Welcome to Wednesday’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 Wednesday’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: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Copa del Rey final, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 3:25 p.m. (ESPN)


– Red Sox manager John Farrell likely would disagree, but Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called the first couple of weeks of expanded instant replay “remarkable.”

Heading into Wednesday’s games, there had been 89 challenges, with 30 being overturned, 33 confirmed as accurate and the rest left to stand due to a lack of “clear and convincing evidence.” One such call occurred in Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game when replay officials could not access the same feed that showed television viewers evidence that a call against the Sox should have been changed (MLB later acknowledged its mistake). Farrell was ejected from Sunday’s game for complaining about the replay system after a call was overturned in New York’s favor, although that one appeared to be the correct decision.

“We’ve had really very little controversy overall,” Selig said Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit in New York. “Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I’m saying to you again, you’ll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned.”

Calls are analyzed in at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and MLBAM chief executive officer Bob Bowman said the process needs time to work better, while tweaking ESPN in his comment.

“Technology takes a while to work,” Bowman said. “I don’t know if you ever bought a new car. You don’t know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you a while to learn it. We’re under 30 days old, and I know we’ve arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is.”

– The NCAA took a step toward being more accommodating toward athletes when its legislative council approved a proposal to allow Division 1 schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier brought the issue to the forefront during the Final Four when he complained that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he could not afford food.

Schools had been allowed to provide three meals a day or a stipend to scholarship athletes. Assuming the board of directors approve the measure at its April 24 meeting, schools would be able to provide more meals and snacks to all athletes.

The committee also agreed to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test as long as the drug is not performance-enhancing (such as marijuana). The proposal cuts the penalty from a full season to a half-season.

– Boston University guard Maurice Watson is transferring to Creighton. The 5-foot-10 sophomore, who earlier this month announced plans to leave BU, signed a letter of intent for the Nebraska school and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.

“We are excited to welcome Maurice Watson Jr. to the Creighton basketball family,’€ Creighton coach Greg McDermott said in a statement. “Maurice has proven over the course of the last two seasons at Boston University that he is an unselfish point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball. I believe he will excel in our up-tempo system. He comes from a tremendous family and possesses the core values in terms of character and passion that our program has come to expect. We can’€™t wait to get him on campus!”

Watson averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 assists last season and was a first-team All-Patriot League selection after leading the Terriers to the Patriot League regular-season title in BU’s first season in the conference. The Philadelphia native said moving to the Big East was a major part of his decision.

“This is a big stage, with great fans, an amazing arena and a new practice facility,” he told the Omaha World-Herald after visiting Creighton over the weekend. “Everything I wanted is right here.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 16, 1977, which Red Sox pitcher made his major league debut by pitching four innings of relief and earning the save in the first of 637 career appearances for Boston?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong.” – Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – No-decisions this season for Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, who has allowed just four runs over 18 2/3 innings, including a six-inning, one-run effort in Boston’s 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard teases some NBA and NFL legends in an adidas ad.

Shaquille O’Neal shows off his singing skills in this TNT skit that includes him smashing Brent Barry‘s guitar.

At the end of Rutgers’ spring football practice, two fans in wheelchairs get to participate in a reverse for a touchdown.

This dog apparently is a big NHL fan.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Roy Hamilton was born on this day in 1929.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

A 25-year-old Boston man was taken into custody at the Boston Marathon finish line and will be charged with possession of a hoax device after police blew up two backpacks Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Hours after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the man dropped a backpack that he later said contained a rice cooker, authorities said.

A 25-year-old Boston man was taken into custody at the Boston Marathon finish line and will be charged with possession of a hoax device after police blew up two backpacks Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Hours after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the man dropped a backpack that he later said contained a rice cooker, authorities said.

Kayvon Edson, who was spotted walking down a rainy Boylston Street barefoot and with a black veil over his head while shouting “Boston Strong,” reportedly faces charges of disorderly conduct, possession of a hoax device and disturbing the peace.

NECN reported that one of the backpacks belonged to its news crew.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.

[0:03:23] ... Yeah let's Iowa get to the series OS but the coaches here's Mike Babcock obviously is that the head coach rep for team Canada and I think we credited. We'll watch that team place a while Claude Julien as thumbprint on this team you know as far as the style -- league defensively. And I'm just -- If he -- ...
[0:04:51] ... it and I think -- where. The -- will be in the series. A neighbor of NASA is joining us a -- wants -- fifty times already this week the team speed brick of Detroit. -- ...
[0:09:26] ... the playoff repeated a mismatch that they act 2011 who won the Stanley Cup it. And what sort of reluctantly do the second half court Eric's -- dramatically at that. The concussion issues particularly that flexibility ...

Our friend Michele McPhee joined the show to discuss the latest with Kayvon.

[0:01:58] ... He said my family has done all we -- to Foster Kevin's mental health. Thank god he did not hurt anybody so I guess at least in his brother's mind Michelle the potential for. Somebody getting injured may have been there in the sick person's mind. In the big question you know -- becoming a bloody awful tragedies like Andy working in had been. And sick individual users don't want word. Pat on the bigger that the fans aren't you in Baghdad after that out yet at the spot where Joseph Biden apple app to be here at the glad that. You know -- -- -- -- Joseph Biden and city officials but more importantly. These survivor the people aren't aren't drove the car engine and the rehabilitate it -- inning and a -- -- -- -- -- As I was saying that Michelle we were a morning person that could have been much worse because. I can't imagine what it would have been like to be disrupted that ceremony with the Richard family Deval Patrick crystal Campbell's. Parents -- -- of service there it would have been -- -- -- viral around the world a matter of minutes fortunately he slept in and did it at night I mean it wasn't to a the best time because the Norton's just finished there walk but as far as you know Michelle he acted alone correct. He had any act a lot of -- I think everybody is saying that it hit mental health certain payroll that big Mac -- and you know the bomb squad and I have that. They have been backpack. Right on ...
[0:04:12] ... have a -- It's actually keep it that I have a lot mental health history and against wild men and helping him. They're like why wasn't anyone helping -- wins out that's gluten -- out of ...
[0:04:50] ... it's nearly impossible. Impossible to get them out. Yeah we've read so New York Times story yesterday talked with that woman in Wisconsin who's in love with Joseph Carr and I you have. This guy who who ...
[0:08:22] ... have to really get anywhere -- one. Hey did you see the New York Times story yes that surprise -- and beaten to the the conditions that -- We did that Bryan talked editorial today they did ...

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

[0:01:03] ... the one year anniversary of the events led to the capture the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. By inviting the community to fill the streets of Watertown. Any celebratory five K road race and walk. -- -- ...
[0:08:11] ... cappuccino who turned 62 today a deal. Yeah I think against the Bill Belichick optics to take it to make an exorbitant it to -- through a Bill Belichick. In general life gets better as you age in the sense that older adults on average fewer hassles. In response them better ...
[0:08:50] ... the other thing when you turn seventy you want to go watch field hockey. Racquets. Excellent you have to go PTA meetings how's that. That's regret that. And go. Like I -- PPE -- Are teachers and a parent teacher conference right now I think what -- -- -- grandkids. The -- -- know. You walk and Toyota feel are open I will not go to feel I'm not it is -- -- -- -- curling rhythmic gymnast. -- -- -- it's irrelevant it's like who cares what it's like you're great to feel good about what crickets pop up ...

We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.

[0:04:01] ... dodge a ball whether to hear from an injury perspective with both Dustin Pedroia and -- you are. Yeah I think so you know I you know that there are some short term situation that we've ...
[0:06:25] ... particular physical look at shortstop as -- -- operational. When I -- Jake Peavy -- forty pitch inning for your early in last night's game I would've given zero chance he would have gotten it through ...
[0:09:19] ... some stability at the lead off positioning your batting order and is Grady Sizemore at least closing to the point physically where that could happen. It's cool it yet and I would -- actually -- spot. ...
[0:10:06] ... a reason for doing everything from shore but the numbers suggest that Dustin Pedroia as a lead off guy. Is not so good what's the what's the reason for putting him. You know like Michael that ...

We discuss the Red Sox after our interview with John Farrell, and Dustin Pedroia in the lead-off position has become a hot topic.

[0:11:13] ... you have the right guy and -- wasn't the right after them Jon Lester we have the right guy. You cannot stick to the well we're gonna have four years here and that's the value we ...
[0:17:49] ... up doing. Option is replacing Jacoby Ellsbury with Jackie Bradley to. Org Grady Sizemore well it's not going to be. -- and I'm talking more about the lead -- position. I'm not talking to center field ...
[0:23:46] ... identify the right players. You don't think -- right guy you know Jon Lester. It and paint Erica. -- -- you and I have no disagreement on that point. Mean I think -- low ball Jon Lester. In in such a way that I think was it and an insult. And stop don't start with the Florida how much ...
[0:24:37] ... line. Dan that the -- ski. On ESPN. Was saying what is Jon Lester Israel back. Dollars -- he's not gonna have. He's not gonna get if the Red Sox don't economy won't get Clayton Kershaw Felix Hernandez -- Justin Verlander I agree -- the conclusion. That he's a number two starter. For years to come will be -- project ...

We discuss the Bruins first round matchup vs the Red Wings, and why many national folks think this series could be the one to watch for an early round upset.

[0:01:04] ... games that we went with Adam Oates. You know Brad hall the Brendan Shanahan days and then I was gone I was gone at age sixteen knows that plane and seventeen excuse me Germany went to ...
[0:05:52] ... bit nervous about it tail and little nervous because you know the Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs 23 straight years and of great historic. One of the best franchise in sports and I've agreed I'm ...
[0:07:35] ... it's a power play there. They're clearly the better team I think Mike Babcock. Gave you a glimpse. I'll break -- -- by a great deal of what basically psychological game plan is at the very ...
[0:09:42] ... of of effort. Jimmy Howard has played an entire season for the Detroit Red Wings. He's been up and down there he's been count I'm -- and a big part of that I'm not blaming Jimmy Howard by the way. A big part of that is the fact that the Detroit Red Wings. Have a very young and inexperienced defense -- and and people talk about the inexperience on the bruins' defense. That the Bruins are actually much more experienced. Specially Stanley Cup experience and the Detroit Red Wings are. That's been the prob that's been the Achilles heel for the red wings this entire season. And I don't see that ...