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Angels plan big push for Crawford

09.28.10 at 8:10 am ET
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According to ESPN.com, the Angels “are planning an aggressive push” to sign free agent-to-be Carl Crawford. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, whose locker at the All-Star Game in Anaheim this summer was located next to that of Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, is hitting .309/.360/.491/.851 with 16 homers and 46 steals. According to the report, the Angels plan a hard push for the well-rounded outfielder, despite expectations that he will receive a deal in the vicinity of six years and $100 million, though the Halos would bow out of the bidding if Crawford’s price significantly exceeds that.

Angels GM Tony Reagins told the website that the Angels will have the resources to spend this offseason.

“You always have to take account of how the finances work, but we’re not limited financially in any way,” Reagins said. “Whatever we need to do that makes sense and that’s reasonable, we’ll address.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Evan Longoria rips Rays fans

09.28.10 at 7:47 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’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:
NHL Preseason: Bruins at Capitals, 7 p.m.
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ And you thought Tom Brady was critical of Patriots fans? Rays third baseman Evan Longoria ripped his team’s lack of fan support Monday night as the Rays sat on the brink of clinching a playoff berth. Only 12,446 turned out to see the Rays’ loss to the Orioles. After the game, Longoria brought up the topic of low attendance unprompted. Said the 24-year-old: “It’s kind of like, What else do you have to do to draw fans in this place? It’s actually embarrassing for us.” Added Longoria: “It’s disheartening. It’s something I’ve been wanting to say for a long time. It’s not a jab at the fans. It’s not a kick below the belt. Obviously, you want to bring a championship to Tampa and we’d like for more than [12,000] to 15,000 to know about it.”

‘™¦ Some NBA teams held their media day on Monday along with the Celtics. In Denver, Carmelo Anthony denied ever asking for a trade while the team tried to firm up a deal to send him to New Jersey. In Miami, the Heat talked about their “unprecedented” situation.

‘™¦ Jets coach Rex Ryan continues to defend his players against accusations of a team gone wild.

‘™¦ The Oakland Tribune looks at the passing of Raiders legend George Blanda.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 28, 2005, a Red Sox player scored his 100th run of the season, making the Sox the first team since 1950 to have four players with 100 or more runs. Who were the four players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My whole career I’ve been the measuring stick. Glad to see I’m still relevant.” ‘€” Shaquille O’Neal, at Monday’s Celtics media day, referring to a comment by Kobe Bryant that the Lakers guard has one more championship ring than Shaq

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 ‘€” Runs batted in this season for David Ortiz, who reached the milestone Monday night vs. the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS: Ohio high school football player Marky Thompkins hurdles two defenders on his way to the end zone.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Edgar Renteria, Johnny Damon, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ben E. King turns 72 on Tuesday.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, Evan Longoria, George Blanda, Rex Ryan

Carmelo Anthony denies asking Nuggets for trade

09.27.10 at 9:36 pm ET
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While rumors continue to swirl about the Nuggets and Nets trying to put a deal in place to move Carmelo Anthony from Denver, the forward spoke at his team’s media day and denied ever asking for a trade. “I’ve never said I wanted to be traded,” he said. “I never once said anything about trade talk.”

The Nuggets reportedly had a four-team deal in place but hesitated because the players they would have acquired ‘€” Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and Nets rookie Derrick Favors (along with two future first-round draft picks) ‘€” would have pushed the team $4.8 million further over the salary cap, meaning a tax of $4.8 million on top of that.

Another potential holdup in any trade is whether Anthony will sign an extension with his new team, which likely won’t risk having him for only one season before he becomes a free agent.

Anthony said Monday that he’s focused on the Nuggets.

“I’m here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds,” he said. “I’m leaving my options open right now.

“At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets, and we’ll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I’m just excited to get back to the court.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, Rumor Mill,

Report: Victor Martinez’ offer may have been for $22 million

09.27.10 at 4:29 pm ET
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According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, one baseball executive estimates that the two-year offer the Red Sox extended to Victor Martinez was for “about” $22 million. Heyman cites another executive saying that he doesn’t believe DH David Ortiz will hit the free agent market, and sees Detroit and the Angels as possible suitors for third baseman Adrian Beltre. To read the complete story click here.

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Driver convicted of murder in Adenhart crash

09.27.10 at 3:39 pm ET
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Andrew Thomas Gallo, 23, was convicted of murder Monday eighteen months after a car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels rookie Nick Adenhart, 22, and two others. Gallo, a recovering alcoholic, had previously been convicted of a DUI and faces up to 55 years in prison for three second-degree counts of murder.

Adenhart made his first career start on April 8, 2009 and pitched six shutout innings against the Oakland Athletics. Just after midnight Gallo ran a red light and hit the car Adenhart and three other people were traveling in. Courtney Stewart, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25, died at the crash scene while Adenhart died at a hospital in surgery. The fourth person in the car, Jon Wilhite, 24, suffered serious injuries.

After the crash Gallo, fled the scene and when caught posted a .19 % blood-alcohol level. He and his stepbrother, Raymond Rivera, had been drinking at two separate establishment that evening.

The Angels had slotted Adenhart in as their third starter going into the 2009 season after he was named the Angels’ number one prospect in 2009.  For the rest of the season the team’s uniforms were adorned with a No. 34 patch on the sleeve in his honor.

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Gilbert Arenas subdued at Wizards media day

09.27.10 at 2:28 pm ET
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Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas, who was suspended last season after bringing a gun into the locker room, participated in the team’s media day Monday in Washington. Arenas took questions briefly and was more reserved than he has been in years past. “I’m more to myself now,” he said. “You’re getting older, so you automatically grow.”

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Bills release Trent Edwards

09.27.10 at 2:20 pm ET
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One week after being benched, quarterback Trent Edwards was released Monday morning after four years with the Bills. After reportedly shopping the Stanford product in a trade last week, the Bills released Edwards, who had won the starting job in the offseason.

The former third-round pick went 14-18 with the Bills as a starter and was 0-2 this season, including going 11-of-18 for 102 yards with two interceptions against the Packers in Week 2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has replaced Edwards as the starting quarterback each of the past two years, led the Bills to 30 points Sunday against the Patriots, eight more points than the team combined for in Edwards’ two starts.

Brian Brohm is the only other quarterback on the Bills roster.

Read More: Brian Brohm, Rumor Mill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards

Niners fire offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye

09.27.10 at 2:15 pm ET
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The 49ers axed second-year offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye after they were held to 10 points against the Chiefs on Sunday. The 49ers have scored just 38 points through the first three weeks, second fewest in the NFL.

Raye will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson, with offensive assistant Jason Michael taking over as quarterbacks coach.

After being the favorite to win the NFC West going into the season San Francisco has started 0-3 with the offense struggling for consistency. San Francisco is 30th in the league in turnover differential at -5 with six turnovers in its first three games.

After a Week 1 loss to the Seahawks in which the 49ers managed just six points Raye took full responsibility for the offense’s struggles but he has been silent since.

Read More: jimmy raye, mike johnson, Rumor Mill,

In case you missed it: Aroldis Chapman throws fastest pitch ever recorded

09.27.10 at 1:33 pm ET
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Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman made history Friday night when one of his fastballs was clocked at 105 mph, the fastest ever recorded in a major league game. According to Yahoo! Sports, Chapman threw 25 pitches in his 1 1/3 innings and every one was clocked at at least 100 mph. The fastest pitch was a fastball delivered to San Diego’s Tony Gwynn.

‘€œI didn’€™t see it until the ball was behind me,’€ Gwynn said. ‘€œI was trying not to look at the radar reading because I’€™d be intimidated. I saw how hard he was throwing and just tried to be slow and work my hands.’€

For more on Chapman’s velocity click here.

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Yankees might pass on Crawford, Werth

09.27.10 at 12:03 pm ET
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The Yankees, according to GM Brian Cashman, believe that they have gotten excellent outfield production from their current group of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. As such, the team appears not to view the acquisition of an elite free-agent outfielder as a priority for the coming offseason. So while the Yankees may investigate the availability of free agents Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, they do not appear inclined to break the bank for either outfielder. For more, click here.

Read More: Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Rumor Mill, Yankees