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08/04/2010 - 7:54am
Mashup: A-Rod misses Yankees team photo

Alex Rodriguez remained stuck on 599 home runs for the 12th consecutive game, the Yankees dropped out of first place, but the big news out of New York Tuesday was that A-Rod missed the team photo. The slugger needed a team representative to stand in, with Rodriguez' face to be digitally inserted later. Also, Sports Illustrated's Peter King introduces a scenario in which Brett Favre could return to the Vikings in October, the Dodgers take some heat from a Los Angeles columnist for enabling Manny Ramirez, and the White Sox get some grief for failing to support manager Ozzie Guillen. It's all at Wednesday's Morning Mashup, along with videos, trivia and more.


08/04/2010 - 6:38am
Report: Vikes offer Favre $1M per game

According to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings responded to Brett Favre's indications that he plans to retire by upping their offer to him to $16 million guaranteed, plus incentives worth another $4 million. Favre was scheduled to make $13 million this year.

 

Favre reportedly told some teammates Monday that he planned to retire — tight end Visanthe Shiancoe admitted as much Tuesday — because his left ankle has not responded to surgery in late Mat. However, an expected press release Tuesday never came.


08/03/2010 - 10:15pm
Ellsbury to be activated Wednesday

Terry Francona confirmed in his postgame press conference Tuesday that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (broken ribs) will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. Ellsbury, who has not played for the Red Sox since May 24, had three hits Tuesday in his final rehab game with Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

"He brings something to our lineup that we've been missing," said Francona of Ellsbury on Tuesday. "That threat to run and the speed when he is healthy and going, what he can do, that gives us a different look that teams have to respect."

 

Francona told the media that a corresponding roster move will be made, but did not name a specific player.

 

For more Red Sox news visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.


08/03/2010 - 9:53pm
Beckett, Lowell lead Sox past Tribe

Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first major league pitch he'd seen since June 22, and Red Sox starter Josh Beckett overpowered the Cleveland lineup to lead the Sox to a 3-1 victory at Fenway Park.

 

Lowell jumped on a 91 mph fastball from Indians starter David Huff in the bottom of the second inning, clubbing it into the Monster Seats for his third homer of the season. While that was his only hit in four at-bats, Lowell also made a couple of fine defensive plays at first, filling in admirably for Kevin Youkilis, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a torn muscle in his right thumb.

 

Beckett (3-1), meanwhile, was overpowering, thanks largely to a precise fastball and likely his best curveball of the year. The Sox' Opening Day starter retired the final 14 batters he faced on a night when he allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out eight and walking none. He did, however,...

08/03/2010 - 9:42pm
Benches empty in Sox-Indians contest

Cleveland reliever Jensen Lewis threw a pitch behind the back of Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the eighth inning, prompting Beltre to shout while taking a few steps towards the mound, a prelude to both benches emptying onto the field. The pitch thrown by Lewis came one inning after reliever Justin Germano threw a pitch behind the back of David Ortiz.

 

Those pitches came in apparent response for the fact that Sox starter Josh Beckett hit a pair of batters in he early innings. He drummed Shelley Duncan in the first inning and later uncorked a fastball off he knee of Shin-Soo Choo in the third.

 

No punches were exchanged in the eighth-inning fracas, but there was plenty of pushing on the field, with Beckett leading the charge en route to a shouting match with Duncan. The two were separated by several teammates, including Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who played the role of peacemaker between his...

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