Wakeup call: Woah, Canada; Matthews disses Giants

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Wakeup call: Woah, Canada; Matthews disses Giants

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Wednesday, August 8:

BASEBALL
That's 11 straight losses, and counting, for the Indians. (AP)

But that's 12 straight extra-winning wins for the Orioles. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of 11, that was Barry Larkin's uniform number. Eight years after he stopped playing, the Reds are getting around to retiring it. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Tigers and Yankees continue moving in opposite directions. (AP)

It was a winning return for Evan Longoria. (AP)

BASKETBALL
The 'Year of LeBron'? Almost enough to make you root against the U.S., isn't it? (NBC)

The Trail Blazers (finally) have a new coach. (AP)

Hall of Famer Arnie Risen -- whose 6-foot-9 stature wouldn't raise an eyebrow now but earned him the nickname "Stilts" back in the day -- has died at age 87. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Penn State has decided to add the players' names to the backs of their jersies (to honor their "resolve and dedication" to the program, they said), and also will wear blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse. (AP)

Meanwhile, ex-Penn State running back Silas Redd is fitting right in at USC. (AP)

GOLF
Tiger Woods hasn't won a major tournament in four years, and he gets his last shot at one in 2012 this week at the PGA. (golfchannel.com)

HOCKEY
New Jersey nearly won the Stanley Cup, but that hasn't kept the financial devils from its doorstep. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

OLYMPICS
Canada's anti-refeering postgame rants after its loss to the U.S. in the women's soccer semifinals has caught FIFA's attention. (NBC)

Man, that's gotta hurt. (NBC's Off The Bench)

PRO FOOTBALL
More than 900 people, including many from the NFL (Bill Belichick among them), attended Garrett Reid's funeral. (CSN Philly)

It was a USC connection that got T.O. to Seattle. (CSN Bay Area)

Turns out the new kickoff rules actually did reduce the number of reported concussions last year in the NFL, at least a little. (AP)

The intensity of Tebowmania has surprised Jets owner Woody Johnson. (NBC's Pro Football Talk) And President Obama's comments that Jets fans should be "nervous" about their QB situation have irritated him . . . especially since he's a big Romney fund-raiser.

Whaddya know. For once, a lawyer was actually right when he said that when all the facts were in, his client wouldn't be charged. (AP)

Hey, Giants fans. That Super Bowl championship? You didn't win it; Clay Matthews says the Packers lost it. (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.