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09/26/2012 - 8:06am
Mashup: Gagne: '80 percent' of LA on PEDs

In Wednesday's Morning Mashup, we have an alleged photo of Lance Easley, the referee who blew the Seahawks-Packers game, out at the bar immediately following the game. We also have details from a report that Easley's mishap swung anywhere from $150 million to $250 million of bets. 

And finally, in his new book, Eric Gagne said that during his time with the Dodgers 80 percent of the clubhouse was using PEDs.

Via ESPN Los Angeles:

Gagne, who set a major league record while converting 84 consecutive save chances, admits that he used human growth hormone over five cycles in a three-year period toward the end of his career.

"It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career," Gagne says in the French-language book, titled "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne."

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in...

09/26/2012 - 12:37am
Source: Varitek 'close' to role with Sox

Retired Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, according to a major league source, is "close" to agreement on a role within the Sox organization. It is possible that he will head to Florida in the coming days to work with Red Sox minor leaguers taking part in the fall instructional league. 

Since Varitek announced his retirement during spring training, the Sox have said that the door would be open for him to have a future in the organization. In July, however, Varitek said that he was not yet ready to consider a post-playing-career job. 

"It's still too early for me to make that decision. I still need to get a little of the piss and vinegar of playing out of me, and what's most important is getting my life, my family, being involved in some of the things I had missed and enjoy," he said at the time. 

However, it appears that the 40-year-old has reached a point where he is comfortable pursuing his future in the game...

09/25/2012 - 10:13pm
Price is wrong for Sox in loss to Rays

Rays ace David Price dominated a Red Sox lineup that featured seven players who spent considerable portions of the year in Triple-A, and Tampa Bay's offense did enough damage against Clay Buchholz to claim a 5-2 victory. 

Jeff Keppinger smoked a three-run homer to left against Buchholz in the top of the second inning, and after the Sox whittled their deficit to one run with single tallies in the second and third innings, the Rays plated two more runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Jose Molina that also included an error by left fielder Daniel Nava to permit another run to score. 

Buchholz allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings, permitting eight hits, striking out five and walking two. He is now winless with an 0-4 record in his last six starts. He has given up at least four runs in four of those six outings. 

Price, meanwhile, struck out 13 and walked none on a night when he featured an explosive mid-90s...

09/25/2012 - 4:28pm
Mortensen: Officials have leverage already
By: DJ Bean

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday, ESPN football analyst Chris Mortensen said he does not believe the NFL admitting to the replacement ref's blown call Monday night would have given the locked-out referees any additional leverage in negotiations. 

"I think that the statement wouldn't change the leverage aspect anyway," Mortensen said. "To me, the leverage is there for [the refs]. I really believe now that there's more pressure on the league to get this thing done. We know they're negotiating as we speak in New York. I think that the statement doesn't change the leverage." 

The sides are negotiating in New York, and Mortensen said he wouldn't be shocked if Monday night's fiasco in Seattle led to a deal being reached quicker than expected. 

"It wouldn't shock me, maybe I'd be a little bit surprised if all of a sudden somebody told me at midnight tonight that they had an agreement or...

09/25/2012 - 2:45pm
Obama tweets wish for return of NFL refs
By: DJ Bean

President Barack Obama took to Twitter Tuesday to call for the return of the NFL's regular officials. 

Tweeted Obama the day following a blown call and review cost the Packers a win against the Seahawks: 

"NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon. -bo"

Last week, the president also criticized replacement officials in a phone interview with WTAM-AM in Cleveland.

"Is it just me or do we have to get our regular refs back?" Obama asked, adding, "I can't get involved with it, but I'm just expressing my point of view as a sports fan."

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