Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!


Wakeup Call: 30 seconds for 4 million; what a deal!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, January 10:

By now we all know that no one was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday, and by now we all know why. But Ray Ratto thinks this "guardians of the game" business became moot the minute Ty Cobb and the racists of baseball's early days were inducted, so applying high moral standards now to the Steroids Bunch is inconsistent and unfair. (CSN Bay Area)

Inconsistent and unfair though it may be, Craig Calcaterra doesn't believe Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will ever get in. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Give Jonathan Singleton credit: Rather than blaming it on Adderall or some mysterious ingredient in an over-the-counter cold medicine, or filing appeals because of flaws in the process, he admits he got his 50-game suspension for smoking weed. And accepts it. (CSN Houston)

Duke will be without senior forward Ryan Kelly for a while. (AP)

Five days after assuring everyone he had the best coaching job in America and wasn't going anywhere, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly interviews with the Eagles. (CSN Philly)

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks won't be charged with sexual assault in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred the night before the Alamo Bowl. (AP)

In today's installmant of Declaring For the NFL Draft, we have Oklahoma's Tom Wort and no fewer than four Tennessee players saying they're in . . . (AP)

. . . and Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Clemson's Tajh Boyd saying they're staying in school. (AP)

R.I.P. Mirko Jurkovic, a lineman on Notre Dame's 1988 national champions. (AP)

Lance Armstrong has pulled his boat out of De Nial (ha, ha, get it?) and begun searching for a "pathway to redemption". (AP via nbcsports.com)

The Flyers' never-ending search for a goalie may be leading them to Bobby Loo. Hope they also trade for a mechanic to pump his tires . . . (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec mans up about the DUI he was charged with while playing in Europe. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Free agent forward Dominic Moore issues a statement thanking people for their sympathy over the death of his wife, Katie. (CSN Bay Area)

Leading the U.S. to gold has earned Diana Taurasi her third USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year Award. (AP)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGirin says he doesn't know much about the possibility of the Kings moving to his city -- which lost the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008 -- but adds, "If it's true, ain't it cool?" (AP)

LeBron James uses the phrase "very frustrating" three times in three sentences when talking about the Heat's rebounding woes. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

The Lakers' losing ways continue, and this one was more frustrating than most. (AP)

The Timberwolves will be without Kevin Love for 8-10 weeks after breaking his right hand for the second time this season. (AP)

Got 4 million burning a hole in your pocket? Buy a 30-second ad for this year's Super Bowl. (NBC's Off The Bench)

Younger announcers -- I heard some of them -- were shaking their heads in bafflement when Jim Harbaugh channeled his inner Jethro Bodine and said Justin Smith would play Saturday night "God willing and the creek don't rise". (CSN Bay Area)

The Packers should have Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb ready, even though they didn't practice Wednesday. (AP)

Richard Sherman says the Seahawks' secondary will have its hands full Sunday with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

All this RGIII-will-be-ready-for-the-start-of-the-2013-season talk might be a little premature, according to an athletic physician who doesn't work for the Redskins. (CSN Washington)

The Panthers have a new GM, and he's worked for organizations that have been to six Super Bowls. And won three of them. (AP)

The Jets, meanwhile, are still looking. (AP)

John Isner's bruised right knee forces him out of the Australian Open. (AP)

Drellich: Devers is a keeper, even with the addition of Nunez


Drellich: Devers is a keeper, even with the addition of Nunez

BOSTON -- The cherub stays.

There's no way Rafael Devers is headed back to Triple-A before the homestand starts Friday, right, Dave Dombrowski? Not for the newly acquired Eduardo Nunez, who's a fine player but has nowhere near the offensive upside of Devers, the 20-year-old phenom you just rushed to the big leagues.


You probably weren't really considering sending Devers straight back, were you now, Dave? Sometime in the 3 o'clock hour Eastern time on Wednesday morning (after a 13-inning, 6-5 loss to the Mariners), you did tell reporters in Seattle that you would need to sit down with manager John Farrell to figure out the plan at third base from here.

Likely, you're just making sure your ducks are in a row. That Nunez himself has a chance to shake hands with you, and gets to hear straight from you what he'll be doing.

That's fair. But let's be doubly sure we're on the same page.

As long as something else doesn't happen between now and then -- no other trades for third basemen, no injuries -- Devers must at least platoon at third unless he shows he can't handle it. Nunez bats right, Devers left.

But it wouldn't be crazy to let Devers have the bulk of the playing time, either, and use Nunez to spell Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia. Or simply have him come off the bench.

Devers didn't look overmatched in his very first big-league game Tuesday night. On the contrary, he was patient at the plate, drawing the walk that started a sixth-inning rally against Felix Hernandez. (King Felix is quite the draw for a someone making his major-league debut, we should note.) He looked like a happy kid, and sounded like one after the game.

"For me it's just going out there and playing my brand of baseball and having fun out there," Devers told reporters through translator Daveson Perez. "That's what I was trying to do and I think I did that."

Devers finished 0-for-4 with a pair of walks, one strikeout and a run scored. He didn't make any errors and looked smooth and quick, his athleticism shining through some baby fat.

Dombrowski spoke during the last homestand about the lack of league-norm production at third base. Nunez can bring that, if nothing more. He is, at a position that's had no certainty, some form of certainty. A stable piece that can help out around the infield and has valuable versatility.

But Nunez is not what the Sox need most: A bopper.

Devers has pop. The chances he blossoms this year are not in his favor because he is the youngest player in the majors. But it would be a most strange and almost cruel choice to call the kid up for two days and then decide you don't need him because of Nunez, who entered Tuesday with the same OPS as Mitch Moreland (.745).

If you're the glass-is-half-full-type, the first four-game losing streak of the season for the Red Sox was numbed by a third-base situation that's been upgraded twofold. Let's assume the Sox know how to best deploy the two from here -- in the big leagues together, until shown a reason to change course.