Talking Points: Volquez pitches himself into pennant chase

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Edinson Volquez basically pitched himself into a pennant chase by pitching terribly.

Volquez signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after being released by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Volquez was the Padres’ opening day starter this season for the second straight year. He went 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts before getting released.

It’s further proof that the Dodgers are willing to pay anyone.

Hey Dodgers! Talking Points can pitch terribly and we are available for hire.The final bit of business from the last game to end on the first night of the college football season came about 111/2 hours after Fresno State beat Rutgers 52-51 in overtime.

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An email from Fresno State notified the media that Derek Carr’s stats had changed. Turns out the senior had been credited with one too many completions during his record breaking performance. Instead of 53 for 74 for 470 yards, he actually was 52 for 73 for 456 yards.

Finally, the book is closed on the Bulldogs and Scarlet Knights. The game took 4 hours, 26 minutes.

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Sorry Grandpa. You’re busted.

The latest target on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s list: An 80-year-old weightlifter who was busted for steroids.

The agency that brought down Lance Armstrong announced a two-year suspension for Don Ramos of Colorado Springs, Colo., who tested positive for steroids while attempting to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.

The suspension means Ramos can’t compete again until July 2015.