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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rockies at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Astros, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: All-Star Game, 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jonathan Papelbon‘s trade to the Nationals would appear to be a boost to Washington, but not everyone is thrilled with the team landing a new closer.

Drew Storen, who has 29 saves in 31 chances and a 1.73 ERA, was informed Tuesday that he’ll be replaced by the former Phillies closer, demoted to fill-in closing and set-up responsibilities.

“All I’m going to say is obviously I’m aware of the move,” Storen told reporters. “Talked to [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] about it, talked to my agent. We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that.”

As part of the trade, the Nationals agreed to pick up Papelbon’s option for 2016 (albeit reportedly for $11 million, less than the original $13 million). The Phillies, who received pitching prospect Nick Pivetta, are said to be paying the remainder of Papelbon’s 2015 salary ($4.5 million).

While Storen has been solid, the rest of Washington’s relievers have not been as impressive. The team is 42-7 when leading after six innings (46-0 when leading entering the ninth). The bullpen combined has a 3.39 ERA, 12th in the majors. Adding Papelbon and altering Storen’s role should, on paper, make the Nationals much stronger overall.

Rizzo acknowledged that the news “was difficult to take” for Storen, but the 27-year-old “took it like a pro, and he’s going to be a professional in the clubhouse and on the mound.”

As for the 34-year-old Papelbon, a six-time All-Star who starred for the Red Sox before signing as a free agent with Philadelphia, he carries a 1.59 ERA and saved all 17 of his chances for the last-place Phillies this season.

“This guy wants to win,” Rizzo said. “First and foremost, he wants to win. … He excels in pressure situations, and that’s his personality. Does it grate on the opposition at times? Yes, it does. But he comes with high credentials, high praise from his teammates and guys who’ve been around him.”

— Mets management was in disbelief Tuesday after relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia — just weeks back from an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs — was suspended 162 games for another violation.

Mejia first was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol, and at the time insisted that he had “no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.”

According to MLB, Mejia again tested positive for Stanozolol as well as Boldenone, costing him a season’s worth of games.

“I was totally shocked,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Incredulous — whatever the right term is — that this could happen so swiftly on the heels of a past suspension. Couldn’t understand it.”

Added Alderson: “I think not surprisingly there’s a tremendous amount of disappointment. I think to some extent, anger. To some extent, amazement that this could happen so soon after a previous suspension was completed. And some sadness, in the sense that this is having a tremendously adverse effect on a very promising major league career — and that’s a shame. But the rules are the rules. We support the rules. And this is the consequence of making bad choices.”

Mejia, who returned to action July 12, pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and posted a 1-0 record this season.

— Mexico national soccer team coach Miguel Herrera probably thought his job was safe after his team won the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament Sunday.

However, the fiery Herrera was ousted Tuesday after allegedly hitting a media member at Philadelphia International Airport a day earlier. TV Azteca’s Christian Martinoli, who has been critical of Herrera, said the coach walked up from behind and punched him in the neck, then challenged him to a fight while being separated by another commentator.

“Our values, our principles, are above any result,” incoming Mexico Football Federation president Decio de Maria said at a news conference. “In our profession, our industry, the matches are never over, and as public figures who represent an institution we must be absolutely clear on that.”

Herrera apologized in a statement, adding that the decision to remove him “saddens me greatly.”

“It is clear to me that this is not the attitude that a coach for the Mexican national team should take, despite having received all manner of criticisms, offenses and mockery of my family and my person,” he said.

Herrera took over the national team in November 2013, initially as interim coach, and guided El Tri to a record of 18-7-11. Although the Mexicans won the Gold Cup, they were not that impressive, finishing second in group play and advancing to the final only after two very late penalty kicks on controversial calls by the officials.

Said De Maria: “We all saw what happened on the pitch. … We won at the Gold Cup, but none of us liked how it happened.”

Following two friendlies in September, Mexico will play the United States on Oct. 9, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 29, 1988, the Red Sox traded Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling to the Orioles for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league’s position in this matter. Most would agree that the penalties levied originally were excessive and unprecedented, especially in light of the fact that the league has no hard evidence of wrongdoing. We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady.” — The Patriots, in a statement after the NFL upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 — Runs the White Sox scored in the first inning of Tuesday’s 9-4 victory over the Red Sox, after scoring four runs in the opening inning of Monday’s win

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts makes a nice running catch but drops the ball after he jumps over the wall and lands in the Red Sox bullpen, giving White Sox batter Jose Abreu a home run.

Royals second baseman Omar Infante ranges to his right field a grounder, then backhands it with his glove to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who throws to first for the out against the Indians in the ninth-inning of a one-run game.

New Clippers player Paul Pierce throws out the first pitch before the Dodgers game, bouncing it in after taking extra time on the mound.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Mike Boddicker

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Geddy Lee of Rush was born on this day in 1953.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Law Professor Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension and how this will play out in court.

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Law Professor Michael McCann joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension and how this will play out in court.

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Peter King joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.

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Peter King joins the show to talk about Roger Goodell not reducing Tom Brady's suspension.

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Stephen A. Smith was on the show BEFORE the news came down about Tom Brady's suspension being upheld. He was also the first to report the news that Tom Brady destroyed his personal cell phone.

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Junior Seau's daughter denied chance to speak at her father's HOF induction. Dan LeBetard addressed the Colin Cowherd suspension. Jack Trudeau pulled over with absurdly high BAC.

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The “B” in MFB has decided to accept a job back in Pittsburgh where he can be closer with his family. Tim Benz announces that he made the very difficult decision to leave his post at WEEI so he can return home full-time with his wife Kate.

The bride in this video is Indianapolis Colts cheerleader Erin Smith and other girls with her are her teammates on the squad. And while I hate the Colts right now with the white hot intensity of a thousand pizza ovens and am not in a mood to be charitable, sometimes you have to be the bigger man. Sometimes you have to be gracious and magnanimous and admit that this is the cutest, sweetest damn wedding moment maybe since the gang at Dunder-Mifflin did Chris Brown’s “Forever” at Jim and Pam’s nuptials.

So while I’m not feeling particularly charitable toward Indy at the moment, I have to give credit where it’s due and say this was sexy as hell. I could be that I’m just getting excited for football again. Or it could be that I’m just biologically unable to resist Salt ‘n Pepa. Either way I admit this was great. Now if only the Colts defense could move half as good as Erin and her crew they might actually be a threat in the AFC.

@JerryThornton1

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Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump voiced his displeasure with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to end the city’s Olympic bid Monday. He tweeted a short time after Walsh’s press conference explaining the failure in not pursuing the bid further.