The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. Today the guys discussed David Gregory's tanking Meet The Press ratings.

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.

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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESNplus; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL playoffs: Bruins at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NESN, NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Lightning at Canadiens, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Flyers, 8 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Sharks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Pacers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Nets at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Wizards at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
Soccer: UEFA Champions League, Chelsea at Atletico Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jacoby Ellsbury is set to make his first appearance at Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees. (AP)

Former Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to make his first appearance at Fenway Park as a member of the Yankees on Monday night. (AP)

Jacoby Ellsbury makes his return to Fenway Park on Monday as a member of the Yankees, and Johnny Damon, who was in a similar situation eight years ago, says the boos the outfielder will hear will be good for him.

“It’s going to be great for Ellsbury to go back,” Damon told the New York Post. “The fact that almost everybody will be booing will make it easier. That would be tougher on certain individuals, but the good thing about him is that he plays hard.”

Damon left Boston in 2006, apparently unwanted by Red Sox management despite helping Boston end its 86-year title drought in 2004, and signed with the Yankees. In his first game back at Fenway, he turned the boos into cheers (at least partly) when he stopped and tipped his helmet to the crowd before his first at-bat.

“I knew all the fans weren’t booing,” Damon said. “I did a lot of things there. I brought a different attitude to the clubhouse and helped with a championship. To those who were booing, the hell with them.”

Ellsbury said he hasn’t been thinking about the reaction he’ll receive, although he’s well aware of how “passionate” Red Sox fans are.

“We will see what happens when the time comes,” Ellsbury said. “You can’t think about what they are going to do. In this game you can only focus on what you can do. You can’t worry about the other stuff you can’t control. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life.”

– The Knicks began their rebuild under new team president Phil Jackson when they fired coach Mike Woodson and his assistants on Monday.

The Knicks, expected to compete for one of the top spots in the Eastern Conference this season, went 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

Jackson noted in a statement that “blame should not be put on one individual,” but added that “the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build the team for next season and beyond.”

Woodson, who finished third in NBA Coach of the Year balloting last season after New York went 54-28, ends his Knicks career with a .580 winning percentage, ranking him third in franchise history behind Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy.

TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson in Chicago, has been rumored to be the leading candidate.

“It’s going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around,” Kerr said Monday during his SiriusXM NBA Radio show. “I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes.”

– ESPN football analyst Keyshawn Johnson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery early Monday morning after a dispute with his ex-girlfriend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told reporters.

Johnson, 41, was released shortly after 9 a.m. after posting $20,000 bail.

An ESPN spokesman said the network was aware of the incident and was “looking into it.”

Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Jets, played for the Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers as part of his 11-year NFL career before retiring in 2006.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 22, 1993, which Mariners pitcher walked the first two Red Sox batters of the game but went on to pitch a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in Seattle?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “At the end I just kept thinking, ‘Boston Strong, Boston Strong.’ I was thinking, ‘Give everything you have. If you get beat, that’s it.” — Meb Keflezighi, after becoming the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years with his finish in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds Monday

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 1/3 – Innings pitched by Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz in Monday’s 7-6 loss to the Orioles, the pitcher’s shortest start ever at Fenway Park

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here are highlights of the last few minutes of regulation and overtime from the Grizzlies’ thrilling overtime victory over the Thunder, including Kevin Durant‘s four-point play and Kendrick Perkins‘ putback at the buzzer that forced OT.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, playing behind second base as part of a shift against Indians batter Jason Giambi, races well past the third-base foul line to make a sliding catch.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Chris Bosio

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Peter Frampton was born on this day in 1950.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
The guys opened the show by discussing yesterday's Boston Marathon and Kirk's run.
Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.

[0:00:04] ... it's 41 win a big part of yesterday's. 41 win over the Detroit Red Wings he's in Detroit for games three and -- Patrice Bergeron joins us on the AT&T hotline -- -- Soria. You do it we're doing great things I was sunny beautiful Detroit today. ...
[0:08:28] ... me. Do you think you've got one of the best goaltender the National Hockey League if not the best goaltender in the NHL. Yeah I think -- the question -- I think -- supreme. Is improving. From ...
[0:09:04] ... home here. A -- think very much take care. That is up Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron joining us from Detroit where the Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings in game three and four. He reminds me so much of -- -- in this regard on. Off both arrived here and started playing when they were eighteen year old kid. Pulled. Spoke virtually no English when they arrive. Came from you know French speaking Quebec. Had almost no grasp of the English language and now when you hear what you. At that point in his career with great work now with Patrice Bergeron at that point of his career you think we've been useful life has been. His whole professional like he has been. Eight team. Wouldn't play this person -- the -- -- the other night -- eighteen. It was they couldn't we think the board at the point. Who Martin -- to remember about kind of children in the -- -- -- -- -- with Marty scrambling and and I did it with a perfectly production for an eighteen year old kid into the National Hockey League. He is truly one of the leader of this team and one of the inspirational. Figure that this team. And I know ...
[0:11:24] ... couldn't get to allow a lot of headlines in the in the National Hockey League or in any other professional. -- the guys in the NHL who don't do that. And they still they still -- that. ...






Dale and Michael speak with Patrice Bergeron on the phone from Detroit on Marathon Monday fresh off a Bruins optional skate. Patrice talks about the B's slow start in game one, putting it all together for the team in game two, how the rest of this series might play out, and what this anniversary of the Boston Marathon means to him.

[0:00:04] ... it's 41 win a big part of yesterday's. 41 win over the Detroit Red Wings he's in Detroit for games three and -- Patrice Bergeron joins us on the AT&T hotline -- -- Soria. You do it we're doing great things I was sunny beautiful Detroit today. ...
[0:08:28] ... me. Do you think you've got one of the best goaltender the National Hockey League if not the best goaltender in the NHL. Yeah I think -- the question -- I think -- supreme. Is improving. From ...
[0:09:04] ... home here. A -- think very much take care. That is up Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron joining us from Detroit where the Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings in game three and four. He reminds me so much of -- -- in this regard on. Off both arrived here and started playing when they were eighteen year old kid. Pulled. Spoke virtually no English when they arrive. Came from you know French speaking Quebec. Had almost no grasp of the English language and now when you hear what you. At that point in his career with great work now with Patrice Bergeron at that point of his career you think we've been useful life has been. His whole professional like he has been. Eight team. Wouldn't play this person -- the -- -- the other night -- eighteen. It was they couldn't we think the board at the point. Who Martin -- to remember about kind of children in the -- -- -- -- -- with Marty scrambling and and I did it with a perfectly production for an eighteen year old kid into the National Hockey League. He is truly one of the leader of this team and one of the inspirational. Figure that this team. And I know ...
[0:11:24] ... couldn't get to allow a lot of headlines in the in the National Hockey League or in any other professional. -- the guys in the NHL who don't do that. And they still they still -- that. ...






Dale and Michael discuss the first two games of this 1-8 playoff matchup and take your phone calls as well.
Dale and Michael discuss the first two games of this 1-8 playoff matchup and take your phone calls as well.
We check in with Rob Bradford after he completes the amazing task of running a marathon in the warm sun in Boston today.

[0:00:00] ... Well I'm not exactly sure what the the Boston Marathon record is for most weeks. For 26 point two -- but I'm fairly certain rob Bradford broke at about. Four hours ago. ...
[0:02:55] ... back whenever it is. What the hardest part for me was your Fort Myers doing it for lives. -- It's. You're 21 miles I think we did not on March 20. And I feel like Nokia ...
[0:04:50] ... up like they are the Yankees that stuff. I see where both. Shane Victorino and will middle Brooks. Are in the pocket lineup tonight. How close are we to getting both those guys back into the Red Sox -- -- to rebuild pretty soon here of course -- -- these -- you know who goes down. It. So I don't ...





We check in with Rob Bradford after he completes the amazing task of running a marathon in the warm sun in Boston today.

[0:00:00] ... Well I'm not exactly sure what the the Boston Marathon record is for most weeks. For 26 point two -- but I'm fairly certain rob Bradford broke at about. Four hours ago. ...
[0:02:55] ... back whenever it is. What the hardest part for me was your Fort Myers doing it for lives. -- It's. You're 21 miles I think we did not on March 20. And I feel like Nokia ...
[0:04:50] ... up like they are the Yankees that stuff. I see where both. Shane Victorino and will middle Brooks. Are in the pocket lineup tonight. How close are we to getting both those guys back into the Red Sox -- -- to rebuild pretty soon here of course -- -- these -- you know who goes down. It. So I don't ...