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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 6:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Bucks at Bulls, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Red Wings, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Islanders at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez closed to within one home run of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on Major League Baseball‘s career list with his first-inning shot off Mets starter Jon Niese on Sunday night, although the Yankees continue to downplay his accomplishments.

The team has made it clear it will fight to avoid paying Rodriguez the $6 million bonus he is due for tying Mays, based on his use of performance-enhancing drugs that led to his season-long suspension in 2014. And the Yankees have not promoted Rodriguez’s pursuit of the home run title this season.

Asked about the situation Sunday night, Rodriguez said: “I don’t have a marketing degree. I’m just focusing on playing baseball.”

Fans at Yankee Stadium continued to be supportive of Rodriguez, who had a double in Sunday’s game, helping the Yankees rally for a 6-4 victory that puts them at 11-8 and tied for first in the American League East.

“It was energizing,” he said of the fans’ support Sunday. “The buzz was incredible. To feel that energy was pretty cool.”

Added Rodriguez: “I’m excited about the win today, the home run, and I’m having fun.”

— Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright might miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury he suffered while batting in Saturday’s game against the Brewers.

Wainwright was placed on the 15-day disabled list after stumbling out of the batter’s box on a fly out in the fifth inning and being helped off the field.

On Sunday, reports emerged that the two-time 20-game winner might have to miss the rest of the season, and the team did not deny them.

“Unfortunately, it is not great news,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “Any way you slice it, he is going to be missed for a while, and potentially losing the season is very real.”

— UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, brother of Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, was being sought by police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a hit-and-run accident Sunday morning that sent a pregnant woman to the hospital.

“We are now definitely looking at him as a suspect,” Albuquerque police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

The woman, in her 20s, had “non-life-threatening injuries” after the accident. She was driving another vehicle.

Jones, who recently moved to Albuquerque, is facing a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge and would have to pay for damages to the vehicles and medical costs of the woman.

Jones, who tested positive for cocaine one month before defending his title against Daniel Cormier on Jan. 3 and later admitted himself to a drug treatment facility, is scheduled to fight again May 23 in Las Vegas. He has denied he has a serious drug problem.

In 2012 he was arrested for DUI after crashing his Bentley into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge and did not serve any time in jail.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 27, 1950, Red Auerbach was named coach of the Celtics. Which coach did he replace?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’re all men here. We don’t need to cry. It’s playoff basketball. You need to move forward.” Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, after Sunday’s 101-93 loss to the Cavaliers, a physical game in which Cavs forward Kevin Love suffered a dislocated shoulder and C’s forward Jae Crowder injured his knee

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 – Runs the Red Sox allowed in Sunday’s 18-7 loss to the Orioles — one fewer run than they allowed in the first five games combined of their just-concluded six-game road trip

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Royals left fielder Alex Gordon leaps into the stands to make a great catch against the White Sox.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias ranges into left field to make a nice over-the-shoulder catch against the Indians.

Dwight Howard finishes an alley-oop in style in the Rockets’ loss to the Mavericks.

The Canadiens give goalie Carey Price the silent treatment when he gets to the locker room after Sunday’s series-clinching win over the Senators.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Alvin “Doggie” Julian

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Cuba Gooding Sr., former lead singer of The Main Ingredient, was born on this day in 1944.

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Jerry Spar
Danny discusses the Red Sox blowout loss against the Orioles and the Celtics season ending loss at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Greg and John start off discussing the closer role for the Red Sox and why he feels the team should look at bringing Jonathan Papelbon back to Boston if Koji continues to struggle. They also discuss Shane Victorino heading to the DL. The guys then move on to the Celtics, their struggles vs Cleveland, and how the can rebuild going forward.
Daniel Jeremiah calls NFL Sunday to preview the NFL Draft and discuss what the New England Patriots will be looking to do starting Thursday night.

[0:07:30] ... the years is you know regardless of the fact that the house Tom Brady under center and he's one of the most consistent presences. In the National Football League these seemed to go and get a ...
[0:10:30] ... team's war most likely to try and pulled off a deal that first night of the draft. Well first night completely keep an eye out because they are open ship. That. That don't who were out so I'll keep an eye out I bet you bet. You know there's the Baltimore it's kind of speech because they collect a lot of good optics. There's optics which treatment they pick it Tripoli not a to the Detroit Lions what the real thick so they closed it out there at a bit marketable yup well spot. But if there's somebody they ...




In hour 2 of NFL Sunday, we get more draft talk from Price and Dickerson. They discuss if the Pats will trade up or down at all or what they can get by staying put. Also, what does the RB position look like for New England? We hear from Daniel Jeremiah from the NFL Network and NFL.com and get his thoughts on the NFL draft and what the Patriots will do. Finally, the boys talk about the Greg Hardy situation in Dallas.
It's finally the week of the NFL Draft and the guys are psyched. They kick off the show discussing the release of the NFL schedule and how they expect the Pats to do against a relatively easy road for the Super Bowl champs. Greg and Chris talk about any difficult match-ups and if any teams in the AFC East can contend with the Patriots. Then the boys move on to the Draft and where the Pats may go. WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia joins the program to discuss his thoughts on the upcoming draft, the Pats needs and his ideas on why the Patriots may in fact trade up this season.
Giardi talks about what positions the Pats should be targeting in next week's NFL Draft
Jim Palmer continues to take shots at David Ortiz, and everyone wants to weigh in on Tom Brady's White House no-show.