Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Pittsburgh at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: NY Yankees vs. Tampa Bay, 1:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Cincinnati vs. Chicago White Sox, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: LA Dodgers vs. Texas, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Toronto at Miami, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
NHL: Tampa Bay at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN, WBZ-FM 98.5)
NHL: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
College basketball: Michigan vs. Oregon, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: West Virginia vs. Gonzaga, 7:39 p.m. (TBS)
College basketball: Purdue vs. Kansas, 9:39 p.m. (CBS)
College basketball: Xavier vs. Arizona, 10:09 p.m. (TBS)

AROUND THE WEB: 

— Team USA beat Puerto Rico 8-0 Wednesday night to win the World Baseball Classic.

Marcus Stroman didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning for the United States and was named the tournament’s MVP. He threw 73 pitches, 44 for strikes to go along with three strikeouts and one walk.

“I love pitching in these moments,” Stroman said afterwards. “I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I’m able to get up, the more effective I am.

This was Puerto Rico’s first loss in eight games.

“These guys were here to do their best,” said Team USA general manager Joe Torre. “The thing I marveled at was how quickly they came together, and [manager] Jimmy [Leyland] deserves a lot of that credit. They’re just a great group who understood what this event is all about.”

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presented the trophy to Leyland, who dedicated the win to the country’s armed services.

“This is for the men and women who serve our country,” Leyland said.

“There was only one thing on our mind, was to win this thing and to do whatever we can to win,” said left fielder Christian Yelich. “That helped us come together.”

“Marcus set the tone right off the bat and just was dealing,” he went on. “And we kind of fed off that and we were just rolling ever since.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our guys played like champions in the last 20 minutes, and we really were able to have a lot of things go right, which they needed to pretty much just had to fall the way they did or we would have been in trouble. So it was a great year and a great victory for our team.” — Bill Belichick, to Mike Krzyzewski, on the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI win 

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Hour 3. Trenni, Tomase, and Gerry continue their conversation on immigration and Islam. Gerry thinks Mut is copying their idea with his bracket. Mike and Mike tickled Goodell during their interview.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Hour 2. Trenni and Tomase think we need to stop the anti-Muslim rhetoric. Gerry says we need to keep people from dangerous countries out. Headlines with Trenni features Rachel Maddow on The View. Gerry thinks President Trump has softened on immigration compared to candidate Trump.
Hour 1. With Kirk out, Gerry is joined by Trenni and Tomase. In the first segment, Trenni, Gerry, and Tomase talk food, NBA players using Tinder, and NFL commercials. Next, the hosts agree Lonzo Ball has to come to Boston both for his skill and entertainment value. Finally, Trenni reacts to Kirk’s take on Comcast.
Hour 1. With Kirk out, Gerry is joined by Trenni and Tomase. In the first segment, Trenni, Gerry, and Tomase talk food, NBA players using Tinder, and NFL commercials. Next, the hosts agree Lonzo Ball has to come to Boston both for his skill and entertainment value. Finally, Trenni reacts to Kirk’s take on Comcast.
Mut officially announces the creation of his brainchild "the Best WEEI Host Bracket" in which 16 WEEI personalities go head to head in a tournament to determine who your favorite personality at the station is. Mut introduces the personalities in the field, and debates with Keefe and Bradfo about different entrants validity and chances. Sign up for the bracket and vote at: weei.com/mut
Mut and Bradfo debate whether or not they think NBA teams resting players during the regular season is bad for the league and for fans. The guys also prepare to get ready for baseball season by practicing their best in game talking points.
Mut is joined by Rob Bradford, and the two of them discuss a story alleging Donald Trump is the reason Colin Kaepernick is still out of a job in the NFL.

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