Wakeup call: Say hello to your (tied for) first-place Orioles

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Wakeup call: Say hello to your (tied for) first-place Orioles

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, September 5:

BASEBALL
Derek Jeter describes blowing a 10-game lead in 47 days as "scuffling a little bit". (AP) Yeah, we've been scuffling a little bit up here, too, Jetes.

Meanwhile, the Orioles -- as in, the tied-for-first-place Orioles (yes, it's still okay to shake your head in disbelief) -- are "just having a good time," says Mark Reynolds. (AP)

And now just about everyone in baseball is looking forward to the four-game series between the Yanks and O's this weekend at Camden Yards. (CSN Baltimore)

Pitching in the major leagues at age 50? Even Roger Clemens thinks that's a stretch. (NBC's Hardball Talk) But at 51 . . . ?

Keith Hernandez and his mustache are back in the news. (Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Stories are seeping out about Billy Gillispie, and none of them are good. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Yo, Steve Sarkasian: It's just their nickname. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Notre Dame isn't done punishing Allen Pinkett just yet. (College Football Talk)

USC didn't cover the 40-point spread against Hawaii -- the Trojans only won by 39 -- so the AP voters promptly replaced them with Alabama at the top of their poll. (AP)

Defending itself in the Jerry Sandusky scandal has cost Penn State 16.8 million . . . and counting. (AP)

GOLF
Now that we know who's on the Ryder Cup team, let's take a guess at the pairings. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
Wayne Gretzky's lifelong dream was to play a game in Russia. Sort of a strange dream if you ask me, but he's finally getting the chance. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

We'll talk, say the players. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Well, talk amongst yourselves then, say the owners. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Dwyane Wade says he's ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
On the day of the season opener, the Patriots are ranked No. 3 in NBC's Pro Football Talk's power rankings.

Having already notched Tom Brady, Wes Welker (sort of) and Rob Gronkowski (also kind of sort of) on his belt, Bernard Pollard is taking aim at A.J. Green. (CSN Baltimore) So much for the kinder, gentler NFL.

Redskins receiver Josh Morgan thinks RGIII is a hybrid of Michael Vick, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. (Pro Football Talk) And just imagine how good he'll be after he actually plays a couple of games, eh, Josh?

The Vikings will decide Saturday whether or not to play Adrian Peterson in the season opener. (AP)

The NFLPA is investigating Drew Rosenhaus. (Pro Football Talk)

And it won't let Bountygate die. (AP)

Yes, that's Chad Ochojohnson refusing to give up the ghost. (Pro Football Talk)

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

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.