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08/30/2010 - 8:01am
Mashup: Clemens to plea, play golf

Roger Clemens will plead not guilty to federal perjury charges Monday in Washington, D.C., and then the former pitcher reportedly will fly to South Carolina to play golf. The Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., starts a few hours before Clemens' 2 p.m. arraignment, but Clemens plans to take a private plane to the event so he and his wife can participate in the opening round.

 

Also in the news Monday, Manny Ramirez ended his tenure with the Dodgers by getting thrown out of Sunday's game after one pitch for arguing with the home plate umpire. Columnists around the country weigh in on the Dodgers' decision to let the former Red Sox slugger go to the White Sox and the effect on Manny's legacy.

 

Check out those stories and more at Monday's Morning Mashup.


08/30/2010 - 7:38am
Brady on D&C: More 'humble pie' for Pats

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning and talked about coach Bill Belichick's reaction to Thursday's 36-35 preseason loss to the Rams. "He gave it to us pretty good on Friday after the game and then again yesterday," Brady said. "There's always a running joke with our team [about] the humble pie. He was serving it on Friday. It was just what we needed. We didn't go out and play very well. Hopefully, we can learn from it and move on."

 

During Thursday's game, the Patriots offense faced a fourth down with less than a yard to go, and despite pleas from Brady to go for it, the normally aggressive Belichick elected to punt. Said Brady: "I think he was just pissed off at us. … I think he wanted to do it just to yell at us."

 

Brady said he expects to play in this Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants. "I think...

08/29/2010 - 11:03pm
Red Sox lose more ground with loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox dropped to 6 1/2 games back of both Tampa Bay and the Yankees after a 5-3 loss to the Rays in the teams' series finale Sunday at Tropicana Field. The Sox leave town having lost two of the series' three games.

 

Taking the loss was John Lackey, who allowed five runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three. He had been staked to a 3-1 lead heading into the home half of the sixth inning thanks to RBI singles from Yamaico Navarro and Marco Scutaro in the fifth, and a run-scoring hit from Daniel Nava in the sixth. But a two-run homer by Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford highlighted a three-run sixth that gave the hosts the lead for good. 

 

Evan Longoria's single off reliever Hideki Okajima in the seventh, scoring John Jaso, added an insurance run for the Rays. Tampa Bay got 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief work from its bullpen thanks to Randy Choate, Joaquin Benoit...

08/29/2010 - 10:54pm
Reports: Manny heading to White Sox

According to several reports, slugger Manny Ramirez will be shipped to the White Sox as part of a waiver claim. The Dodgers confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday that the former Red Sox outfielder will head to Chicago, and that the White Sox will be responsible for the remaining $3.85 million on his contract this season. The White Sox reportedly had offered a prospect and less than $1 million in return, and the Dodgers chose the cash. Ramirez, who has missed 59 games this season because of injury, has hit .313 with eight homers and 40 RBI for the Dodgers.


08/29/2010 - 7:48pm
Beltre: 'I wasn't coming out of that game'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was back in the lineup Sunday after apparently tweaking his left hamstring while running down to first base in the eighth inning of the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Rays Saturday night. Even though he appeared hobbled for the last few innings, Beltre explained Sunday that exiting was not an option.

 

“I wasn’t coming out of that game,” he said prior to the Sox’ series finale meeting with the Rays. “I’m stubborn and I know sometimes I can go overboard, but unless [my hamstring] blows up I’m going to play.

 

“We know how important these games are for us and for me to be sitting on the bench when there’s a slight chance I can play, it’s hard for me to sit and that’s why I’m not doing it. We already have enough guys missing, so I don’t think we need to add anybody to that list. I’m...

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