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Hanley Ramirez left Monday night's game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez left Monday night’s game after crashing into the wall. (Getty Images)

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Paul Chartier

I’m calling this, The Red Sox Star Wars Day Paradox.

I like the Red Sox. I like Star Wars. I like comedy. I like interviews. And yet this Red Sox Star Wars comedy interview is a disaster of such Alderaan-getting-blown-into-space-gravel proportions. I don’t even know where to begin. I mean, poor Gary Striewski. Clay Buchholz is in the midst of getting lit up like a light saber and he’s been sent by his producers down to exchange witty banter with a guy through a helmet. A guy who can’t decide whether to stay in character and play it that way or be wacky and talk about playing ping pong on the Death Star. It’s rare that you ever get to see perfection in this world. Everything created by humans is fraught with some degree of imperfection. And yet NESN might have produced the perfectly, awkward interview. Just a towering achievement in excruciating, flawlessly terrible television.

I don’t know how much Don Orsillo makes, but the fact he didn’t quit his job before Striewski sent it back to him tells me it must be a lot.


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

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The CEO of the Olympics joined the show to discuss Boston's bid.

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Chris Russo joined the show to discuss his coverage of the Mayweather fight.

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The guys discussed the latest poor outing by Buchholz.

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Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2014 joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss the status of the bid and what is to come.

Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2014 joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss the status of the bid and what is to come. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Davey said the biggest thing right now is to convince people that there will be no tax payer dollars going towards the event, as it will be privately funded.

“We have to convince people we’re not going to use tax payer dollar for venues and operations,” said Davey. “Those are right questions, other governments do that. We haven’t produced a detailed plan yet. In the next couple months [we will] so you guys can give us feedback and we’re confident we can do that. I know you have traffic and other concerns and we can talk about that, but the number one piece is we need to assure people is we’re not going to use tax payer dollars.”

He added: “All in it’s $9 billion. The billion for security and the rest is privately funded, so it’s game operations, you get it from TV revenue, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships.”

Federal tax payers will have to cover $1 billion for security, but Davey noted they will likely apply for a national security event.

“There’s a process in place that we apply for with what is called a national security event,” Davey said. “The Olympics in 2002 got, political party conventions get that, in fact, a couple Super Bowls have as well. Guys, even if we lose the Olympics, I have news for you, we’re going to be paying for security whether it is in Paris or Rome of Hamburg. We deploy special security forces, the military to some extent, we did it in Sochi 18 months ago to protect their athletes.”

Former governor Deval Patrick was on the committee and making reportedly $7,500 a day. He’s now not being paid, but still on the committee.

“It didn’t work out. It’s worked out now,” Davey said. “He’s going to be part of the team without being paid. The governor we think will be a great ambassador internationally for sure. He’s well liked and we’ll use him strategically on the road.”

There have also been reports Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino will be on the committee and helping out in any way that he can.

“If Larry joins, I am [excited],” said Davey. “I don’t know Larry extremely well. We worked together in a few projects around Fenway Park. He has great predation he’s obviously done a lot with the Padres, the Orioles and the Sox, so he’d be a great addition.”

As for what is next, there will likely be a vote in the state of Massachusetts to see if the population of the state wants to have the Olympics in Boston, and ultimately, the final decision on the host city will be made in the summer of 2017.

“Our next bid is due to the International Olympic Committee in January of ’16,” Davey said. “We’ll have a revision due in January of ’17 and then the IOC will make it’s final decision in the summer of ’17.”

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Hawks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Wild, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Ducks at Flames, 9:30 p.m. (USA)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Juventus vs. Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


La'el Collins (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

La’el Collins met with police and now is meeting with NFL teams about his future. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

— La’el Collins, the LSU offensive tackle who was projected to be a first-round pick but went undrafted following the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, met with police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Monday and then dined with Bills coach Rex Ryan.

Collins, who unsuccessfully tried to pull out of the draft hours before it started, had been sought for questioning by police about the April 24 death of Brittney Mills. The 29-year-old Mills, who was eight months pregnant, was shot dead after opening the front door of her apartment. Her unborn child initially survived but later died at a hospital.

Collins has not been named as a suspect, only someone the police wanted to interview in an effort to get information about the case.

“It went fine; we answered all their questions,” Collins’ attorney, Jim Boren, told The Times-Picayune of the meeting with police. “La’el is not going to make any comments. I’m not going to have any comments. The investigation is going to continue. La’el is now going to start making an effort to start getting his football career back on track.”

Added Boren: “I think [Collins] is not a suspect. He answered all the questions they had. Every question, we didn’t claim the fifth [amendment]. We answered every single question. We gave them all the information they asked for. He’s ready to get his life back.”

After having dinner with Ryan at a restaurant in Baton Rouge, Collins reportedly was scheduled to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday. The Cowboys and Saints are rumored to have an interest as well.

Because he was not drafted, Collins could sign with any team an undrafted free agent. Although he would receive far less money than if he had been drafted in the first round, he would have the option to renegotiate his three-year UDFA deal after two seasons. There also are reports that Collins could attempt to enter the 2016 draft.

Josh Hamilton, acquired by the Rangers from the Angels last week, made his first appearance in a game of any kind since October when he took the field Monday in an extended spring training game in Surprise, Arizona.

Hamilton, who was 0-for-13 in the Angels’ loss to the Royals in the American League Division Series before having offseason shoulder surgery and then admitting to a relapse with alcohol and drugs, struck out and hit three grounders to first base Monday.

“Seeing live pitching, getting his timing down, all those sort of things are going to take some time,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “But physically, the shoulder, the reports that we’re getting, you can’t tell there was an issue. He seems to be 100 percent, running well, throwing well.”

A five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP in his first stint in Texas, Hamilton is slated to join the Rangers’ Triple-A team in Round Rock, Texas, in a few days, and then move up to the majors later this month.

— Manny Pacquiao’s camp claimed the boxer had a shoulder injury when he lost to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, and on Monday reports emerged that the boxer will have surgery later this week.

“We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear,” Dr. Neal ElAttrache told “He has a significant tear.”

According to ElAttrache, Pacquaio will be sidelined for up to a year.

Pacquiao normally is an offense-minded fighter, but on Saturday he lacked the aggression he’s shown in the past. Pacquiao’s camp made a request for an anti-inflammatory shot in the dressing room, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission denied it because Pacquiao did not disclose his injury early enough.

“It’s part of the game,” Pacquiao said after the bout. “I don’t want to make alibis or complain about anything, [but] it’s hard to fight one-handed.”

Said ElAttrache: “He did alter the way he fought to get through the fight with the injury. He is in pain.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 5, 1969, in Game 7 of the NBA finals, the Celtics edged the Lakers, 108-106, for their 11th title in 13 seasons. It was the final game for which two Celtics legends?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Bad breaks count for the two of [the runs]. Left the changeup up, the kid [Joey Butler] hit it. Other than that, I felt like I threw the ball pretty good.” – Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, after allowing four runs on five hits in the first two innings of Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Rays that dropped the Sox in last place in the AL East

STAT OF THE DAY: 1,054 – Career postseason assists for LeBron James, who had nine in Monday’s 99-92 Game 1 loss to the Bulls, moving him past Scottie Pippen and within eight of Larry Bird for fourth place on the NBA’s all-time list

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mariners catcher Mike Zunino fires a strike to second base to catch Collin Cowgill attempting to steal and end Monday’s game against the Angels.

Astros right fielder George Springer makes a sliding catch before hitting the wall to record an out against the Rangers.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw reaches behind his back to snare a one-hopper from Brewers batter Elian Herrera and throw him out.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Russell and Sam Jones

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnnie Taylor, who died in 2000, was born on this day in 1934.

Adele was born on this day in 1988.

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Jerry Spar