Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

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Wakeup Call: Sox interested in Victorino and Martin?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 27.

BASEBALL
It certainly is a seller's market if Shane Victorino has seven suitors, including the Red Sox. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And why are the Sox in on Russell Martin?? (Hardball Talk)

Looks like Evan Longoria is going to be a career Ray. (AP)

It's official: Old friend DeMarlo Hale's heading to Toronto as bench coach. (AP)

You wouldn't think Rob Deer's all-or-nothing-at-all approach is something Theo Epstein wants for the Cubs . . . but you'd be wrong. (CSN Chicago)

Not a bad haul for four nights' work: The Giants' winning World Series share is 377,003. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
It isn't even December yet, and already we have a big game on tap. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Alabama will have to take on Georgia -- and maybe Notre Dame -- without deep threat Kenny Bell, who has a broken leg. (AP)

Bob Stoops says he's happy at Oklahoma and isn't looking to go anywhere else. In coach-speak, that usually means, "Make me an offer." (AP)

HOCKEY
Forget it, says Todd Bertuzzi. It's over. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

Alex Ovechkin is angry that Capitals teammates Roman Hamrlik and Michal Neuvirth have gone off the NHLPA reservation, saying the only way the players will get a fair deal is if they stick together. (CSN Washington)

PRO BASKETBALL
In Big Baby World, Jacque Vaughn is Gandhi and Doc Rivers is . . . who? Patton, maybe? (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Exciting start to the Brooklyn-New York rivalry, don't you think? (AP)

The Bulls hit rock bottom, blowing a 27-point, third-quarter lead -- to Milwaukee's reserves, no less -- in dropping a 93-92 decision to the Bucks. (CSN Chicago)

The Wizards finally played down to their record last night. (CSN Washington)

Yes, you read it right: That was a 64-24 halftime lead Oklahoma City built over Charlotte en route to a 114-69 pasting of the Bobcats. (AP)

The Rockets will be attending Sasha McHale's funeral as a team on Wednesday. (CSN Houston)

PRO FOOTBALL
It isn't often the Giants' Martellus Bennett gets to tap "into my inner superhero, which I do have". But after Sunday's win over the Packers, he "did the righteous thing" and caught a fan who had tumbled out of the MetLife stands, saving him from serious injury. "Im usually a ninja," Bennett explained, "but my Spidey-senses told me he was going to take a fall, so I saved his life."  To quote my friend Bill Reynolds: They didn't make two of you, Martellus. (NBC's Off The Bench)

That's seven straight losses -- and counting -- for the Eagles. (AP)

Remember when Jeffrey Lurie said an 8-8 record would probably cost Andy Reid his job? Well, 8-8 is the best the Eagles can do this year . . . but Reid says he and the owner haven't discussed his future. (CSN Philly)

Brent Celek says the Eagles' struggles are probably a source of great amusement to other teams in the league. He knows if he played somewhere else, he'd be laughing. (CSN Philly)

Um, those announcements that Ray Lewis would miss the rest of the season? Never mind. (CSN Baltimore)

Speaking of the Ravens, they're still talking about fourth-and-29. (CSN Baltimore)

The Texans' exasperation with the NFL's discipline procedure -- sparked when first-time offender Tim Dobbins was relieved of 30,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler that even Cutler said was clean -- resurfaced when it was announced that serial clown Ndamukong Suh wouldn't be suspended and only "might" be fined for his kick at Matt Schaub's boy parts on Thanksgiving. (CSN Houston)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner are in complete denial mode over their reported impending suspensions for PED use. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Eric Wright, on the other hand, fesses up and takes his four games like a man. (AP)

The latest concussed quarterback: Brandon Weeden. (AP)

A Dolphins reserve is charged with allegedly choking a cab driver. (AP)

Ex-BU coach, and former Patriots assistant, Chris Palmer is the sacrificial lamb -- for now -- in Tennessee. (AP)

49ers wide receiver and return man Kyle Williams "regrets to inform y'all I will be out for the season with a torn ACL." Ah, Twitter. (AP)

How much do you think Buffalo Wild Wings would have had to pay for all the free publicity it got Sunday? (Pro Football Talk)

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.

Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

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Morning Skate: No surprise cheap-shot artists are running wild

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping everybody on this Memorial Day takes some time to appreciate all of those that made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. We should also take a moment to say thanks to people like the three heroes in Oregon that stood up to a hateful bigot earlier this week, and in doing so reaffirmed what the majority of people living in the US believe we are all about while trying to live up to that ideal every day.
 
-- A number of NHL legends are shaking their heads at the dirty play that we’re seeing in these playoffs, particularly those plays targeting the superstars that people pay big money to see in the postseason. Why should anybody be shocked by this? The rooting out of enforcers, and fighting, has taken accountability out of the game for the cheap-shot artists and dirty players, and leaves little real deterrant for players looking to take out opponents with dangerous plays. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when the NHL threw the book at Shawn Thornton for going after Brooks Orpik, and in doing so chose to protect somebody trying to hurt opponents (Orpik) and punish somebody trying to protect his teammates (Thornton). It was a sea change for the league, and something players didn’t forget as more and more enforcers were quickly weeded out of the NHL. This is what the rule-makers and legislators wanted, and now it’s what they’re getting just a couple of years later with dangerous stick-work, cheap shots and a general lack of respect for fellow players.
 
-- Here's why the Tampa Bay Lightning would consider trading a player like Jonathan Drouin, and the major impact that could have on the offseason trade market.
 
-- Down Goes Brown has a Stanley Cup Final rooting guide for the other 28 other fan bases now that Nashville and Pittsburgh are in the final series.

-- So which goaltender has the edge in the Stanley Cup Final: Nashville's Pekka Rinne, or Pittsburgh's two-headed monster of Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury?
 
-- Scotty Bowman says winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles has become monumentally difficult since the advent of the salary cap.
 
-- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are pushing each other to be betters, and showing exactly how a team should be led by its superstars in the salary-cap era for the league.
 
-- For something completely different: We can confirm through this report that a lot of hot dogs are eaten in the summertime. So glad we have people to research these kinds of things.