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, 7 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Braves, 12:10  p.m. (MLB Network)
MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Seattle Sounders, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)

AROUND THE WEB:

Luigi Militello shows off the Red Sox World Series championship ring he found and returned. (AP)

Luigi Militello shows off the Red Sox World Series championship ring he found and returned. (AP)

– A Red Sox 2013 World Series ring is back with its owner thanks to a Yankees fan who found it in his New York restaurant.

Drew Weber, a New York businessman who owns the Lowell Spinners, took the ring on a rare outing and left it on the sink of the bathroom at Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night.

Luigi Militello, who owns the Manhattan establishment, found the ring.

“I was like, ‘Geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?’ ” Militello told The Associated Press. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”

Weber called the restaurant after realizing he couldn’t find his keepsake.

“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations. Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” he said. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

After some teasing followed by some baseball talk, Militello insisted he did not want a reward for finding the ring. However, Weber and the Red Sox will host him for the regular-season finale at Fenway on Sept. 28 — which is against the Yankees and is Derek Jeter‘s last scheduled game. Weber also will make a donation to a charity Militello chose.

– Jets cornerback Dee Milliner has only one year of NFL experience, but he’s showing that he’s an old pro when it comes to acting like a Jet.

Despite being benched multiple times last season before being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month, Milliner claims he’s the best in the league at his position.

“The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner told the New York Daily News. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me.”

Added Milliner: “I’m not going to say somebody that plays the same position is better than me. Don’t care if they’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve been here five months. That’s how it’s going to go. I’m the best. I’m not going to say that another man that plays the same position … and say he’s better than me? I can’t do that.”

Said coach Rex Ryan: “Did he go through growing pains? Absolutely, but he was in the fire. So, right now, it’s nothing new to him. He’s out there, let’s go. And his teammates, believe me, they’re definitely confident in Dee Milliner.”

Vincenzo Nibali completed his domination of the Tour de France on Sunday by becoming the first Italian to win the race since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Nibali, an anti-doping advocate who races for the Astana team, crossed the line on the final stage 24 seconds behind Germany’s Marcel Kittel to win by 7 minutes, 37 seconds over France’s Jean-Christophe Peraud.

“Now that I find myself on the highest step on the Champs-Elysees podium, it’s more beautiful than I ever imagined,” Nibali told the crowd. “I’ve never been this moved in all my life.”

Nibali becomes the sixth rider to win all the Grand Tours — France, Italy and Spain.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 28, 1983, the Rangers replaced which former Red Sox manager with which other former Sox skipper?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I respect his desire to play more, and yet we’ve been very consistent with his role. I understand when players want to get on the field more consistently.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, responding to Mike Carp‘s request for more playing time or a trade

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 – The jersey number LeBron James will wear with the Cavaliers, as he announced plans to go back to his original number after wearing No. 6 with the Heat

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez makes an impressive diving catch against the Pirates.

Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce makes a diving catch against the Mariners.

Pirates baserunner Josh Harrison slides past second base on a steal but then eludes the Rockies defense in a long rundown.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Don Zimmer was replaced by Darrell Johnson, the opposite of the situation in Boston in 1976

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jonathan Edwards was born on this day in 1946.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The boys get into the biggest story and debate going on with the Red Sox right now - what do they do with Jon Lester? It's a decision that could really shape the franchise heading in to the future.
Buck's column today dealt with the awesome story of Jordan Leandre and the boys have Saul Wisnia on to discuss that story and more details from the '04 Sox team. He also gives his opinions on what went wrong this season.

[0:00:06] ... author of the book miracle at Fenway the inside story of the Boston Red Sox 2004. Championship season salt Wednesday it's all good morning how -- -- Do very well thank you of course Steve Buckley here ...
[0:02:06] ... of course that would think what are you guys compared it to Jon Lester into the comparison -- -- -- Roger Clemens you look at them. And he's a horse and it's hard to believe this ...
[0:03:35] ... for Pedro and then not indeed that wonderful. -- put slocum for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek period that would work up pretty well. And and then of course the new owners come in and you know typically a ...





Villani is in for Butch on Sports Sunday and he and Buck get things going looking at yet another loss last night from the Red Sox in Tampa. The guys also get into more complaining from David Ortiz and if Big Papi is worth of the HOF. They then chat about Jon Lester's contract status and the trade deadline.
Jeff Howe from the Boston Herald joins Kid Villani to discuss Pats' training camp and the shining star that is Darelle Revis
Danny may be the last person, but he has finally given up on the Red Sox chances in 2014

[0:00:18] ... and militants had opened November -- sometime in October -- whenever this. Jon Lester. Last night six innings. Two runs walked one struck out 710. Pitches. No decision the Red Sox lose six to four to ...
[0:01:07] ... our it was just. Icing on the cake of frustration for the Boston Red Sox back Karbala -- And I have come to the realization Jerry. That the season is over. And I know a lot of people get up on this team on time on all right you all right this season was gone putt. When you come back from the all star break and you -- the Kansas City Royals and you know. At what happened and come up with big hits -- runs and -- position and we knew this team could pitch. You win three straight angle on -- right UN. You went straight to beat Toronto fourteen don't want scored fourteen runs knowing all that's not. Now I know was going to be Boston Red Sox baseball or its -- fourteen runs again. When you win eight of nine at that point and fourth straight. I never should ...
[0:03:38] ... Sox have done the season I said don't do that. -- -- Jon Lester has come -- -- I want stay with the Boston Red Sox he said spring training I think he genuinely feels that way blot. My concern would be if you'll give him a taste. ...
[0:08:11] ... lost it this season has done but it doesn't mean a trader Jon Lester do you -- Jon Lester. I've now back to the point where I say yes you say yes it I want Jon -- here trust me I ...






Jerry Thornton joins Danny Picard to discuss the opening of Patriots' training camp and Gronk gives out radio gold, "Smashin' an Dashin'"
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.

[0:04:42] ... For a -- Torre felt weird on it and then he had Bernard Pollard the typhoid Mary of patriots lower leg injuries. -- to the ground in and rip that that's a that's a damn -- ...
[0:05:31] ... of it was he ready was he not ready we need doctor James Sanders to now consult on this and will be his decision. But the patriots decision patriots have cleared him and you hear rumblings ...
[0:07:34] ... gonna go with a big -- I will say this and and Matt Chatham our colleague here tweeted about this. About him wearing the big arm brace and he said many times when guys. Have to ...
[0:17:52] ... I've I've been watching sports -- -- down to let up. Both Tedy Bruschi and -- the warmer down there I saw Robert Kraft was on Bill Belichick was on Tom Brady was on. And they ...