Wakeup Call: Not so fast on trading A-Rod

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Wakeup Call: Not so fast on trading A-Rod

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, October 19.

BASEBALL
Time for The Blame Game in New York. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And no one's getting more of it than A-Rod . . . though trading him might not be such a good idea. (Hardball Talk)

If only he'd listened to Kobe. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Maybe it was just because they played the Yankees, but the Tigers sure look good heading into the World Series. (nbcsports.com)

The Freak was The Dud for the Giants, who are now in a big hole to the Cardinals. (AP)

Bo Porter says he's "all in" as the new manager of the Astros. (CSN Houston)

BOXING
Gay boxer Orlando Cruz is scheduled to fight Friday night for the first time since coming out. (AP via nbcsports.com)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 2 Oregon passed its first true road test of the year with flying colors. (AP)

That was a nice little offensive night for SMU, eh? (AP)

Looks like Vanderbilt is a Big Ten-free Zone. (AP)

Notre Dame says Everett Golson's availability Saturday will be a game-time decision. (AP)

As expected, South Carolina suspended defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles for Saturday's game at Florida. However, he wasn't expected to play anyway because of a shoulder injury. (AP)

Jerry Sandusky's still fighting. (AP)

HOCKEY
Didn't look that way to us either, Sidney. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

But no, Shane, we wouldn't go that far. (Pro Hockey Talk)

What do the players want in the end? They want their contracts honored. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
LeBron James to the Lakers (eventually)? Kurt Helin says it's unlikely, both now "and a couple of NBA lifetimes from now." (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Dwyane Wade looks fine. (AP)

Well, well. Look who's finally ready to play. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And we have Gangnam-style dancing to thank. (Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
The 49ers win ugly over the Seahawks. (AP)

Yeah, I was wondering this myself. (CSN Bay Area)

The NFLPA wants to know -- in court -- why the NFL is so worked up over Bountygate when it didn't seem to have any problem with Reggie White's "smash-for-cash" program in 1996. (AP)

Once Dean Pees escaped Fort Belichick and was allowed to speak freely, we discovered he could say some pretty interesting things. (CSN Baltimore)

An autopsy report confirms that Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, died of an accidental heroin overdose. (CSN Philly)

Jason Pierre-Paul warns that RGIII better not run on his side Sunday. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Terrell Suggs says, yeah, he just might play this week. (AP)

Come on, Nate. You know they wouldn't have hit you for 10 grand if it was a Super Soaker. (Pro Football Talk)

TENNIS
Tommy Haas? 500 career wins? Really? (AP)

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK - There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

While the union has resisted many of MLB's proposed innovations, such as raising the bottom of the strike zone, installing pitch clocks and limiting trips to the mound, players are willing to accept the intentional walk change.

"As part of a broader discussion with other moving pieces, the answer is yes," union head Tony Clark wrote Wednesday in an email to The Associated Press. "There are details, as part of that discussion, that are still being worked through, however."

The union's decision was first reported by ESPN .

"I'm OK with it. You signal. I don't think that's a big deal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "For the most part, it's not changing the strategy, it's just kind of speeding things up. I'm good with it."

There were 932 intentional walks last year, including 600 in the National League, where batters are walked to bring the pitcher's slot to the plate.

"You don't want to get your pitcher out of a rhythm, and when you do the intentional walk, I think you can take a pitcher out of his rhythm," Girardi said. "I've often wondered why you don't bring in your shortstop and the pitcher stand at short. Let the shortstop walk him. They're used to playing catch more like that than a pitcher is."

Agreement with the union is required for playing rules changes unless MLB gives one year advance notice, in which case it can unilaterally make alterations. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope Tuesday that ongoing talks would lead to an agreement on other changes but also said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Some changes with video review can be made unilaterally, such as shortening the time to make a challenge.

"I know they were thinking about putting in a 30-second (limit) for managers to make a decision," Francona said. "I actually wish they would. I think it would hustle it up and if we can't tell in 30 seconds, maybe we shouldn't be doing it anyway."