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07/20/2010 - 2:40pm
Report: Piniella to retire at season's end
By: DJ Bean

According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who is 14th all-time among managers in wins, will retire following the conclusion of the baseball season. 

 

Piniella played in the majors as an outfielder from 1964-1984 for the Orioles, Indians, Royals, and Yankees. His managerial career saw stops in the Bronx, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Tampa Bay before Chicago. He has led the Cubs to two NL Central titles, though they are currently fourth in the division.

 

Known for his temper and vocal approach to the game, Piniella, now 67, managed the Reds to a World Series victory and has been named Manager of the Year in his respective league three times (1995, 2001, 2008).


07/20/2010 - 2:12pm
Gambino new BC baseball coach

Mike Gambino is returning to his alma mater to become Boston College's next baseball coach. Gambino, who played for the Eagles from 1997-2000, spent the past four seasons as an assistant to former BC coach Pete Hughes at Virginia Tech. He replaces Mik Aoki, who left to become head coach at Notre Dame.

 

“We are very excited to bring back Mike Gambino as our new head coach,” athletic director Gene DeFilippo said in a press release. “As a former player and assistant coach here, Mike has the experience and passion to bring the baseball program to the next level. He has already hit the ground running.”

 

After graduating from BC and earning second-team All-New England honors, Gambino played in the Red Sox' minor league system for two years. He then became a special assistant to the Red Sox' major league staff. In 2002, he was a coach for the Single-A Lowell Spinners. After serving as a BC...

07/20/2010 - 1:56pm
Legendary BC High coach Cotter dies

Legendary BC High football coach Jim Cotter, who retired in 2004 after 41 years guiding the Eagles, died early Tuesday morning at the age of 73. Cotter had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis since being diagnosed in 2006.

 

Cotter, who also served as the school's athletic director for many years, had a career record of 236-149-17. He led the Eagles to two Super Bowl titles (1977 and 2000).

 

Cotter was a two-sport athlete at Boston College after graduating from BC High in 1955. He returned to the Dorchester school to teach history before becoming a guidance counselor there.


07/20/2010 - 7:53am
Mashup: Umpire Cuzzi under fire

Umpire Phil Cuzzi is taking some heat for blowing a key call at home in Sunday's Mets-Giants game that cost San Francisco a win. He also yelled at some Mets players, who didn't like the way Cuzzi was calling pitches. The New York Daily News reports that some disciplinary action from Major League Baseball is expected for Cuzzi, who last month ejected a Dodgers player AFTER a game. Read more about that, plus get caught up on the latest controversy at the Tour de France, where new leader Alberto Contador was booed on the podium and later issued an apology for passing Andy Schleck while the previous leader had a mechanical problem. It's all at Tuesday's Morning Mashup, along with videos of Celtics big man Glen Davis dancing alone, a soccer playing attacking an official, and a fan getting tased at a minor league baseball game.


07/20/2010 - 12:48am
Daisuke dazzles as Red Sox beat A's

Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in one of the most efficient outings of his career, leading the Red Sox to a much-needed 2-1 victory in Oakland against the Athletics. Matsuzaka allowed just one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings, needing just 89 pitches to record 20 outs.

 

Though he was touched in the third inning for a solo homer by Rajai Davis, Matsuzaka otherwise dominated the A's, retiring 10 in a row at one point. He finished the outing with six strikeouts and two walks, improving his record to 7-3 with a 4.29 ERA.

 

After the Sox fell behind, 1-0, on the Davis homer, the team responded immediately with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Eric Patterson led off the inning with a triple, and was chased home by a David Ortiz sac fly. With the game tied, 1-1, Adrian Beltre delivered a two-out solo homer to left-center against A's starter Ben Sheets. It was Beltre's 15th homer of the season.

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