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05/06/2010 - 8:26am
Struggling Bay yanked in Mets loss

While Boston's focus is on the struggles of David Ortiz, in New York they're trying to figure out what's going on with former Red Sox slugger Jason Bay. The Mets left fielder stranded six runners in Wednesday's 10-inning, 5-4 loss to the Reds and was removed as part of a double switch in the bottom of the seventh inning, after he ended the top of the inning by striking out with two runners on base. Bay is hitting .238 with one home run and nine RBI on the season, after going 0-for-12 in Cincinnati.

 

"It's painful," Bay told the New York Post. "There are a lot of guys doing a lot of good things offensively to help us win, and I'm not one of them. It's a massive funk."

 

Said Mets manager Jerry Manuel: "I'm sure [Bay] has been through something like this before. For me, it's different, because I haven't witnessed it before. The only way to get out of it is keep going out there."

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05/06/2010 - 7:43am
Mashup: NY concerned about ailing Yankees

Despite their fast start, the Yankees are starting to show signs of age as they head to Boston for a three-game series that starts Friday. At Thursday's Morning Mashup, we take a look at what they're saying in New York about the fact that three of the "Core Four" are ailing, with pitcher Andy Pettitte the latest to limp off the field. Plus, check out videos of Jack Nicholson's tirade at a Lakers game, Orlando's "Dwightmare on Elm Street" commercial, and a kid falling down (because that never gets old).


05/06/2010 - 7:42am
Bruins recap: Flyers think they're 'fine'

Despite dropping into a 3-0 hole in their best-of-seven series with a 4-1 loss to the Bruins Wednesday night, the Flyers still believe they are "fine" and outplayed the B's for much of the teams' latest showdown. “Well, we outplayed them pretty much in the first two periods. Our confidence was fine, we just couldn’t get the puck past Tuukka [Rask],” said Arron Asham, who scored the Flyers' only goal. “He made some big saves for them and blocked a lot of shots. I think we play the same way Friday night, we will be fine.” One of the B's standouts, Blake Wheeler, had a different take. “We were just kind of playing a rope-a-dope and not letting them get many chances on net and they were pressing a little bit," Wheeler said. "And when that happens, you seem to be able to capitalize....

05/06/2010 - 7:35am
Bradley asks Mariners for emotional help

Controversial outfielder Milton Bradley, struggling in his first season in Seattle, asked the Mariners for help with "emotional stress," according to manager Don Wakamatsu. The team announced that Bradley is out indefinitely while he seeks an outside assessment of his personal issues.

 

On Tuesday, Bradley was removed from the game in the sixth inning after he became angry following two strikeouts. Bradley left the stadium soon after, and several players described his mindset Tuesday night as "not good." On Wednesday morning, Bradley, batting .214 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 21 games, asked for a meeting with Wakamatsu and general manager Jack Zduriencik and requested help.

 

"The fact he has stood up and asked for us to help him, I think, is an extremely important step for him as a young man," Zduriencik said.

 

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05/06/2010 - 7:15am
Hofstra tabs ex-BC assistant Cassara

Mo Cassara, who was an assistant basketball coach under Al Skinner at Boston College the past four seasons, was named head coach at Hofstra. He replaces Tim Welsh, who resigned this week after being detained by police on suspicion of DWI last Friday, a month after he was hired.

 

Prior to BC, Cassara served as head coach at Division 3 Clark University in Worcester. He takes over a Hofstra team that went 19-15 last season under Tom Pecroa, who now is at Fordham.

 

"Mo's experience in the Atlantic Coast Conference and his basketball pedigree will be great additions to Hofstra, and we look forward to an exciting era of Pride Basketball," Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes said. "Mo has quickly gained the trust of our athletes, and we are delighted that he will lead our program."


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