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08/20/2012 - 8:14am
Mashup: Jets riddled with issues

In Monday's Morning Mashup, the New York media turns on the Jets after their woeful performance in Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants.

Writes Steve Serby of the New York Post:

There is one game at which the Jets can score at will, in any number of ways. It is not a football game.

It is The Blame Game.

Now, kickoff for The Blame Game generally occurs any time during the regular season or postseason, when any number of targets materialize who inevitably and unceremoniously draw the ire of an enraged fan base busy at work trying to extend a 43-year Curse.

But it is never too early for The Blame Game, and here the stars have aligned themselves perfectly for the Jets to move up the opening kickoff for The Blame Game to today.

Icebergs aren’t usually spotted in August around here, but Jets fans are certain they know a Titanic when they see one.

Serby...

08/20/2012 - 12:42am
Ortiz hoping to return during homestand

NEW YORK -- Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, out since July 16 due to a right Achilles strain, said that he is seeing enough improvement that he is optimistic that he will play during the upcoming seven-game homestand that begins Tuesday. While he does not expect to play Tuesday (owing to the fact that he has yet to test the injury by running), he surmised that he might be ready not too long thereafter.

"Hopefully. If things continue the way they are, probably, yeah," Ortiz said of the likelihood that he would return during the homestand. I’m finally seeing the light when it comes to my injury. ... At first, when I got injured, I heard about something like [it could be a six-week recovery process]. Of course, that’s not what you want to hear at the time. You’re thinking about 15 days at most. But now that I’m seeing the result of feeling better, it’s a six-week kind of thing."

Ortiz said that he does...

08/20/2012 - 12:34am
Bobby V: Crawford 'trending the wrong way'

NEW YORK -- While a decision about Carl Crawford's elbow will not be made until Monday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine -- after his outfielder went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning single -- acknowledged that the concern about his elbow has been mounting.

"I don’t know about the decision. We’re going to circle up tomorrow and [see] what that whole thing is going to be," Valentine said. "Carl’s given it everything he has. From everything I gather, the elbow situation is kind of trending in the wrong way. If that’s the case, I guess a decision will be made one way or another."

A meeting between Crawford and Red Sox officials has been scheduled for Monday, a team off-day, to determine the proper course of action for the 31-year-old. Crawford has been playing with a sprianed ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Despite "gutting it out" (in the words of general manager Ben Cherington) and playing...

08/19/2012 - 10:58pm
Ichiro, Yankees beat up Beckett

NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki blasted a pair of solo homers and countryman Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Red Sox lineup as the Yankees claimed a 4-1 victory in the rubber match of a three-game series in the the Bronx.

Red Sox starter Josh Beckett encountered a pair of familiar shortcomings. The right-hander permitted a run in the first when Curtis Granderson doubled home Derek Jeter on a 2-2, two-out cutter to give New York a 1-0 lead. Beckett now has allowed 23 earned runs in the first inning of his 21 starts, good for a 9.86 ERA in the opening frame of contests.

The Yankees added on single runs in the third (when a wild pitch permitted Jeter to score), fourth and sixth innings, with the latter two tallies coming on homers by Suzuki. It marked the third straight game in which Beckett had allowed multiple homers in a game -- tied for the second-longest such streak of his career.

Meanwhile, the Sox lineup was overmatched by Kuroda for most of...

08/19/2012 - 10:52pm
Shoppach denies authoring texts to owners

Speaking after his team's game against the Nationals Sunday, Mets catcher Kelly Shoppach denied any involvement in the organization of the Red Sox players' July 26 meeting with ownership.

It had been stated in a New York Daily News report Sunday that Shoppach had authored the text message sent to the Red Sox owners, sending it on Adrian Gonzalez' cell phone.

"I’m really disappointed that my name was even brought up in that,” Shoppach told reporters in Washington Sunday. “I wasn’t behind any texts. I actually didn’t even attend the meeting. It was on an off-day in New York and I stayed back in Texas with my family. I’ve already gotten a few text messages from former teammates apologizing that my name was even brought up in it."

When asked about the Daily News report, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would only say, "We're trying to move on and focus on what's going on up here. There's...

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