Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, led by Kirk Minihane with Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel as guest co-hosts.

What started out as a mention of the sleeping Yankees fan suing ESPN and Major League Baseball turned into a discussion of the quality, or lack thereof, of national baseball announcers.

Andrew Rector is seeking $10 million in damages, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress on the part of announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman as well as He accused the announcers for an “avalanche of disparaging words.”

“He had a nap and potentially made some money,” Bradford said. “He’s a big winner.”

After playing audio of part of the exchange between Kruk and Shulman from that April 13 game against the Red Sox, Minihane started to question why ESPN has Kruk in the booth to begin with.

“Is John Kruk really the best color analyst you can get for that job?” Minihane asked. “Kruk is awful.”

Minihane isn’t too fond of the Fox broadcast booth, either.

Harold Reynolds is brutal to me,” he said. “When has he ever said something where you’re like, ‘Wow, this is interesting?’”

Said Meterparel: “That’s a bad booth.”

“Kruk is awful, Reynolds is awful. Those are the two biggest jobs in the country for that,” Minihane continued.

The discussion then segued into a debate on the quality of the Red Sox broadcast booth, particularly play-by-play man Don Orsillo.

Meterparel was especially critical of Orsillo, saying, “Watching a game, you want to hear something you don’t know. You want to be informed. … On a nightly basis, it’s tough, I get it, but on a nightly basis you’ve got to give me a little something.”

Bradford countered: “That’s more [Jerry Remy's] job.”

Minihane gave Orsillo a “solid B-minus,” giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s had to work with numerous color commentators over the past two seasons.

“I enjoy working with him, because I saw the people go in and out of there and he managed to manage the personalities,” Bradford said. “But also, the big part of that whole thing, and he points this out, is entertainment.”

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Nick Canelas

On Monday’s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Christian Fauria, Lou Merloni and Tim Benz discussed an interesting audition on “America’s Got Talent,” shock jock Anthony Cumia‘s firing and Target Field’s new draw for beer lovers. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– Fauria was watching “America’s Got Talent” with his kids Sunday and was surprised when 84-year-old performer Ray Jessel took the stage and put on quite the show with a politically incorrect, if not hilarious, tune about discovering that his date was really a man.

“He just jumps out there and comes out there with these real witty, comical lyrics and you’re just gut-busting laughing,” Fauria said. “The first thing I’m thinking was, ‘OK, is this a song that he wrote based on his own experience? Or is this a friend with the air quotes?

Fauria continued: “I guarantee you … when you’re driving home or anybody who is listening to the radio show right now, you will be humming this song as you go back to work and your boss will ask you, ‘What the heck are you talking about?’ ”

– While Twitter has been a helpful social media service for millions of people across the world, it can be a double-edged sword.

Look no further than radio shock jock Anthony Cumia of the “Opie & Anthony” show, who was fired by SiriusXM after going on a racist rant on Twitter, claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square when he was taking pictures.

“There’s your message. If you’re listening, Twitter, although it’s good, is very bad. … I’ll tell you what, you should all have rules: No phones at the dinner table, no tweeting in bed,” Fauria said.

– Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, will roll out an interesting new addition for the 2014 All-Star Game: self-serve beer stations.

The machines, called DraftServ, allow customers to load $10, $20 or $50 cards to use at the machine, which has four beers on tap. The machine will allow customers to pour 48 ounces of beer every 15 minutes.

“If I’m buying a pre-loaded card with cash, that means I already went through all the protocol to show that I am 21, I can drink legally. So how many kids who are 18, 19 can get in line to buy this card? How much money can I get by selling them this card?” Fauria wondered.

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Conor Ryan

Here are the highlights from Monday morning’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane and guest co-host Rob Bradford. To listen to the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Radio shock jock fired from SiriusXM show for racist Twitter rant

Anthony Cumia, co-host of the “Opie & Anthony” show on SiriusXM, was fired for a racist rant on Twitter after claiming that a black woman assaulted him in Times Square last week.

In a statement released by SiriusXM, spokesperson Patrick Reilly said that Cumia’s comments were “abhorrent” and “wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.”

“I don’t like anybody getting fired for anything they say or think, I think the jobs that we do generally go on the other side, because we all say dumb things,” Minihane said. “I’ve gotten in trouble, I’ve said things that some people think are dumb. … Then I read the tweets, and you can go look them up, they’re so dumb. They’re so trolling, they’re so begging for it that I’ve actually got to admit, I’m OK with firing this dope.”

“How can his defense be, ‘It wasn’t even the radio?’ ” Bradford added.

Joan Rivers storms out of an interview with CNN

Comedian Joan Rivers can dish it out, but apparently she can’t take it.

The “Fashion Police” personality walked off a CNN “Newsroom” interview with host Fredricka Whitfield after a series of questions Rivers felt were of a negative tone.

“You are not the one to interview a person who does humor, sorry,” Rivers said before walking off the set.

“I give Joan Rivers credit for this … she still tries,” Minihane said. “She’s in her 80s, I think. Her boobs are like 20. Her face is like 14. But she still tries. … It’s an odd life. [Don] Rickles is like it, too. I guess they just can’t give it up.”

Leonardo DiCaprio tabbed Hollywood’s biggest star

Vulture magazine polled a group of Hollywood executives on who they thought was the biggest star in cinema today, and the 39-year-old DiCaprio took the top spot.

“He’s actually been a roll here the last 4-5 years,” Minihane said, adding: “He’s had hit after hit.”

“You know who I definitely wouldn’t: Tom Cruise. … He’s a cliche now,” Bradford noted.

Added Minihane of Cruise: “Time has passed him by now. His movie bombed, this ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ which people said was pretty good. You see him now, it’s like a parody.”

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Conor Ryan
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On Thursday’€™s Three For All on Middays with MFB, Tim Benz, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria discussed embarrassing dental experiences, Beyonce and Jay-Z’€™s relationship status and Fauria’€™s interesting “€œfirst date.”

To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– During the Red Sox‘€™s 16-9 loss at the hands of the Cubs Wednesday, NESN color analyst Jerry Remy lost a tooth on air.

Benz went through a similar experience over 10 years ago, as he had to get a tooth replaced after playing a basketball game in college.

“€œThe one rebound I got in my basketball career. … I went up, got the ball, and came down. The tooth went right into the back of [another player'€™s] head.,” Benz said.

“You have a little bit of Luis Suarez in you,”€ Fauria added.

A few years later, Benz was speaking on the air when his tooth suddenly came lose and fell out of his mouth.

“€œI had to go through the entire rest of the show. … I had 90 minutes of radio to go,  Sylvester the Cat talking. It was awful.”

Beyonce changes lyrics to song during performance, Jay-Z cheating rumors surface

The future of one of music’€™s most powerful couples could be in jeopardy. During a live performance Saturday, Beyonce changed the lyrics of her song “Resentment,”€ making it seem like her husband, rapper Jay-Z, had cheated on her.

“Here’€™s a life lesson for all you young, up-in-coming men: Don’€™t date female singers,” Fauria proclaimed. “They will write it in their notebook, they will write a song about you and it will be as vague as possible but you and all your friends will know that that song is about you. … Would you ever date Taylor Swift? Because she writes a song about every guy she dates.”

Following MFB’€™s hot dog eating contest yesterday, Fauria went out to dinner and decided to role-play with his girlfriend and pretended that it was their first date together. Fauria later shocked Benz when he guessed that he also had a similar history of role-playing – with a slightly more nautical tone.

“€œFor some reason, I decided to role-play with my girlfriend last night. And for some reason, we were acting like it was a first date,”€ Fauria said, adding: “Now I know you probably dressed up as a sailor with your wife and came out to sing “On the Good Ship Lollipop’€ at some point in your life.”

“No, I actually haven’€™t,” Benz quickly responded.

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Conor Ryan
Cherington joins us after a brutal three game sweep against the Cubs. Ben also talks about the recent struggles of Xander Bogaerts.
The Red Sox can't buy a break. Dino, Meter and Jerry look at a tough three game set against the Cubs.

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Here are the highlights from Thursday morning’€™s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan, with John Dennis leading the discussion in place of Kirk Minihane, and guest co-hosts John Meterparel and Jerry Thornton joining in.

WWII hero Louis Zamperini dies at 97

Louis Zamperini, a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track team and a World War II hero, passed away after a bout of pneumonia. He was 97 years old.

Zamperini is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand‘€™s book, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption,” which recount’€™s Zamperini’€™s experiences as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Zamperini’€™s plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1943 and he survived on a raft with barely any food and water for 47 days, drinking seagull blood at one point to survive. Zamperini eventually washed ashore on a Japanese island and was held captive and tortured as a prisoner of war for two years.

“€œHe recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia,”€ Zamperini’€™s family said in a statement. “After a 40-day long battle for his life, he peacefully passed away in the presence of his entire family, leaving behind a legacy that has touched so many lives. His indomitable courage and fighting spirit were never more apparent than in these last days.”

“€œPnemonia was the greatest challenge of his life?”€ Dennis asked. “They apparently did not read “Unbroken.” Unbelievable.”

Sgt. Bowe Berghdal goes off base to dine and shop

Bowe Berghdal, the soldier who was returned to the United States in a controversial prisoner swap after being held by the Taliban for five years, has been regularly going off his military post in Texas in order to dine and shop in an effort to reintegrate himself with society.

“I would be feeding him seagull blood,”€ Thornton said, referencing Zamperini’€™s experiences during WWII.

Model poses in bikini with colostomy bags

British makeup artist Bethany Townsend, who suffers from Crohn’€™s disease, was photographed in a bikini while wearing two colostomy bags that she was outfitted with in 2010. The photos have been viewed by more than 9 million people.

“€œYou know what she says the worst part about having a colostomy is? Finding shoes to go with your bag,” Thornton joked.

Target asks customers to not bring firearms into stores

Retailer Target has issued a request to its customers, asking patrons to “€œrespectfully”€ refrain from bringing guns into their stores.

“€œYou know what, I wouldn’t mind leaving my gun at home when I’€™m going to Target,”€ Dennis said. “But based on some of the people that I’ve seen at Walmart, I’ve got to be packing.”

California nanny refuses to leave family’€™s home following firing

Diane Stretton, a 64-year-old nanny, has refused to leave the California home at which she worked before being fired. The couple who hired Stretton to watch their three children fired her after she stopped working, but the nanny has yet to leave the house.

Stretton alleges that the family served her dog food, which was delivered to her bedroom door.

“€œYeah, but it’€™s the canned stuff. It’€™s not the dry [dog food],” Thornton joked.

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Conor Ryan