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Report: Brewers hire Ron Roenicke as manager

11.03.10 at 8:51 am ET
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According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the Brewers have hired 54-year-0ld Ron Roenicke to be the 18th manager in club history. Roenicke has been a member of the Angels coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, including the last five as bench coach under manager Mike Scioscia. He won each time he subbed for Scioscia, a perfect 7-for-7.

A source close to the Brewers’ managerial search confirmed the hire, but the official announcement is not expected before Thursday. Other candidates for the job reportedly were former Mets manager and current ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin. White Sox bench coach Joey Cora was reportedly informed by the Brewers that he finished second in the Brewers hiring process.

Roenicke replaces Ken Macha, who was fired after two seasons.

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Padres pick up Adrian Gonzalez’ option for 2011

11.03.10 at 8:22 am ET
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The Padres picked up All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez‘ option for the 2011 season. Gonzalez is entering his eighth season and will make $5.5 million, with a possible $300,000 bonus if he makes another All-Star Game appearance.

The slugger finished 2010 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs, the fourth consecutive season in which he has finished with 30 or more home runs and 99 or more RBIs. Gonzalez also hit .298 and made his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance.  He helped the Padres to a 90-72 finish, just a game behind the World Series champion Giants in the NL West.

This will be the last year the Padres have Gonzalez on a team-friendly contract, as the slugger is arbitration-eligible next winter.

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Report: Randy Moss met with Jets Tuesday

11.03.10 at 8:21 am ET
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According to WFAN radio’s Craig Carton, Randy Moss was in New Jersey on Tuesday, meeting with members of the Jets.

“Randy Moss, I’ve learned, was in Boston Monday and was in New Jersey yesterday,” Carton said on his radio show Wednesday morning. “Meaning, you’ve got yourself the Patriots and the Jets talking about Randy Moss.”

Teams have until 4 p.m. Wednesday to put in a claim on the receiver, with claiming priority based on inverse order of teams’ record. The 6-1 Patriots would be last in line, and the 5-2 Jets aren’t far ahead of that.

“There’s no doubt in my mind, just to prevent the Patriots from going down that road again, the Jets will put in a claim for Randy Moss,” Carton said.

Added co-host Boomer Esiason: “I would think that if he falls to the Jets, then the Jets would take him.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Chilean miner Edison Pena to run New York City Marathon

11.03.10 at 7:30 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NHL: Bruins at Sabres, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Bucks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ One of the Chilean miners who was trapped underground for 69 days will run the New York City Marathon on Sunday. Edison Pena, 34, trained by running 3-6 miles each day in work boots through underground tunnels, listening to Elvis Presley songs on an iPod and sometimes dragging a wooden pallet behind him for an added challenge. “I ran to forget that I was trapped,” Pena said. “I ran in the dark. It was tremendous for me. … I went to the depths, the lowest of the low, but I kept running. If you show God you can fight, He will listen much more than if you give up. God doesn’t like us to give up.”

‘™¦ Mike Shanahan is taking a lot of heat in Washington for his benching of Donovan McNabb on Sunday. Jason Cole at Yahoo! Sports writes that Shanahan has a history of jerking around quarterbacks. On the other hand, Ashley Fox in the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that now we know why the Eagles gave up on McNabb, and the traded doesn’t look so bad anymore.

‘™¦ Earlier in the week, Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg referred to Yankees fans as “awful” and “violent.” Despite the fact that Greenberg called Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and apologized, Steinbrenner still was upset Tuesday during a radio interview. “We were very angry. … They were absolutely inappropriate, ridiculous comments. We reached out to Major League Baseball right away. We told them we were absolutely going to respond in an aggressive way. We agreed to wait until after the game [Monday night] because we didn’t want to distract from the World Series.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 3, 1965, which goalie ‘€” who would go on to have more success outside of Boston ‘€” made his NHL debut with the Bruins in a 2-2 tie vs. the Blackhawks?

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Packers TE Jermichael Finley has emergency surgery

11.03.10 at 6:51 am ET
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Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who is out for the season following leg surgery last month, revealed that he had a second surgery after getting an infection in his knee. Finley said he was put on antibiotics and will have an IV in his chest for the next month and a half following the emergency surgery about a week ago.

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Revolution’s Taylor Twellman reportedly set to retire

11.03.10 at 6:40 am ET
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According to multiple reports, Revolution forward Taylor Twellman will announce his retirement Wednesday afternoon. Twellman, 30, has been dealing with post-concussion symptoms for the last two years following a collision with Los Angeles goalkeeper Steve Cronin. The second overall pick in the 2002 MLS draft, Twellman scored a team-record 101 goals in 174 regular-season matches with the Revs. A five-time All-Star, he was named league MVP in 2005.

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LEEInks List: Memorable Boston press conferences

11.03.10 at 6:28 am ET
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Randy Moss has had a wild 24 hours: playing against his former team less than a month after being traded and then being waived on Monday. But the most memorable part of Moss’ Halloween was Moss’ press conference, when, in a bizarre twist, he interviewed himself. The veteran receiver announced that he would no longer answer questions from the press this season but he wanted to talk to avoid being fined again.

While Moss’ press conference may be one of the wildest we’ve seen nationally in the past decade, we were able to find some other instances of stars in Boston saying some crazy things, or finding themselves in odd situations. Here’s a collection of some for which we could locate video.

10. March 10, 2010: Nomar Garciaparra retires as a Red Sox

The former shortstop and his onetime adversaries in the Red Sox front office buried the hatchet for a day at spring training so Garciaparra could retire as a member of the team with which he started his career. There were those who questioned the sincerity of Garciaparra, who had some legendary battles with the media.

9. Dec. 9, 2009: An embarrassed Tom Brady gets peppered with questions about his new baby

Brady tried his best to change the subject, but the media continued to pester him about the birth of his son. It would be difficult to recall a birth in Boston that received more attention than this one.

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Record low TV ratings for World Series

11.02.10 at 9:23 pm ET
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The Giants-Rangers World Series averaged an 8.4 rating and and a 14 share, matching the record low rating of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays. The average rating was down 28 percent from last year’s Yankees-Phillies series.

The decisive Game 5 on Monday night drew 15 million viewers and beat the Monday Night Football game between the Colts and Texans by 3.1 million.

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Mississippi State football player Nick Bell dies of cancer

11.02.10 at 9:19 pm ET
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Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. Bell, a 20-year-old sophomore, was diagnosed in late September and had surgery Oct. 1 to remove a mass from his brain. He had emergency surgery on Monday morning after the cancer was discovered to have spread throughout his body.

“Nick was a son and he was a brother to everyone in this football family,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Tuesday night. “I know he’s looking down on us right now and I’m sure he’s already been picked for a team up in heaven to play football again ‘€” the game that he loved.”

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Report: Seahawks not interested in Randy Moss

11.02.10 at 5:37 pm ET
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The Seahawks are not interested in adding wide receiver Randy Moss, a league source told profootballtalk.com. The Seahawks are thought by some insiders to be a possible destination for Moss, who was officially released by the Vikings on Tuesday.

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