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08/17/2010 - 7:43am
Mashup: Reporter fired for hat choice

A radio reporter in Arkansas who was sent to a press conference to interview University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino after a Razorbacks scrimmage wore a Florida Gators hat to the session, and it didn't go well. Not only did Petrino make a disparaging comment, the reporter, Renee Gork, tweeted that she was fired by Hog Sports Radio for her fashion faux pas. Gork also was the victim of online harassment when Arkansas fans found her Facebook page, on which she displays her affection for Florida and makes some critical comments of the school she was covering. Read more about that story, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.


08/17/2010 - 6:37am
Mets' K-Rod out for season

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez suffered a torn ligament in his thumb reportedly during last week's confrontation with his girlfriend's father after a game at Citi Field and will have surgery that will force him to miss the rest of the season.

 

"Obviously I'm disappointed, discouraged, frustrated," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "When you get this kind of news it's ... we've just been through a lot. We seem to continue to have difficulties keeping things from — having these type of injuries or these type of setbacks. Every year it seems like we get a little something here or there."

 

The 28-year-old reliever was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment after last Wednesday's incident. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 14.

 

On the morning after the fight, the Mets put the four-time...

08/17/2010 - 12:08am
Red Sox sign Ranaudo for $2.55M

The Red Sox signed supplemental first-round pick (No. 39 overall) Anthony Ranaudo to a $2.55 million deal just before the midnight deadline to strike deals with 2010 selections. Until the final minutes leading up to midnigh, Ranaudo had been prepared to return to Louisiana State University.

 

 

According to one source, the Sox had “no clue” about whether they would be able to convince Ranaudo to turn pro until just before midnight. But in the end, the team did just that with a pitcher who entered the 2010 season viewed as potentially the top available college pitcher, but whose stock slipped due to injury and poor performance.

 

Ranaudo, who is represented by Scott Boras, proved that he was healthy again with a dominant performance in the summer Cape League, thus convincing the Sox that he was worthy of a bonus in line with one of the top...

08/16/2010 - 7:44pm
Bill Lee to start for Brockton Rox

Bill Lee, 63, signed a deal with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League Monday and will pitch in the team's final game of its schedule, Sept. 5 against the Worcester Tornadoes in Brockton. According the Associated Press, Lee, who still owns the Red Sox franchise record for games pitched by a left-hander (321), pitches more than 200 innings per year in over-40 men's leagues in New England and Atlantic Canada. Lee pitched for the Red Sox from 1969-78 before being traded to Montreal in '79. He last pitched in 1982, at the age of 35, appearing in seven games for the Expos. For more Red Sox coverage see the team page at weei.com/redsox.

 

To listen to Lee talk about his decision to sign with the Rox listen to his interview on the Planet Mikey Show by clicking here.


08/16/2010 - 7:33pm
Iglesias will return to Portland Tuesday

Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias will be returned to Double-A Portland after spending his last 13 games with Single-A Lowell, rehabbing from an occult fracture of his right index finger. During his time with the short-season Spinners, Iglesias hit .350 with a .458 on-base percentage. Prior to his injury, the 20-year-old was hitting .306 while with the Sea Dogs. While he spent some of his time serving as Lowell's designated hitter, Iglesias is scheduled to play shortstop Tuesday at Hadlock Field against Altoona. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


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