Wakeup call: Welcome back, boys

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Wakeup call: Welcome back, boys

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, September 28:

BASEBALL
The Yankees aren't in yet. (AP)

That's eight in a row for the Rays. (AP) And to think, it all started after we thought the Red Sox had left them for dead with two straight victories at The Trop.

Is it time for the Orioles to start talking contract extension with Buck Showalter? (CSN Baltimore)

The Tigers are suddenly taking command of the A.L. Central. (AP)

And that's because the White Sox are going down quietly. (CSN Chicago)

But they're still talking bravely. (CSN Chicago)

The Rangers are closing in on the A.L. West title. (AP)

And the Dodgers are closing in -- at least a little -- on the Cardinals in the N.L. wild-card hunt. (AP)

Manny Acta's out in Cleveland. (AP)

And Bo Porter's in, in Houston. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
University of Tennessee officials aren't commenting on the age and sex discrimination charges brought against them by former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings, but they angrily deny her allegation that the school forced Pat Summitt to step down as women's basketball coach after she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The first upset of the weekend happened early: Washington 17, Stanford 13. (AP)

Remember, West Virginia students: The couch you save may be your own. (NBC's College Football Talk)

GOLF
Jose Maria Olazabal has two words for Ryder Cup fans in Medinah: Be nice. (AP)

HOCKEY
Good to see the owners are going into the resumption of labor talks with such a positive attitude. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Another way to describe the lockout: "A cash-flow challenge." At least it is for the CBC. (AP)

Don Cherry sticking up for Europeans?? The lockout sure makes strange bedfellows. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
If you flop in the NBA from now on, you're going to get hit. In the pocketbook. (AP)

But is this really such a good idea? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Erik Spoelstra spent the summer picking the brains of coaches who've won consecutive titles as he attempts to bring another championship to Miami. (AP) No word if the consensus advice was: Give the ball to LeBron and step back.

But they play the games on the court, Bob. (AP)

Lakers forward Jordan Hill pleads no contest to assaulting his former girlfriend. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The Browns dared Joe Flacco to beat them. So he did. (CSN Baltimore)

The biggest cheers in Baltimore last night, though, were for the men in stripes. (AP)

Someone finally tracked down the replacement referee whose call in Monday night's Green Bay-Seattle game was the straw that may have broken the lockout, and guess what? He still thinks he got it right. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It's supposed to hurt, Kyle. (CSN Washington)

To the surprise of no one -- except maybe Champ Bailey -- the NFL denied Joe Mays' appeal of his one-game suspension. (AP)

Andre Carter may play for the Raiders Sunday in Denver, less than a week after signing with Oakland. (CSN Bay Area)

And Matthew Stafford may play for the Lions Sunday against the Vikings, a week after hurting his hip. (AP)

The guy who was trying to extort money from RGIII pleads guilty. (AP)

Brandon Marshall's not sorry for the things he said about Warren Sapp. He's just sorry he said them publicly. (AP)

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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