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08/15/2012 - 7:15am
Mashup: Video of Ocho's release

Head to Wednesday's Morning Mashup and check out video in Miami of Chad Johnson being released from the Dolphins courtesy of HBO's "Hard Knocks." This, of course, was just one piece of news in a bizarre four days from the former Patriots player. The video itself is anticlimactic, but there is so much going on in Johnson's world that it probably did not register properly.

The free agent wide receiver released a statement regarding his wild four-day journey, which includes news that he and his wife, Evelyn Lozada, will file for divorce following his arrest for assault.

"I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred," Johnson said. "I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death. I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest...

08/15/2012 - 1:17am
Ortiz: Report a distraction before game

BALTIMORE -- After the Red Sox' 7-1 loss to the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards, David Ortiz suggested that the Yahoo! Sports report regarding the team's July 26 meeting with ownership was on the minds of some players heading into the series opener.

The report stated that a group of players "blasted" manager Bobby Valentine in the meeting, with Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez serving as the most vocal.

According to the designated hitter, the latest controversy was enough to serve as somewhat of a distraction heading into the game.

"Exactly," Ortiz told WEEI.com when asked if the report was on the minds of some players near the start of the game. "That came out this afternoon about that situation and next thing you know you have guys that have to deal with a baseball game thinking about the [expletive]. That's [expletive]."

Ortiz joined a group of players from the Red Sox clubhouse who appeared...

08/14/2012 - 9:52pm
Pedroia: Sox not trying to get manager fired

BALTIMORE -- After the Red Sox' 7-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards Tuesday night, Dustin Pedroia offered his view of the July 26 meeting between a group of players and the club's ownership group.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, a Yahoo! Sports report indicated that Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, "were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for [Red Sox manager Bobby] Valentine."

"I haven't really read it all. It's tough," Pedroia said. "We had a meeting. I'll be honest with everybody. We had a meeting in New York. Coaches had a meeting, Bobby had a meeting, we all had a meeting. Basically, when I spoke, I said we all need to be better. That includes owners, Bobby, coaches, and especially the players. 

"I've had one problem with Bobby earlier in the year and I went into his office and I talked to him like a man, and he talked to me like a man....

08/14/2012 - 9:01pm
Orioles dig hole deeper for Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox dropped seven games back of Baltimore in the loss column, losing their 60th game of the season via a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Orioles Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

The Sox' downfall this time came primarily due to a five-run sixth inning, in which starter Josh Beckett was driven from the game after having surrendered his third and fourth runs. Mark Melancon helped close out Beckett's line by surrendering Mark Reynolds' second home run of the night, this one coming on the reliever's first pitch of the game and going for three runs.

Beckett finished his outing having surrendered six runs over 5 1/3 innings. In the righty's most recent two starts, he has given up 14 earned runs over 11 2/3 innings. 

The Sox starter had allowed the Orioles just two runs over the first five innings, with both runs coming via leadoff solo home runs. The first blast came off the bat of Omar Quintanilla in the third inning, with...

08/14/2012 - 4:31pm
Gonzalez, Valentine respond to report

BALTIMORE -- Speaking to WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday night, Adrian Gonzalez confirmed the July 26 meeting written about in a Yahoo! Sports story, and explained the purpose of the get-together.

"They had a meeting with the players, they had a meeting with the coaches and they had a meeting with Bobby and it was to assess where we were as a team and as an organization and why we were where we were, and what our thoughts were, basically," Gonzalez said.

When asked if he felt the meeting -- which was described in the story as "heated," in which players reportedly "blasted" manager Bobby Valentine to ownership -- was productive, Gonzalez offered a quick response.

"We still haven't played well since then," the first baseman said.

The report stated that Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia "were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly...

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