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Monday’s Morning Mashup

08.23.10 at 7:49 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:
Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

Lou Piniella made an emotional farewell to baseball Sunday, managing his final game with the Cubs. The Chicago Tribune recaps Piniella’s tear-filled goodbye as he leaves early to tend to his ailing mother. In Florida’s St. Petersburg Times, John Romano opines that baseball is less interesting without the fiery Piniella. Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com agrees that Piniella will be missed, despite the Cubs’ struggles this season.

♦ In The Washington Post, agent Don Yee, whose client list includes Tom Brady, lays out his plan for changing college athletics by paying the athletes.

♦ In The Los Angeles Times, Dylan Hernandez looks at the decision by legendary announcer Vin Scully to stick around at least one more season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Aug. 23, 1974, which Red Sox pitcher outdueled the A’s Vida Blue to win his 20th game?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s easy to say [he's maturing] when a guy gets everybody out. That’s the normal course of growing up.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on Clay Buchholz, who improved to 15-5 with a league-best 2.26 ERA after beating the Blue Jays on Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 100 — Career victories for Reds (and former Red Sox) pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who improved to 14-7 with Sunday’s win over the Dodgers

‘NET RESULTS: A fan falls asleep at a Rays game and is woken up by the team mascot shooting silly string at him.

Tennis star Roger Federer allegedly shows off his accuracy, William Tell-style.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Tiant

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Linda Thompson is 63 today.

Read More: Don Yee, Lou Piniella, Vin Scully,

Strasburg leaves game with apparent injury

08.21.10 at 9:15 pm ET
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Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg left the Nationals’ game against the Phillies in the fifth inning with an apparent injury. The ailment appeared to be to his right wrist, which Strasburg grabbed and started shaking after a pitch to Philadelphia’s Dominic Brown. The first pick in the 2009 June amateur draft was making just his third start since returning from  a stint on the disabled list with inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. He finished his 4 1/3-outing giving up one run on two hits while striking out six.

Read More: Rumor Mill, Stephen Strasburg,

Columnist Mariotti arrested in LA

08.21.10 at 3:37 pm ET
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Sports columnist and TV personality Jay Mariotti was arrested early Saturday morning on a felony charge. Sources told TMZ.com that the Around the Horn panelist and former Chicago Sun-Times columnist was charged with domestic violence. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

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Yankees’ Rodriguez could miss week

08.21.10 at 2:38 pm ET
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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez may have to sit out the team’s upcoming three-game series with the Blue Jays due to his left calf strain. Rodriguez left Friday’s game with the Mariners after just one at-bat and was not in the starting lineup Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi did not think the star will go on the disabled list, however.

Read More: alex rodriguez,

Glazer: Harvin could return next week

08.21.10 at 1:29 pm ET
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FOXSports.com Jay Glazer tweeted that Vikings coach Brad Childress is “optimistic” that Percy Harvin will begin practicing with the team again next week. Harvin collapsed on the sidelines of Thursday’s team practice and has a history of experiencing debilitating migraine headaches. Glazer lated added in a separate tweet that Childress told him, “”This is a puzzle we have no idea when it will be solved. It’s a tough deal.”

Read More: Percy Harvin,

Anthony’s wife saying NY a ‘possibility’

08.21.10 at 1:07 pm ET
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Carmelo Anthony‘s wife, LaLa Vasquez, certainly didn’t do anything to cool the rumors that her husband wants to play for the Knicks in the future when she told the New York Post, “Us being in New York is a possibility.”

She added that despite the multi-year extension that the Nuggets offered Anthony this offseason, there are still multiple teams that the superstar would consider moving to if given the opportunity. However, the allure of Madison Square may be too much. “Melo will tell you, and all the players will tell you no matter where their loyalty is, there aren’t many places like Madison Square Garden. They’ll all say that, and it’s nothing against their teams but there is a different energy in there, and you really can’t top that,” Vasquez said.

Read More: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Rumor Mill,

Marlins’ Paulino suspended 50 games for drug test

08.20.10 at 4:54 pm ET
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After testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, Marlins catch Ronny Paulino was suspended 50 games on Friday by Major League Baseball under the drug policy.

In a statement released by the team, Paulino said, “To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill. I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball’s drug policy. I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins organization and baseball fans.”

This season, Paulino is hitting .259 with four home runs and 37 RBI. He’s struggled since the All-Star break, hitting only .195 with one homer. To replace him, the Marlins recalled catcher Chad Davis from Triple-A New Orleans.

Read More: Florida Marlins, Ronny Paulino, Rumor Mill,

Twins’ Punto heads back to DL

08.20.10 at 4:43 pm ET
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After returning Tuesday from a strained left hamstring, Nick Punto is going back on the 15-day DL following Thursday’s game against the White Sox. Punto aggravated the same injury running the bases in the fifth inning.

The infielder is hitting .253 this season in 81 games. To fill his roster spot, the Twins recalled infielder Matt Tolbert from Triple-A Rochester for Friday’s game against the Angels.

Read More: Minnesota Twins, Nick Punto, Rumor Mill,

Bucks sign Boykins

08.20.10 at 4:35 pm ET
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The Bucks announced on Friday that they’ve officially signed free agent Early Boykins.

The guard is 34 years old and played with the Wizards last season, averaging 6.6 points 2.6 assists 67 games. Boykins spent part of the 2006-07 season with Milwaukee and averaged a career-high 14.6 points.

Read More: Earl Boykins, Milwaukee Bucks, Rumor Mill,

Vikings work out Walker after Harvin scare

08.20.10 at 3:27 pm ET
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Former Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker worked out with the Vikings on Friday, reports Adam Schefter via Twitter.

With receiver Percy Harvin collapsing on Thursday with a migraine, Minnesota could be looking to add another pass-catcher for insurance. Walker is a familiar target for quarterback Brett Favre, who connected with the receiver for 89 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2004.

After that season, however, Walker wanted a new contract and Favre openly criticized him for not playing out his deal. Since then, Walker suffered a season-ending injury early in 2005 and has bounced around from the Broncos to the Raiders.

Last season with Oakland, Walker played in just three games and failed to record a catch.

Read More: Javon Walker, Percy Harvin, Rumor Mill,