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Giants after Downs

07.28.10 at 2:24 pm ET
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The Red Sox and Yankees may have company in their pursuit of Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs. According to a tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman, the Giants are interested in Downs as well as outfielders Scott Podsednik, Jose Guillen, and fellow reliever Brandon League.

Alex Speier reported Monday that the Blue Jays have been asking for sizable return in any trade for Downs, so whichever teams are interested may have to prepare to lose a significant prospect or two to secure the reliever.

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Reports: Clausen signs with Panthers

07.28.10 at 9:46 am ET
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The Panthers have finally reached a contract agreement with rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen, according to multiple reports. The deal is for four years and could pay the former Notre Dame signal caller up to $6.3 million with incentives, but only $2.533 million of that money is guaranteed. The Panthers selected Clausen in the second round with the 48th overall pick after he had been projected as a high first-rounder. The deal means that Carolina will have no rookie holdouts heading into training camp.

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Report: Jets to try out Brunell for backup role

07.28.10 at 9:01 am ET
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With Mark Sanchez entering his second season under center, the Jets appear to be all set at the starting quarterback position. But they may now be looking for Sanchez’ backup, and, according to the New York Daily News’s Manish Mehta, one of their targets will be Mark Brunell, who will work out for the team on Wednesday. The 39-year-old signal caller served as Drew Brees‘ backup for the Saints last year during their Super Bowl run, and the Jets hope that he can serve as mentor for Sanchez during his sophomore campaign. Brunell has started just once in the last three seasons but has one more start under his belt over the past four years than current Jets backup Kellen Clemens. He hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2005 with the Redskins.

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Report: Vikings have interest in ex-Patriot Washington

07.28.10 at 8:46 am ET
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The Vikings may be looking to add another piece to Brett Favre‘s arsenal, as some reports are saying that the team has at least some interest in adding former Patriots wide receiver Kelley Washington. Washington, who is a free agent, is coming off a year in which he caught a career-high 34 passes for 431 yards as a Raven last season. He had just one catch in his two years playing mostly as a special teamer in Foxboro. The Vikings already have 10 receivers on the roster, but because most have no more than two years experience in the NFL and Sidney Rice is still dealing with an injured hip, Washington should have ample opportunities to compete for a spot in training camp.

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Report: Nats trying to add Diamondbacks’ Jackson

07.28.10 at 8:32 am ET
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The Nationals, who stand 14½ games out of first in the NL East, weren’t expected to be buyers heading in this year’s trade market, but then a report by FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal emerged saying that the Nats may be looking to add Diamondbacks starting pitcher Edwin Jackson before July 31. Under Rosenthal’s scenario, Washington would trade slugger Adam Dunn and then spin some of the pieces from that trade to Arizona in order to acquire Jackson.

Jackson threw the fourth no-hitter of the 2010 season on June 25 against the Rays despite walking a season-high eight. He’s come crashing back down to earth since that time, going 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in his four starts since the no-no. According to Rosenthal’s source, two or three other teams could be in the hunt for his services.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

07.28.10 at 7:42 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 3:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


Monty Poole in the Oakland Tribune tries to humanize Jack Tatum, who died Tuesday at the age of 61, and make excuses for the former Raiders defensive back’s propensity to injure opposing wide receivers. Mike Lopresti at USA Today writes that it’s a shame Tatum never reconciled with Darryl Stingley, the Patriots receiver left paralyzed after a hit by Tatum in a 1978 preseason game.

♦ In the Cincinnati Enquirer, Joe Reedy looks at the pending signing of Terrell Owens by the Bengals, while the Enquirer’s Paul Daugherty writes that it’s “going to be a blast.”

Rick Telander in the Chicago Sun-Times addresses the Dez Bryant situation in Dallas and writes that hazing is a tradition that needs to end.

♦ In The Los Angeles Times, David Wharton looks at the marketing efforts of the Pac-10, which will change its name to the Pac-12 with the additions of Utah and Colorado.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: In 1976, Don Zimmer replaced Darrell Johnson as manager of the Red Sox. On July 28, 1982, the roles were reversed with another club, as Johnson replaced Zimmer as manager of which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “People don’t understand sometimes that it hurts, when you do nothing but work your butt off every day trying to get a team to win, and people already want to watch you retire.” David Ortiz, during an appearance on The Big Show on Tuesday afternoon

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 — Strikeouts in Tuesday night’s game for Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who also made a two-base error on a fly ball in the second inning

‘NET RESULTS: Here’s a soccer celebration for the ages.

A fan catches a foul ball at a Cubs game while holding a baby.

Comedian Denis Leary pitches to David Letterman and Albert Pujols on 53rd Street in New York City.

If Shaquille O’Neal signs with the Celtics, they should never let him sing.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Texas Rangers

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jonathan Edwards is 64 today.

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Report: Lakers want to dump Vujacic

07.28.10 at 6:49 am ET
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According to a tweet from Cleveland Plain-Dealer NBA writer Brian Windhorst, the Lakers are trying to trade shooting guard Sasha Vujacic along with a first-round draft pick in an effort to rid themselves of his salary.

Windhorst speculates that if the Lakers free up that money, they will re-sign Shannon Brown.

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Concussion may push Mets’ Bay to DL

07.28.10 at 6:41 am ET
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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 contract with New York.

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Report: C’s in running for Blazers’ Fernandez

07.28.10 at 6:31 am ET
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According to a tweet from the Portland Oregonian’s Jason Quick, the Celtics are one of three Eastern Conference teams considering Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez. The tweet credits Fernandez’ agent, Andy Miller, as saying the Portland is “actively seeking” a trade for the Spaniard, with the Celtics, Knicks and Bulls the leading candidates.

A post at ripcityreport.com analyzes the situation and speculates that it would be difficult and unlikely for the Celtics to acquire Fernandez, who has the Celtics on a short list of teams he would like to play for.

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Report: Timberwolves to waive Delonte West

07.27.10 at 6:12 pm ET
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Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that the Timberwolves “will waive” Delonte West. The former Celtics guard was acquired by Minnesota on Monday along with Sebastian Telfair in a deal that sent Ramon Sessions and Ryan Hollins to the Cavaliers. Waiving West will save the Timberwolves about $4.2 million in cap space.

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