any interest any team might have had in him.

Here we go again: Andre Johnson will be out for about a week because of a groin problem. (AP) At least it's not the hamstring (which cost him nine games last season) or the knee (which was operated on in the spring).

When Darrelle Revis sat out practice Sunday, speculation immediately arose that it was related to his contract. But no, he says it's just a "minor" hamstring thing. (AP)

New season, new approach for Ndamukong Suh. (AP)

It's the same old, same old for his coach, however. (Pro Football Talk)

Four more years for Chris Long. (AP)

And so begins the Andrew Luck Era in Indy. (AP)

Bill Belichick isn't the only NFL coach with disdain for the media. (CSN Bay Area)

HOCKEY
Goodbye, Columbus: Looks like other NHL players were urging Rick Nash to leave the Blue Jackets. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
Magic Johnson weighs in on the never-ending '92-vs.-'12 debate, saying Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and (maybe) Kevin Durant could have made the Dream Team. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk) Hey, at least it's not Dwightmare.

Let's hear it for free speech: Hope Solo won't be disciplined for her Twitter rant against Brandi Chastain. (NBC)

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.