Wakeup Call: At last, we hear from "Lennay"!


Wakeup Call: At last, we hear from "Lennay"!

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Friday, January 25:

Everybody's pretty excited about Justin Upton joining his brother B.J. in Atlanta. (AP)

Good thing the Orioles didn't trade Adam Jones for Jair Jurrjens last winter, as was rumored. By waiting a year, they got him for nothing. Of course, what they're getting is a matter for debate. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Remember Zack Stewart, whom the Red Sox acquired in the Kevin Youkilis trade and who pitched for them with varying degress of ineffectiveness? Traded to Pittsburgh in November, he's now back with the White Sox. (AP)

I've heard of weird injuries before, but rupturing your spleen when you fall while shoveling snow? Well, that will certainly dry up the free-agent market for Carl Pavano, don't you think? (Hardball Talk)

Pat White failed at baseball with the Royals, and failed at football with the Dolphins. So, naturally, the Marlins want him. (Hardball Talk)

You can go home again: Yorvit Torrealba's returning to the Rockies. (Hardball Talk)

Nyjer Morgan, meanwhile, is traveling far from home as he heads to Japan. (CSN Washington)

The good folks of St. Louis pay their respects -- and respect it is -- to Stan Musial. (AP)

So which is it? Should we be impressed with UCLA or worried about Arizona after the Bruins' upset of the Wildcats? (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

What with Duke certain to tumble out of the top spot in the rankings after its one-sided loss to Miami, Michigan started staking its claim for No. 1 with a workmanlike victory over Purdue. (AP)

She speaks! Manti Te'o plays three voicemails he says were left for him by "Lennay Kekua" -- the girlfriend who died who never existed -- during his TV interview with Katie Couric, in which "Lennay" tells Te'o that she loves him. And if the voice actually belongs to Ronaiah Tuisasosopo, the alleged mastermind of this mess, he imitates women pretty well. (AP)

Meanwhile, Tuisasosopo supposedly confessed his guilt in the hoax to Diane O'Meara, the woman whose picture was stolen off Facebook and used as "Lennay's" portrait. (AP)

Rare that a head coach with a 10-40 record after four seasons gets to walk away by choice. But DeWayne Walker's doing just that, leaving New Mexico State to become an assistant on the Jacksonville Jaguars. (AP)

The exodus off Jimbo Fisher's Florida State staff continues, as offensive coordinator James Coley heads to Miami to take the same job. (AP)

Dennard Robinson's liking this wide-receiver stuff. (AP)

Your first-round leaders at Torrey Pines: K.J. Choi and Brandt Snedeker. (AP)

Tiger's not in bad position after one round. (golfchannel.com)

Your second-round leaders in Doha, Qatar: Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Ricardo Santos and Marcus Fraser. (AP)

Wayne Gretzky says this talk of his becoming president of the Maple Leafs is "news to me". (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers finally win their first, and a big one it is: A 2-1 victory over the arch-rival Rangers. (CSN Philly)

One man's ceiling is another man's floor: Mike Knuble's back in the NHL with the Flyers because Scott Harnell's out 4-6 weeks. (CSN Philly)

"Embarrassing" and "pathetic" are two of the words the Capitals are using to describe themselves this morning, as they sit as the only Eastern Conference team without a point after a somnolent 4-1 home loss to the Canadiens. (CSN Washington)

Bet they're saying the same thing in Los Angeles, where the Kings continue to stumble around with a Stanley Cup hangover. (AP)

But the Blackhawks? They just keep on rolling. (CSN Chicago)

As do the Sharks. (CSN Bay Area)

And the Senators. (AP)

The Stars bring All-Star center Jamie Benn, a restricted free agent, back into the fold with a five-year, 26.25 million contract. (AP)

You could probably win the All-Star Game with the players who were snubbed. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

And you could probably win it with thiis year's reserves, too. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Clippers' cry: Come back, Chris Paul! (AP)

Since the present is so bad, let's look to the Lakers' future. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Ricky Rubio's not so warm and cuddly now that his playing time's been cut as he struggles to return from knee surgery. (AP)

It's official: The Hornets become the Pelicans, starting next year. (AP)

All Ma and Pa Harbaugh know about the Super Bowl is that they're going to experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat on the same day. (CSN Chicago)

It's the Super Bowl, after all, so Ray Lewis says he isn't thinking about the fact that he's about to play his last game. (CSN Baltimore)

It won't be Ed Reed's last game . . . though it might be his last as a Raven. (CSN Baltimore)

Brandon Jacobs and the 49ers didn't part on the best of terms, but he says he's rooting for them against Baltimore. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Steve Spagnuolo, who concocted the defensive plan that helped the Giants upset the Patriots in the 2007 Super Bowl, is out of work again. (AP)

Worried about the potential for cold, snow and generally nasty conditions at next year's Super Bowl in New Jersey? Hah! Bring it on, says Roger Goodell. (AP)

Congratulations, John Idzik. And good luck. You'll need it. (AP)

Unlike many -- most? all? -- of his peers, Andrew Luck's all business at the Pro Bowl. (AP)

Sloane Stephens' strong showing in the Australian Open will lift her up in the player rankings. (AP)

We have our first Australian Open champions: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in women's doubles. (AP)

Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles


Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head


Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.

Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.

The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.

Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.

The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.

As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.

“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.

“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"


Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.