1. Excellent story by Andy today and Virginia Tech receiver Willie Byrn, who’s gone from undervalued walk-on to indispensable part of the offense. I’ve also found him to be an indispensable part of the post-game interview scene — he’s great at describing plays, teammates, etc. Affable young man.
2. That Oakland-Detroit game yesterday was awesome. Talk about the rising action of baseball. Can you imagine being Max Scherzer, and working out of that bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the eighth? Protecting a one-run lead, no less? Great drama. Game 5 ought to be good. Speaking of which…
3. Game 5 of Pirates-Cardinals at 8 tonight on TBS. Your scheduled starters are Gerrit Cole and Adam Wainwright.
4. Xander Bogaerts, who was in Salem last year, scored the tying and go-ahead runs for Boston last night in the 3-1, series-clinching victory at Tampa Bay. The Sox will meet tomorrow’s Detroit-Oakland winner in the ALCS.
5. Fearless Forecasters reminder: Today’s a good day to get your picks in.