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07/02/2010 - 7:11am
Mashup: Cardinals' La Russa 'out of touch'

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa spoke out this week in support of Arizona's new immigration law, despite the fact that major league players largely have railed against it. One columnist writes that La Russa's decision to make his stance public shows that he is "out of touch" with his players. Plus, the Dutch soccer team is bickering as it prepares to play Brazil in Friday's World Cup quarterfinals. Check out those stories and more at Friday's Morning Mashup.


07/01/2010 - 11:51pm
Source: Celtics first to contact Lee

Jeff Goodman of WEEI.com and FoxSports.com has learned from a source familiar with the situation that Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was first to contact free agent forward David Lee once the NBA free agency began after midnight Wednesday night. The 6-foot-9 Lee, 27, played in all 81 regular season games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. It was Lee's best season, having averaged 13 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest throughout his five-year pro career. He has played in 81 games in each of the last three seasons. For more see the Celtics team page by going to weei.com/celtics.


07/01/2010 - 11:14pm
Source: Varitek out with broken foot

According to a major league source, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has suffered a broken foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. WBZ-TV's Dan Roche was first to report the injury. The news comes shortly after it was learned the Red Sox had re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash in a trade with Houston in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez. Starting catcher Victor Martinez is already on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a fractured thumb on his left hand. For more see the Red Sox team page by going to weei.com/redsox.


07/01/2010 - 8:25pm
It's official: Sox get Cash back

The Red Sox announced that they have re-acquired catcher Kevin Cash from the Astros in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez.

 

Cash was knuckleballer Tim Wakefield’s catcher for all of the 2008 season, and he also has experience catching Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett (as well as relievers such as Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima). With Wakefield slated to start on Friday, the Sox have dealt for a catcher with a proven comfort with their knuckleballer. The team had been planning to use Gustavo Molina (called up on Tuesday) for the start.

 

Cash was designated for assignment last week by the Astros, who wanted to clear a roster spot for top prospect Jason Castro. He was hitting .204 with a .271 OBP, .333 slugging mark and .605 OPS in 20 games for Houston this...

07/01/2010 - 6:49pm
Chiarelli: 'A quiet day all in all'
By: DJ Bean

Speaking on a conference call following the re-signing of left-wing Daniel Paille, Bruins general manager reflected on what proved to be a predictably slow first day of free agency given the fact that the club now has the highest payroll in the league.

 

“We were relatively quiet," Chiarelli said. "We talked to a couple of agents. We talked to a couple GMs. We went into this period expecting to be quiet. We felt we added to the forward group with Nathan Horton and young Seguin, who will at some point be in our group. A quiet day all in all.” 

 

As for whether moves are still to be made, Chiarelli didn't rule it out talks with agents and teams potentially picking back up. 

 

“I would think so, I said looking at this period that we  would look at some trades and we still would. You let the market shake out a bit and pick up those conversations again and...

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