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Report: Haren likely to be dealt

07.23.10 at 10:06 am ET
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The Diamondbacks appear more and more likely by the day to trade starting pitcher Dan Haren, according to a report by the Arizona Republic. The report notes that just last week Arizona was planning to have Haren in their 2011 rotation, but those plans appear to be changing. The asking price for the ace, whose ERA is a run higher than a year ago but does have similar strikeout and walk totals, will be high though as the D’backs look to fill holes on their MLB roster rather than gather prospects for the future. The Yankees, Twins, Phillies and Cardinals have all been mentioned as teams interested in acquiring the righty.

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Olney: Hannahan trade could be end of Lowrie

07.23.10 at 8:33 am ET
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ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney tweeted that Boston’s recent acquisition of infielder Jack Hannahan could mean that the team will look to trade fellow utilityman Jed Lowrie. Lowrie just made his return to the big leagues Wednesday after missing the entire first half of the season with mononucleosis. Hannahan played second base, shortstop and third base for Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma before coming over to the Red Sox organization and could replace Lowrie as a jack-of-all-trades infielder. Olney mentions that Lowrie’s rumored destination could be San Diego should the Sox actually choose to move him.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup

07.23.10 at 8:13 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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 Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

MLB: Red Sox at Mariners, 4:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


♦ With the Mets reeling, Jason Bay‘s struggles once again are in the spotlight. The former Red Sox left fielder was benched Thursday night as the Mets lost to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. “One day off will only clear your head a little bit,” Bay said before New York’s 2-0 loss. “Then you have to go out there after that. It’s straight battle mode all the time. It’s just not comfortable.” Mets manager Jerry Manuel expected Bay would put up better numbers on this current road road trip, but Bay went 0-for-6 in a 14-inning loss to Arizona Wednesday night and is batting .169 in July. He has six home runs on the season. “I am somewhat surprised [by Bay],” said Manuel, whose team has not scored in 17 innings and is 1-7 on its 11-game road trip. “I really thought this was kind of a good opportunity to get away from the pressures, the anxiety he has when he’s in New York. I thought he would get out here on the West Coast and take off.”

♦ With Lou Piniella having announced plans to retire, the speculation has begun about his replacement. Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the team should make a play for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who grew up and went to college in Illinois and played for the Cubs. HE also breaks down the other leading candidates.

♦ With Alex Rodriguez now one home run away from 600, Tim Smith in the New York Daily News writes that Yankees fans slowly are coming around to embrace the controversial slugger.

♦ In the New York Times, Howard Beck writes that Chris Paul, who reportedly has asked to be traded from the Hornets, is unlikely to be headed to the Knicks anytime soon.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com has a piece in which she gets input from 20 high-profile college basketball coaches, without naming any of them, about a variety of hot-button topics, including the problem of agents and runners.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player celebrated his birthday by hitting three home runs in two innings during a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Definitely one of the weirdest no-decisions I’ve ever had, how about that?” — John Lackey, after Thursday’s night’s near no-hitter turned into a 13-inning, 8-6 victory for the Red Sox

STAT OF THE DAY: 599 — Career home runs for Alex Rodriguez, following his solo shot Thursday in New York

‘NET RESULTS: Cleveland Gladiators lineman Adam Tadisch drags five players to the end zone in an impressive Arena League touchdown.

Things get heated between soccer players and reporters at a Brazilian soccer match.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra, who tied a major league record with five home runs in two days

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John Hall, co-founder the 1970s band Orleans and now a New York congressman, is 62 today.

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Report: Browns, QB McCoy agree to terms

07.23.10 at 7:32 am ET
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The Associated Press reports that quarterback Colt McCoy has an agreement on a multi-year deal with the Browns. McCoy was selected in the third round of the draft after passing for more than 13,000 yards and winning an NCAA record 45 games as a starter at Texas.

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Dumervil gets extension with Broncos

07.23.10 at 7:15 am ET
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NFL sacks leader Elvis Dumervil agreed to a long-term extension with the Broncos worth a reported $61 million over six seasons, with between $41 million and $43 million guaranteed.

Dumervil had a team-record 17 sacks last season and earned a starting spot in the Pro Bowl.

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Cowboys sign first-rounder Bryant

07.23.10 at 7:12 am ET
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The Cowboys announced they have a deal with wide receiver Dez Bryant, making the former Oklahoma State star the first first-round draft pick to sign a contract this year.

The deal is worth $11.8 million over five years, with at least $8.3 million guaranteed.

“This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice [Friday],” Bryant said in a statement from the team. “I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can’t wait to start playing football again.”

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Report: All Royals available, including Greinke

07.23.10 at 7:07 am ET
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According to a report in the New York Post, the Royals have told other teams that there are no untouchables on their roster, leaving teams in position to make offers for standout starter Zach Greinke and AL saves leader Joakim Soria.

Kansas City, which dealt Alberto Callaspo to the Angels on Thursday for right-hander Sean Sullivan, also has outfielder David DeJesus, whose name has been a popular one in the rumor mill this month.

Read More: Alberto Callaspo, Joakim Soria, Rumor Mill, Zach Greinke

Report: Knicks would trade anyone but Amar’e for Paul

07.23.10 at 6:56 am ET
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With reports that Chris Paul is asking out of New Orleans and has the Knicks on his short list of preferred destinations, the New York Post reports that the Knicks would do just about anything to accommodate the standout point guard.

According to the report, the Knicks would make any player available, with the exception of new forward Amar’e Stoudemire.

Paul is expected to meet with Hornets executives, including new general manager Dell Demps, on Monday. The team previously has stated it has no interest in trading Paul, who can become a free agent in 2012.

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Lakers add Barnes, Ratliff

07.23.10 at 6:46 am ET
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Seven-year veteran Matt Barnes announced Thursday via a Twitter post that he will suit up for the Lakers next season. Barnes, who joins his eighth NBA team, averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Magic last season. Yahoo! Sports reports the deal is for two years and $3.6 million.

The Lakers also came to terms with 37-year-old center Theo Ratliff, who spent last season with the Spurs and Bobcats. Ratliff, who has led the league in blocks three times, averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds last season.

Here’s the video of Barnes going at it with Kobe Bryant last season.

Read More: Matt Barnes, Rumor Mill, Theo Ratliff,

DeJesus hurt in New York

07.22.10 at 9:39 pm ET
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It appears when a player is even rumored to be coming to Boston, they get injured – even a star player who might have a chance to leave a struggling club for a contending team.

It’s been that kind of season for the Red Sox, and now for David DeJesus.

The Kansas City outfielder, rumored to have the interest of several contending teams including the Red Sox, had to leave Thursday’s game at Yankee Stadium when he crashed into the right-center field wall attempting to catch Derek Jeter‘s fly ball. He caught the ball but it dropped out of his glove on his right hand as he fell to the ground.

DeJesus appeared to bend his right hand backward underneath his glove as he crashed into the wall. Several innings later, the Royals announced the official diagnosis as a sprained right thumb.

The Royals added that DeJesus would be out for the remainder of the four-game Yankees series, which opened Thursday in the Bronx.

As Jeter raced around the bases the bases for his second career inside-the-park home run, and first since 1996, DeJesus lay on the warning track holding his right hand and wrist. He had to leave the game, with the assistance of a Royals team trainer.

The Royals are mired in fourth place in the American League Central while the Red Sox are battling to remain in playoff contention, entering Thursday 4 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the wild card chase.

The Red Sox could be interested in DeJesus as a veteran leadoff hitter and someone who could play left and center should Jacoby Ellsbury not be ready to play everyday as he returns from his rib injury.

Read More: David DeJesus, Derek Jeter, red sox, Royals