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Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

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Wakeup Call: Babe, Reggie . . . and Pablo?

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

BASEBALL
One down, three to go for the Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

But when the details of San Francisco's 8-3 victory have long been forgotten, Pablo Sandoval's three homers will live on. (CSN Bay Area)

Of the eight players who've hit three homers in a postseason game, Sandoval's the most unlikely. And his achievement is probably the most impressive. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Don't blame the long layoff for the Tigers' flat performance; blame Justin Verlander. (Hardball Talk)

There was a Jose Valverde sighting Wednesday night and, in Jim Leyland's words, he "wasn't terrible. He just wasn't good." In Valverde World, that's progress. (AP)

It's called AT&T Park, and the magic it sparks for the Giants makes you rethink possible. (CSN Bay Area)

All's right with the world: Hunter Pence has his bat back. And it's a pretty good deal for the fan who returned it. (CSN Bay Area)

Yeah, he benched him for the most important games of the year. Still, Joe Girardi says he expects Alex Rodriguez to be his everyday third baseman in 2013. (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
What's this? They're playing games already? (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
You can get rid of Derek Dooley, Tennessee fans. But it'll cost you. (NBC's College Football Talk)

And you Ohio State fans, don't worry. Braxton Miller says he's fine. (AP)

HOCKEY
Gary Bettman sheds some more crocodile tears as he admits a full 82-game season probably isn't going to happen. (AP)

Don't worry what the rest of us think about you, Gary. They love you in Rochester. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

That being the case, Jeremy Roenick proves he's not from Rochester. (CSN Washington)

The Capitals' Jason Chimera can't figure out exactly what it is Bettman and the owners are doing. Join the crowd, Jason. (CSN Washington)

Brooklyn's becoming quite the pro sports mecca these days. (AP)

To no one's surprise, John Davidson's the new boss in Columbus. (AP)

PRO BASKETBALL
Looks like the Sixers are going to start the season without Andrew Bynum. (CSN Philly)

PRO FOOTBALL
Um, Reggie Bush? Rex Ryan wants you to say you're sorry. (AP)

Good thing Ndamukong Suh doesn't care what people think about him. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Asante Samuel is finally going to get the chance to back up everything he's been saying about the Eagles this week when the Falcons visit Philadelphia. (CSN Philly)

Tom Brady's BFF, Richard Sherman, is running his mouth again, this time at 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. (CSN Bay Area)

It's the time of year when NFL casualties begin to mount. This week, it's Sean Lee, Scott Fujita and Jon Beason. (AP)

But there's still hope that surgery will enable Mario Williams to salvage something from what's been a lost season. (AP)

And in good -- nee, great -- news on the medical front, it looks like Browns guard Jason Pinkston has recovered from life-threatening blood clots in his lungs. (AP)

Unlike his mentor, Warren Moon, Cam Newton doesn't believe there are racist overtones to the considerable amount of criticism he's been taking recently. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Bountygate has become a lawyers' employment service. (AP)

Me, I vote for Photoshop. (Pro Football Talk)

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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