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.

MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Avalanche at Wild, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Blues at Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Stars, 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Warriors at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
Running: Boston Marathon, 8:30 a.m. (WBZ-TV, Universal Sports)
Soccer: West Bromwich at Manchester City, 2:55 p.m. (NBCSN)


Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled for the third straight time since joining the Mets. (AP)

Daisuke Matsuzaka is willing to do what is asked by the Mets in order to stay in the majors. (AP)

– Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was thrust into an unfamiliar role over the weekend, as the the former Red Sox hurler came out of the bullpen to pitch in Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Braves.

Matsuzaka was sent to Triple-A to start the season, but he was recalled Wednesday to provide relief depth.

After allowing one run in one inning Saturday on two hits and a walk, Matsuzaka threw three hitless innings in Sunday’s 4-3 victory that took 14 innings.

“I spoke with [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] before the game and I told him I’€™d be ready, that I can go. Of course it went into extra innings so I knew I had to pitch,” Matsuzaka said (via the New York Post). I was mentally prepared, so it wasn’€™t too difficult. I’€™ve never done it, so it’€™s hard to say [how it'€™ll go]. This is my role for the time being so I have to just do what I can and make sure I pitch well whenever I go out there.

“I don’€™t want to use not being used to and not having done it as an excuse. This is my role for the time being, so I just need to go out and pitch well. … [Saturday] I only pitched one inning. I didn’€™t expect back-to-back days to be a problem.”

The Blackhawks, already down 2-0 in their series vs. the Blues, got some more bad news Sunday, as defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended three games for his hit on David Backes late in the third period of Saturday’s Game 2.

Seabrook, who recorded a goal and an assist in each of the first two games, delivered an elbow to Backes’ head near the corner boards with 4:51 remaining. He received a five-minute major and game misconduct.

Backes was helped off the ice and did not return to see his team — still on the power play from Seabrook’s penalty — tie the game with 6.4 seconds left in regulation before winning in overtime.

The Blues, already upset about a knee-to-knee hit from Chicago’s Bryan Bickell on Vladimir Sobotka, were incensed when they learned that a Blackhawks player — reportedly Duncan Keith — taunted Backes after the hit, telling the dazed Blues captain, “Wakey, wakey, Backes” (audible on the video below at the 45-second mark).

“I saw them talking to him,” Blues enforce Ryan Reaves said. “It makes it a little more gutless. I don’t think there’s any need for that when a hit like that happens. You don’t need to be going after him when he doesn’t even know where he really is.

“I’m not happy about that. I don’t think anybody in this organization is happy about it. To see that happen, I think is just embarrassing in that organization.”

Backes’ availability for Monday’s Game 3 was not clear Sunday.

– Former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who served 19 years in prison for three murders before having his verdict overturned in 1985, died Sunday at the age of 76 after a battle with prostate cancer.

Carter, whose story was dramatized in the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” and the 1999 movie “The Hurricane,” began his boxing career in 1961 after serving four years in state prison for a series of muggings. He went 27-12-1 and got as far as fighting for the middleweight title in December 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello.

In 1966 he was convicted of killing three people in a bar in Paterson, N.J. He received a second trial in 1976 but was convicted again. After years of more appeals and accusations of racial bias, he was freed in 1985 and eventually settled in Toronto, working for the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 21, 1990, in Game 2 of the Adams Division finals against the Canadiens, Garry Galley gave the Bruins a 5-4 victory when he scored 3:42 into overtime on a goal that was reminiscent of the Bobby Orr tally that clinched the 1970 Stanley Cup finals. Which Bruin had four assists in the game, including on the game-winner?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You never want to lose Game 1. I think we played with a little chip on our shoulder.” — Bruins rookie Justin Florek, who scored the first goal in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Red Wings that evened the series after two games

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – Errors committed by the Orioles in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox, including one that allowed Dustin Pedroia to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez admires his blast to center field, only to end up with a triple when it bounces off the wall, and then brawls with the Pirates after he is berated by pitcher Gerrit Cole.

During Sunday’s Tigers-Angels game, Detroit’s Ian Kinsler tries to steal second, and the throw from catcher Hank Conger goes into center field, allowing Kinsler to take third. Center fielder Mike Trout then makes a bad throw back to the infield, and Kinsler races for home, scoring when the relay from pitcher Hector Santiago sails past Conger. Oh, and it was all unnecessary, as the batter, Miguel Cabrera, walked on the pitch.

During Sunday’s Spurs-Mavericks game, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is interviewed by Craig Sager Jr., whose father is battling cancer, and the coach sends a message to the ailing TNT sideline reporter.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Iggy Pop was born on this day in 1947.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Let's get this out of the way: No one cares that I'm running the 118th Boston Marathon today.



With the season over, Chris Forsberg says the Celtics accomplished what they intended to this year. He also gets into what Rajon Rondo may be thinking heading into his last year in his contract. Danny Ainge has a plan and it'll be interesting to see how this off-season develops.
Villani says the key to the black and yellow squad being victorious today comes down to possession/zone time. The Bruins need to take control and put pressure on Detroit. Make Jimmy Howard beat you!
Mike Loftus covers the Bruins for the Patriot Ledger of Quincy and joins Villani to provide his insight and analysis regarding this matchup for the B's. He gives his keys for the B's to get a victory.
Villani opens with Bruins and what they'll have to do to even up the series later today at the Garden.

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[0:07:22] ... raskin XP you know Dotson puts the one goal board and the red wings win it out one. So it's not a desperate situation for the Bruins. But I do wanna see his sense of urgency ...
[0:12:50] ... production. I think production -- gonna take away the confidence of the red wings and that and a lot more series. Again they're pretty good cause that -- principle that's all part of it but I ...
[0:14:16] ... after the game about the comfort level that he had and that Mike Babcock had. Apparently with the Patrice Bergeron line opposite the Datsyuk line. And you're looking at two of the best all around players in the world. Bergeron may be ...

Butch and DJ continue their preview of Game 2 between the Bruins and Red Wings in Boston later today.
Butch and DJ get a call regarding Red Sox prospects and have an in depth discussion on what the future looks like in Boston.
The Sox have won 3 of their last 4, yet are still below .500. Butch and DJ discuss their thoughts on if the team is starting to get some momentum. Butch brings up the outfield issue and the decision the Red Sox will have to make when Victorino returns.

[0:05:06] ... matter what argument you wanna make except defensively. That's. -- different discussion Stephen Drew Needham and not so sure about that. But so I mean from Red Sox perspective you know I'm doing yard work -- ...
[0:10:20] ... -- guy and he was saying they're very astute column for usein Jason Schmidt was I was gonna be available. In the Red Sox did trade they've got these. They've got the Ramirez kid and they've got. The Pedro we kid -- trade goes to get Jason Schmidt and they have this was 2005 I think. And it is like. No not gonna trade Dustin Pedroia. And Jason and Hanley Ramirez berg guy who used to be good a couple of years ago so. I think you make those moves if it's the right price but baseball mean I'm sure you remember. Even down to was the Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano trade him. Based always used to be so much about if you need a guy just give your young players that you ...
[0:12:11] ... down several hours to go we -- sports Sunday on WEEI it's TJ beam in the house from WEEI dot com Bruins at 3 o'clock. Red Sox at seven we can talk Celtics patriots all of ...