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Wakeup call: Theo's quiet (though Zolak isn't) on Red Sox

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Wakeup call: Theo's quiet (though Zolak isn't) on Red Sox

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, August 15:

BASEBALL
"Dude, I'm not answering that question." And that, my friends, is just about all Theo has to say about the circus he once called home. (CSN Chicago)

Meanwhile, the Orioles, or at least some of their media (CSN Baltimore), are reveling -- though not at Scott Zolak levels (Twitter) -- in Boston's misery.

It took two weeks, but Zack Greinke finally has a win an Angel. (AP)

That's 27 innings -- and counting -- without a run for the Marlins. (AP)

CC who? The Yankees have Hiroki Kuroda. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
When the going gets tough, the tough . . . forfeit the game? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

Mike Aresco's task: Save the Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Uh, not so fast there on Tyrann Mathieu never again playing for LSU. (AP)

HOCKEY
The NHLPA has finally made its counterproposal. (AP) The players, said Sidney Crosby, "like it a lot". The owners? Well, we'll see.

One of their ideas: The ability to trade cap space. (NBC's Pro HockeyTalk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Just think: A few months ago, when the Heat seemed ready to be eliminated by the Pacers in the NBA quarterfinals, LeBron James was a national punchline. Now he has Hall of Fame coaches saying he's better than Michael Jordan. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Ira Winderman points out that Dwight Howard isn't the only reason the Lakers "are far, far better than they were last season". (NBC) Oh, joy.

PRO FOOTBALL
I don't know what an "arthroscopic debridement" is, but it may keep Brian Urlacher out of the Bears' opener. (CSN Chicago)

Chad Johnson's 41-day marriage is over. (AP)

A blood clot in his left calf will sideline Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers for the season. (AP)

SOCCER
Soccer must pay better than I thought if Hope Solo can afford a 1.2 million bachelorette pad. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Pomeranz, Price, Pedroia make health progress

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Pomeranz, Price, Pedroia make health progress

CLEVELAND — There was positive news for a trio of injured Red Sox players on Monday, including Wednesday’s scheduled starter, Drew Pomeranz. 

The lefty threw a side session at Progressive Field before the Red Sox began a four-game series with the Indians and came out of it feeling well. He’s on track to make his next start after his last one was cut short because of lower back spasms.

Back in Boston, meanwhile, Dustin Pedroia and David Price both took steps forward. Price threw from flat ground out to about 60 feet, manager John Farrell said, while Pedroia did agility drills.

“He went through some functional work, some change of direction, some lateral work,” Farrell said of Pedroia. “He did run on the altered-G treadmill which reduces some of the normal body weight. So it was a productive day for him.”

Mitch Moreland was initially in Monday’s lineup but was scratched for Brock Holt. Moreland went through concussion testing and passed after an awkward play at first base in the eighth inning yesterday, when Brock Holt made an excellent diving play in the hole. Holt threw on to Moreland at first base and Moreland stretched awkwardly into the base line of an oncoming Brett Gardner. 

“He was a little bit out of position there on the collision with Gardner,” Farrell said. “He took a forearm to the back, to the neck, the back of the head. He went through the whole concussion protocol. He passed that. He’s sore. Was able to get on a treadmill and run for 10-12 minutes. He passed all those tests but felt like with the recommendations from our medical staff we would give him a day to get over it. 

CSNNE SCHEDULE

MLB umpires end protest, will meet with Manfred

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MLB umpires end protest, will meet with Manfred

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called "abusive player behavior" after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.

Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday's games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and "just needs to go away."

The World Umpires Association announced Sunday in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns.

"To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wrist bands pending the requested meeting," the organization posted on Twitter.

Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez last Monday in Texas after being called out on strikes. The next day, Kinsler sharply criticized Hernandez, saying the umpire was "messing" with games "blatantly."

"No, I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is. ... I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line," Kinsler said.

Kinsler was fined, but the umpires' union felt he should have been suspended.

"The Office of the Commissioner's lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers. It's `open season' on umpires, and that's bad for the game," the WUA said in a release on Saturday.