Wakeup Call: RGIII makes a Giant impression, even in defeat

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Wakeup Call: RGIII makes a Giant impression, even in defeat

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, October 22:

BASEBALL
Is this starting to look like the Giants' year, or what? (CSN Bay Area)

Game 7 against the Cardinals certainly seems to be tilting in their favor. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Still, it's not like the Cards haven't been here before. (AP)

Whichever one of them gets to the World Series, Jose Valverde will be ready. (AP)

And the hits just keep on coming for the Yankees: Now CC Sabathia's going to have his elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews. (AP)

The Marlins' dismantling continues, as they dispatch Heath Bell to Arizona. (AP)

With old friend John Farrell headed to Boston, old friend DeMarlo Hale could be headed to Toronto to replace him. (CSN Baltimore)

Ramiro Mendoza? Pitching in the World Baseball Classic? There's hope for Rich Garces yet! (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Some changes in the BCS standings. (AP)

Not in the AP Top 25 poll, though. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
I can see Rick Pitino punishing Chane Behanan by making him sitting out a game. But banning him from talking to the media? (AP)

The son of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, assistant coach Saul Smith, is on indefinite unpaid leave after a DUI arrest. (AP)

HOCKEY
They're talking. Just not negotiating. (AP)

And why should they? The NHL has basically said we're not moving off our last offer. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

With the season in limbo, some NHL players are starting to get in a little trouble. (CSN Bay Area)

PRO BASKETBALL
Dwight Howard "actually shed a couple of tears" in the moments before his Laker debut. It was Laker fans who were crying afterwards, as Howard's 19-point, 12-rebound performance couldn't stop L.A. from dropping to 0-6 in the exhibition season. (AP)

A ruptured benign cyst in his left knee will keep Amare Stoudemire out of the Knicks' lineup for two to three weeks. (AP)

Stephen Curry, meanwhile, is sidelined with a routine old ankle sprain. (AP)

Tamika Catchings can finally add a WNBA title to her list of achievenments, as she and her Indiana teammates defeated Minnesota for the championship. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
One man's treasure . . . (CSN Houston)

. . . is another man's trash. (CSN Baltimore)

RGIII made a believer out of the Giants, even in defeat. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Steelers didn't have a lot, but they had enough to beat the Bengals. (AP)

Even though Jonathan Vilma's return didn't do much for the Saints' defense, Drew Brees was, well, Drew Brees in New Orleans' victory over the Bucs. (AP)

And as Bountygate drags on and on, now the NFLPA is just saying no to Paul Tagliabue, too. (AP)

Chuck Armstrong's out of the hospital, and he watched the Colts' win over the Browns at home (Pro Football Talk)

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”