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07/22/2010 - 8:34am
Olney: Brewers' Hart 'good fit' for Sox

ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about possible trade deadline moves around the league.

 

"Corey Hart might be a good fit for the Red Sox," Olney said, speculating that the Sox could have interest in the Brewers outfielder. David DeJesus of the Royals is another player rumored to be on the Red Sox' radar. "He certainly is an attractive player, and I know the Red Sox like him ... but there's no question they're going to bidding against other teams," Olney said, including the Padres as one such team.

 

Olney said the Sox' AL East rivals also will be busy as the July 31 deadline approaches. "The Yankees are going to get better," he said, noting that New York is working to improve its bench, with plans to improve the pitching as well. As for the Rays: "I do think they're going to add a bat," he said, noting that Tampa...

07/22/2010 - 8:05am
Mashup: USC rewrites record books

On the heels of its announcement that it's returning the Heisman Trophy awarded to Reggie Bush, USC is rewriting its record books to reflect the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. The school will add "about 100 asterisks" to its media guide with an explanation that the teams' accomplishments in the mid-2000s were "later vacated due to NCAA penalty." Meanwhile, the Downtown Athletic Club is trying to decide if it should remove Bush as the official winner of the 2005 Heisman. Read more about that, plus get an update on the Don Mattingly-umpire controversy from Tuesday night, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


07/21/2010 - 10:11pm
Celtic prevails in extras at Fenway

Paul McGowan scored the decisive goal in extra penalty kicks as Celtic F.C. defeated Sporting Club de Portugal before 32,162 in the inaugural Fenway Football Challenge Wednesday night at Fenway Park. McGowan's goal came just moments after Liedson's shot went over everything and into the right field grandstands, giving Celtic the 6-5 edge in penalty kicks. 

 

Helder Postiga's header in the 82nd minute lifted Sporting Club de Portugal into a 1-1 draw in regulation. Diogo Salomao just missed moments earlier, hitting the crossbar on a header, drawing Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska out of position and allowing Postiga to knot the match. 

 

Georgios Samaras scored on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to give Celtic the lead in the first Fenway Football Challenge.

 

Samaras, who played for Greece in the recent World Cup, had several chances in the first and second half before getting tripped by Anderson...

07/21/2010 - 8:55pm
Former Sox manager Houk dies at 90

Former Red Sox manager Ralph Houk has passed away at the age of 90.

 

Red Sox spokesman Dick Bresciani said that Houk died in Winter Haven, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Houk managed the Red Sox from 1981-84, posting a record of 312-282. He won the World Series in 1961 and '62 with the Yankees in his first two years as a manager, and won another AL pennant the next season. He also managed the Tigers from 1974-78.

 

Houk won 1,619 games in his 20 years as a major league manager, good for 15th on the all-time list.

 

He played parts of eight seasons as a catcher for the Yankees, appearing in 91 games from 1947-54. 

 

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07/21/2010 - 8:39pm
Hermida returns, Nava optioned to Triple-A

Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava told reporters in Oakland that he had been optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket following his club's loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. The outfielder, who became the second player in baseball history to hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in his big league career, was sent back to the PawSox in order to clear a roster spot for Jeremy Hermida.

 

Nava hit .286 with a .381 OBP, .832 OPS, one homer and 16 RBI in 29 games. The switch-hitter was particularly impressive against right-handers, hitting .319 with a .390 OBP and .911 OPS. 

 

The 27-year-old took his return to the minors in stride.

 

"I've got things I need to work on, and I'll go back there, try to work on that stuff, try to focus on that stuff, wait for another opportunity," he told reporters in Oakland.

 

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