Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

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Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 16:

BASEBALL
Who would've thought Dale Sveum would be better off managing the 2012 Cubs instead of the 2012 Red Sox? (CSN Chicago)

After Felix Hernandez' perfect game, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik jokingly held his cellphone to his ear and said, "No, we're not trading Felix" in the crowded press elevator heading down the field level. (AP) But Matthew Pouliot believes Jack ought to re-think that. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Double-A Jackson Generals sure got a big kick out of King Felix's perfecto. (Hardball Talk)

Goodbye, Melky . . . and goodbye, playoffs? (Hardball Talk)

Ray Ratto says it's put-up-or-shut-up time for Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

Cabrera's teammates were predictably shocked and stunned at his suspension. (CSN Bay Area)

Oh, and forget about bringing in Alfonso Soriano as a replacement. (CSN Chicago)

Theo's starting to put his imprint on the Cubs . . . at the expense of some long-time employees. (CSN Chicago)

Count Buck Showalter among those who think the Nationals are doing the right thing with Stephen Strasburg. (CSN Baltimore) Of course, he may be looking ahead to a Baltimore-Washington showdown in October.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Mike Aresco channels his inner Kevin Bacon ("Stay calm! All is well!") when discussing the Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
According to excerpts of Joe Posnanski's book published in GQ, Joe Paterno "sobbed uncontrollably" when he was fired as Penn State football coach. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Alabama tries to beat the NCAA to the punch. (AP)

Vultures should move so quickly. (AP)

GOLF
Only a matter of time before someone lined up a Tiger WoodsRory McIlroy showdown. (AP)

HOCKEY
NHL labor talks have gone from cautious optimism to warnings about worst-case scenarios. (CSN Chicago) Really, with Bettman and crew involved, did you expect anything else?

OLYMPICS
Bet you didn't know Jerry Garcia, of all people, had a hand in helping create the 1992 U.S. Dream Team. And via Lithuania, no less. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Andrew Bynum says he's "leaning toward making Philadelphia my home". (AP)

And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks that's a good place for him. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, Rex Ryan is toning it down . . . a little. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

A "slightly lacerated" spleen has Jason Witten questionable for the Cowboys' opener. (AP)

James Harrison's opening day status is similarly cloudy, though due to a more traditional injury. (AP)

But Adrian Peterson? He's playing. (AP)

Try as he might, Chad Johnson couldn't convince Joe Philbin to keep him around. (AP)

SOCCER
She saidhe said? Why aren't I surprised Hope Solo is involved? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS
There's be no Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows this year. (AP)

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

Rodriguez continues strong stretch as Red Sox blank Seattle, 3-0

BOSTON -- The Red Sox scored runs in bunches in tallying four consecutive victories. They leaned on pitching and defense to earn their latest.

Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners for their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third win in a row for Rodriguez (4-1), who gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

"I just go out there and pitch," Rodriguez said. "I'm never really thinking about numbers. I just go out there and throw my pitches and do the best I can do."

That effort is producing one of the best stretches of his three-year career.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span. He hasn't allowed a run in 10 innings and only 11 runs in his last 49 1/3 innings. His ERA is just 2.01 over that same period.

"He was amazing," Jackie Bradley Jr. said. "Put zeroes on the board all night long. And he made the big pitch when he needed to."

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Manager John Farrell said his 24-year-old pitcher is in a "very good place" right now.

"He was powerful tonight," he said. "It's just a matter of his abilities coming together. This has always been an extremely talented young guy. We've talked about his maturity, we've talked about his progression. It's been on display here for a good number of starts consecutively."

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs.

"The whole night obviously wasn't consistent," he said.

Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help defensively. Bradley had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBIs in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

MISSING: OFFENSE

Mariners manager Scott Servais said they are doing everything they can to find production from an offense that has gone missing.

"Offensively, we struggled to put innings together. That's kind of been the story here for the last week or so, we just haven't gotten the line moving at all, for whatever reason," he said. "Guys are frustrated by it, we all are. We know we're better than that, offensively. It's not happening right now."

Seattle was held scoreless for the fourth time this season.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his first major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

MARINERS
Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP