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07/28/2010 - 7:48am
Mashup: Tatum apologists pay tribute

Former Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum, who capitalized on his reputation as a head-hunter and reveled in injuring opposing players, has his supporters. A day after Tatum's death at the age of 61, some paid tribute to the man who never reconciled with Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley, left paralyzed after a preseason hit from Tatum in 1978. Read more about that, plus check out videos (featuring a memorable soccer celebration), trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


07/28/2010 - 7:19am
Report: Patriots have deal with McCourty

The Patriots have agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Devin McCourty, a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss. McCourty, the last of the team's 12 draft picks to sign, is expected to be on the field for Thursday's first practice of training camp.

 

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07/28/2010 - 6:44am
Concussion may force Mets' Bay to DL

Mets outfielder Jason Bay was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and the former Red Sox slugger might make a trip to the disabled list if symptoms do not clear in the next few days.

 

Bay was injured Friday when he slammed into an outfield wall at Dodger Stadium while making a catch. Asked how long he might be out, Bay told the New York Daily News: "I have no idea. Right now, we're hoping. I saw the doc and he said as long as, when the headaches go away, I can ramp up activity and could be back fairly soon. We're going to take the next couple of days and just see if it gets better."

 

Added Bay: "Hopefully, I can be back inside a week. Obviously, after a couple of days and you still have a headache, you're that much further away and [the team] is shorthanded that much longer."

 

Bay is batting just .259 with six home runs and 47 RBI since signing a $66 million free agent...

07/28/2010 - 2:29am
Lackey: Boos 'won't be forgotten, for sure'

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey, after his first outing in Angel Stadium as a visiting player, made no secret of his displeasure in the face of the wave of boos that greeted him at his former home ballpark. Lackey (10-5), who earned the victory on the strength of 7 2/3 innings in which he allowed two runs on seven hits while matching a season-high with 124 pitches, admitted that there were hurt feelings based on his reception by the fans of a franchise for whom he went 102-71 with a 3.81 ERA over eight seasons.

 

"Definitely heard a lot of [the boos]. ... That won't be forgotten, for sure," said Lackey. "Nobody wants to get booed like that. Scoreboard talks the loudest."

 

Lackey earned the praise of his teammates for his outstanding performance in a setting that was potentially emotionally charged.

 

"That’s what happens man. Good players always go to the top...

07/28/2010 - 2:16am
Drew to receive MRI on hamstring

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Red Sox hope to have J.D. Drew's tight left hamstring examined on Wednesday, with Drew saying that the hope is that an MRI can be performed in order to get a precise diagnosis. Drew said that the hamstring has been bothering him for the past three or four weeks, and that it refused to loosen while he ran pre-game sprints just prior to the start of Tuesday's game.

 

Drew was scratched just minutes before the start of Tuesday's game. The Sox plan on sitting him in Wednesday's day game, in hopes that he might be able to return to the lineup on Friday, following an off-day on Thursday.

 

“I’ve been dealing with it for a while now and it just got too much before the game. I tried to run some sprints and I really just couldn’t get loose. I had to tell Tito and them right before the game that there really wasn’t any way to perform like I needed to out there so I had to make that call...

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