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Monday’s Morning Mashup

07.26.10 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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 TODAY:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Tim Cowlishaw in The Dallas Morning News writes that Cowboys first-round draft pick Dez Bryant has the makings of a star. Apparently, Bryant agrees, as he refused to take part in some basic rookie hazing at the team’s training camp on Sunday. As explained in an ESPN story, Bryant refused to carry veteran wide receiver Roy Williams‘ pads after practice, stating: “I’m not doing it. I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.” Responded Williams: “Everybody has to go through it. I had to go through it. No matter if you’re a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you’ve still got to do something when you’re a rookie.” Williams threatened to go to “Step 2″ in his attempt to get the rookie in line.

♦ The Mets’ latest loss, a 1-0 setback vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday, featured a dispute between pitcher R.A. Dickey and manager Jerry Manuel, and general manager Omar Minaya refused to assure the members of his coaching staff that they are safe.

Will Leitch in New York magazine opines that the Bronx is boring since George Steinbrenner started to disappear from the spotlight.

Phil Rogers in the Chicago Tribune writes about Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson and his relationship with Cubs fans.

Bill Livingston in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer writes that the Cavaliers should never retire LeBron James‘ number to the rafters.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 26, 1962, which two Red Sox players infamously disembarked the team bus while stuck in New York City traffic and went AWOL from the team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Do not be lured to the dark side. It’s a stain on the game, a stain gradually being removed.” Andre Dawson, referring to the use of performance-enhancing drugs, during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Walk-off wins in one week by the Marlins, who edged the Braves 5-4 in 11 innings Sunday

‘NET RESULTS: German soccer star Mesut Ozil warms up by kicking his chewing gum into his mouth.

This goalie needs to be investigated. He redirects a shot into his goal.

Interesting soccer celebration.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gene Conley and Pumpsie Green

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dobie Gray is 70 today.

Read More: Dez Bryant, Jerry Manuel, Roy Williams,

Rumor: Rangers talk to Marlins about Cantu

07.26.10 at 6:17 am ET
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According to a tweet from Fox Sports writer Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers are having “ongoing conversations” with the Marlins about acquiring infielder Jorge Cantu and are considering the Orioles’ Ty Wigginton as well.

Rosenthal also notes that the Marlins also have talked to the Rockies and Giants.

Read More: Jorge Cantu, Trade deadline, Ty WIgginton,

Ravens first-round pick Kindle hospitalized after fall

07.25.10 at 8:21 pm ET
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According to the Ravens, first-round pick Sergio Kindle hurt his head in a fall in Texas last Thursday, which will reportedly prevent him from reporting to training camp on Monday.

The former University of Texas linebacker reportedly fell two flights of stairs while in a house in Austin, Texas. According to reports, Kindle is in stable condition and is being treated at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Members of the Ravens’ medical staff are in communication with doctors.

“Members of our medical staff, including Bill Tessendorf and Dr. Andy Tucker, have spoken with doctors in Texas. We understand Sergio is stable at this time and that he is being tested and observed,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a release.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Sergio Kindle,

T-Mac heading to Chicago?

07.25.10 at 8:08 pm ET
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It appears the Bulls are ready to sign veteran Tracy McGrady if he’s healthy enough and convince the team he’s willing to take a backup role, according to ESPN. A source quoted in the story indicates that if McGrady meets those two criteria, McGrady to Chicago is pretty much a done deal. “Nothing is done until it’s done, but I expect the Bulls to sign McGrady later this week,” the source told ESPN. The former NBA All-Star and free agent has been linked to the Bulls, the Heat and Clippers.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Tracy McGrady,

Dan Haren traded to Angels

07.25.10 at 6:56 pm ET
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According to multiple reports, Arizona starting pitcher Dan Haren has been traded to the Angels for starter Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic the additional player will be a top prospect, but evidently (according Jeff Passan Yahoo!) not 2009 first-round selection Mike Trout.

Haren will make $12.75 million in both 2011 and ’12, while carrying a club option of $15.5 million for ’13. The righty is currently 7-8 with a 4.60 ERA this season.

Read More: Trade deadline,

Report: Jets have no interest in Adalius Thomas

07.25.10 at 2:39 pm ET
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According to ESPN.com, the Jets have no interest in signing for Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas. It was believed at one point that New York would be a major player for the services of Thomas, who was released by New England on April 26, partly due to the player’s history with Jets head coach Rex Ryan when both were in Baltimore. But, while Ryan states that there could be some interest down the road, Thomas isn’t currently on the Jets’ radar.

Read More: Rumor Mill,

Report: Marlins unlikely to deal Ross, Nunez

07.25.10 at 1:03 pm ET
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According to a Tweet from FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins are unlikely to move either outfielder Cody Ross or reliever Leo Nunez, both whom have been linked to the Red Sox as the trade deadline approaches. Rosenthal also notes that Florida isn’t expected to trade Dan Uggla, although the dealing of Jorge Cantu (perhaps to the Rangers) remains a possibility.

Read More: Trade deadline,

Report: Sox, Yanks favorites for Downs?

07.25.10 at 10:38 am ET
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According to a Tweet by FoxSports.com Jon Morosi, the Red Sox and Yankees have emerged as two of the favorites for the services of Toronto reliever Scott Downs. Morosi also identifies the Mets, Reds and Twins as being involved in talks for the lefty.

The 34-year-old is currently 3-5 with a 2.45 ERA in 45 appearances with the Jays. Downs hasn’t surrendered a run since June 6. The price could be made higher by the fact that the reliever projects to be a Type A free agent, which would allow whichever team maintains his services at year’s end to garner two draft picks.

Downs’ contract pays him $4 million for the 2010 season.

Read More: Trade deadline,

Report: Phillies ‘determined’ to land Oswalt or Haren

07.24.10 at 9:51 pm ET
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Ed Price of fanhouse.com is reporting that the Phillies are determined to acquire either Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren.

The report — citing an official of an American League team– suggests that a third team would be involved in any deal, and that Jayson Werth would likely be moved.

The Phillies were one of four teams scouting Oswalt’s start vs. the Reds on Saturday, along with the Yankees, Cardinals and Dodgers.

Leyland denies Tigers trade rumors

07.24.10 at 9:33 pm ET
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Despite rumors swirling that Mike Lowell is headed to Detroit to fill in for Brandon Inge, or that Cubs’ lefty Ted Lilly may be added to the Tigers’ righty-dominant rotation, Tigers manager Jim Leyland says otherwise, MLB.com reports.

Leyland reportedly said Saturday, “I’ve not had any discussion about any one of those players with anyone that is important. [Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski] does that stuff. I’m sure Dave would make me aware. To my knowledge, I’ve heard a couple players a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t heard any since. But it wasn’t those two.”

Leyland said, however, that it would be no surprise if Detroit made a trade by the deadline, if it will make a major difference on the roster.

“My personal opinion, and I do not speak for Dave, I speak for myself, is that if you can get somebody that is going to make a significant difference, then I would try to make the trade,” Leyland said. “If it’s somebody that’s going to make you an eyelash better, I wouldn’t give up good players to do that.”

Read More: Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland, Mike Lowell, Ted Lilly