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Tue, 09/03/2013 - 8:05am  

Mashup: 'Disappointed' Matsuzaka lit up again

Welcome to Tuesday’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.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: White Sox at Yankees, 7 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Cardinals at Reds, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) Women’s soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Mexico, 8 p.m. (FS1) Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m. (ESPN2), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

• The Daisuke Matsuzaka experiment in New York is not going so well. The former Red Sox pitcher was lit up for the third straight time Monday as the struggling Mets lost a 13-5 decision to the Braves in Atlanta.

Matsuzaka allowed six earned runs, including a long three-run home run to Freddie Freeman, in just three innings of work.

“You guys saw the results. I’m very disappointed in myself today,” Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. “The difference between my good pitches and my bad pitches is just too big, and that’s something that needs to change.”

Said manager Terry Collins: “One of the things we’ve been a little surprised at is [Matsuzaka] has been so known for locating his pitches. And that’s something he’s not doing.”

The pitcher acknowledged that time might be running out. He’s 0-3 with a 10.95 ERA since being signed last month, following his release from the Indians, for whom he had been pitching in Triple-A.

Said Matsuzaka: “Looking at the way I pitched today, if I’m told this is my last start, then it’s something I’ll have to accept.”

Collins, however, said he he plans to get Matsuzaka ready for his next outing, which could come Sunday in Cleveland.

“He’s got to get it going for us because we’ve got a lot more games to play this month and he’s going to be a part of those games right now,” Collins said. “But he’s got to get it going. We need him for innings, and that’s why we got him.”

• Onetime heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Morrison, also known for starring in “Rocky V,” died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital at the age of 44.

Morrison was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1996 but later denied he had the virus, insisting there was a conspiracy even as he lived out the final days of his life.

Morrison won the vacant world title in the summer of 1993, beating George Foreman in Las Vegas. But he was upset by Michael Bentt shortly thereafter and never reached the same heights. After receiving his HIV diagnosis, he was banned from boxing.

He had numerous legal troubles — including assault, weapons charges and multiple DUI arrests — and was sentenced to two years in prison in 2000, with another year added to his sentence in 2002 for violating parole. He returned to the ring after his release, posting two wins to finish with a record of 48-3-1 with 42 knockouts.

Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, as the 64-year-old endurance swimmer completed the approximately 110-mile journey Monday afternoon when she arrived at Key West.

It took Nyad about 53 hours to finish, which she did in her fifth attempt. Her last bid, in 2012, ended with her face puffy and swollen due to jellyfish stings. This time she had more protection, including a mask that she wore at night, when jellyfish rise to the surface.

“I am about to swim my last 2 miles in the ocean,” Nyad told her support crew as she closed in on the shore, according to her website. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very glad to be with you.”

Nyad was greeted by cheering spectators as she touched ground and then was put on a stretcher and given medical treatment, including an IV.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox reliever picked up the save in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles and in the process became the first pitcher in team history to appear in at least 70 games three years in a row?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’t think they have anybody to stop me. For real. I think we have guys in the receiver room that are as good as I am, if not better. I just have that confidence in my teammates and in myself.” – Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, on Sunday’s game against the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 – Times the Red Sox have been shut out when John Lackey has started for them this season, including Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Tigers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): An Australian man sets a record for the longest basketball shot, hitting one from 98 meters (321 feet) from an observation tower in the Netherlands on his 62nd attempt.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Timlin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Electric blues guitar legend Freddie King, who died in 1976, was born on this day in 1934.




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