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Clearing house: Several NL teams fire managers

10.04.10 at 5:20 pm ET
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The 2010 baseball coaching carousel became a little bit wilder Monday after three National League teams cut ties with their managers. The moves brought the grand total of managers who lost their job this season to eight and does not include the four managers who have or will retire.

The Mets officially fired manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya after another disappointing season. Manuel took over halfway through the 2008 season and led the Mets within a game of the playoffs before watching the team struggle through the past two years. The 2000 American League Manager of the Year could not eclipse the 80-win mark in either of the past two years, leading New York to back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the National League East.

Minaya took over as the general manager of the Mets in 2004 and watched the team make the playoffs just once in his seven seasons at the helm. Over the past few seasons he pieced together a star-studded roster that had the fifth-highest payroll in the majors but struggled to be a threat in the NL East. The Mets have announced they will find a new general manager first, who will then provide input on the new manager.

The Pirates fired third-year manager John Russell Monday. Russell led the team to its second-worst record in franchise history this year with a 57-105 record. Sunday’s loss against the Marlins tied Russell with Fred Haney (1953-55) for the most losses in a three-year span with 299.

Brewers fans could possibly see a fourth manager in just over two years after the team told Ken Macha that his option for next season would not be picked up. In two seasons, Macha led the Brewers to a 157-67 record coming off the Brewers’ first playoff appearance in 26 years. Possible replacements for Macha include former Brewers interim manager (and Red Sox third base coach) Dale Sveum, who was passed up in favor of Macha in 2008, and former Mets manager Willie Randolph.

Read More: Jerry Manuel, John Russell, Ken Macha, Omar Minaya

Twins rule out Morneau for playoffs

10.04.10 at 3:16 pm ET
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The Minnesota Twins have ruled out slugging first baseman Justin Morneau for the duration of the postseason due to the after effects of a concussion suffered on July 7 against the Blue Jays. Morneau had begun hitting on the field in recent days to test his progress. However, the Twins, who had already ruled out the All-Star for the Division Series against the Yankees, have now made the decision that they did not want to jeopardize the progress of his return by pushing him to come back for any postseason series.

“We are going to shut him down for the postseason and just take away that question mark,” Twins general manager Bill Smith told reporters. “It’s not a setback. I think Justin has continued to make great progress, but we are going to turn all of our attention to getting him ready to play for Spring Training.”

Morneau was named an All-Star for the fourth straight season on the strength of a campaign in which he was hitting .345/.437/.618/1.055 with 18 homers up to the time of the injury.

Read More: justin morneau, Rumor Mill, twins, Yankees

Monday’s Morning Mashup: Giants fans boo Tiki Barber

10.04.10 at 7:53 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:
NFL: Patriots at Dolphins, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Former Giants running back Tiki Barber was booed during his introduction at halftime of New York’s win over the Bears on Sunday night. Barber was one of 30 inductees into the team’s Ring of Honor, but his recent critical comments of coach Tom Coughlin did not sit well with the fans.

‘™¦ Nets CEO Brett Yormark responded to a comment from former team president Rod Thorn that Thorn “disliked” Yormark by placing the blame for the team’s 12-win season on Thorn’s shoulders. “We have a lot of work to do following Rod’s 12-70 season, and that work is both on and off the court,” Yormark said.

‘™¦ With the Red Sox‘ help, the Yankees missed out on a division title and settled for the wild card. In The New York Times, Tyler Kepner looks at the struggling Yanks, who are 0-3 in playoff series as a wild card.

‘™¦ Alabama is a clear No. 1 in college football, but Pete Thamel in The New York Times looks at the race for No. 2 between a handful of teams, including some fresh faces.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 4, 1948, the Red Sox played a one game playoff vs. the Indians for the American League pennant. Who was the surprised selection by Red Sox manager Joe McCarthy to start the game, which the Sox lost 8-3?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I can say there’€™s potential for there to be larger-than-normal turnover, but I wouldn’€™t guarantee it either. We’€™ll see how everything comes together.’€ ‘€” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, following Sunday’s season-ending game vs. the Yankees

STAT OF THE DAY: 631 ‘€” Consecutive sellout crowds for the Red Sox, after keeping the streak alive through the 2010 season

‘NET RESULTS: Dude Perfect is back with a new “longest shot.”

A college football sideline reporter tries to run with the Colorado Buffalo but gets take out by a member of the Buffalo crew.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Denny Galehouse

SOOTHING SOUNDS: On Oct. 4, 1970, Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose.

Read More: Brett Yormark, Rod Thorn, Tiki Barber,

Trail Blazers’ Fernandez wants out of Portland

10.03.10 at 11:20 pm ET
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Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez continues to express his desire to leave Portland for Chicago, New York, Boston or Spain. Fernandez, a Spain native, has insisted he is willing to hold out of the upcoming season if the Trail Blazers refuse to release him.

‘€œNothing has changed,’€ Fernandez told The Oregonian. ‘€œIt’€™s my decision and everybody needs to respect my decision. And that’€™s it.’€

Fernandez’€™s European agent, Gerard Darnes, has even flown to Portland to convince general manager Rich Cho to release the Spaniard. Fernandez is currently the team’€™s backup shooting guard behind All-Star Brandon Roy. Portland has shown no signs of accepting Fernandez’€™s demands.

Read More: Boston Celtics, Portland Trailblazers, Rudy Fernandez, Rumor Mill

Michael Vick injured in Eagles’ game against Redskins

10.03.10 at 11:20 pm ET
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left the field on Sunday after suffering an injury just short of the goal line against the Redskins. In the second quarter, Vick scrambled out of the pocket and ran down field into a collision with two Redskins defenders at the 1-yard line. The play was called back because of a holding penalty, and Vick struggled to get up and was forced to return to the locker room with what is being reported as a rib injury.

The Redskins, led by Donovan McNabb‘s return to Philadelphia, lead in the second quarter 17-3. Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb replaced Vick and the return of Philadelphia’s dynamic quarterback is uncertain. Vick went 5-for-7 attempts with 49 yards passing and 17 yards rushing before leaving the game.

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Tigers plan for 2011; will decline option for Magglio Ordonez

10.03.10 at 11:15 pm ET
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After a disappointing 2010 season, the Tigers have already begun planning for 2011. MLB Fanhouse reports that Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters that the team intends to decline the 2011 option of outfielder Magglio Ordonez. Dombrowski also stated that left-handed reliever Phil Coke will be transitioned into a starting pitcher next season.

Ordonez suffered a season ending right-ankle injury in late July while the Tigers have slipped far out of the AL Central standings as the season comes to an end. The 37-year-old veteran has an option valued at $15 million for 2011 but it is possible that Detroit may try to bring Ordonez back for less money. The report indicated that Ordonez has expressed a strong desire to remain in Detroit.

Coke was given the final start of the season against Baltimore by manager Jim Leyland who has planned to fill the lefty into the rotation for next season.

Read More: Detroit Tigers, Magglio Ordonez, Phil Coke, Rumor Mill

49ers coach Mike Singletary’s job safe for now

10.03.10 at 4:42 pm ET
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ESPN’€™s Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary‘€™s job is safe for now. According to league and team sources, Singletary will not be fired at the moment but there are no garuntees that the head coach will return after the season. Singletary has two years remaining on his contract after this season.

The 49ers (0-3) play Atlanta on Sunday after firing offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye last Monday. San Francisco has scored 38 points through their first three games, the second fewest in the NFL behind the Carolina Panthers. However, the NFC West is expected to be an open division this year, with no team running away from the rest of the pack. Singletary’€™s future could be decided later in the season if the 49ers are unable to find their form.

Read More: Mike Singletary, Rumor Mill, San Francisco 49ers,

NBA rumors: Nuggets’ Kenyon Martin will not hold out

10.03.10 at 4:41 pm ET
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Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin spoke to Nuggets.com and emphasized that he will not hold out for a contract extension. It had been rumored that Martin’€™s absence from team activities could mean the former No. 1 overall draft pick would hold out.

‘€œIt is physically impossible right now for me to play basketball,’€ Martin said. ‘€œIf they brought $20 million cash here and put it in my locker, I couldn’€™t do nothing with it. I would have to give it back because I physically can’€™t go right now. It’€™s impossible.’€

Martin had surgery to repair a torn patella tendon in mid-June and has continued rehab throughout the summer. There is no immediate timetable for Martin’€™s return as he is entering the final year of a seven-year contract.

The Nuggets have had a busy offseason with the continuous trade rumors surrounding All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Anthony reported to team activities although he has not accepted an extension with the Nuggets with free agency looming after the 2010-11 season.

Read More: Denver Nuggets, Kenyon Martin, Rumor Mill,

Bulls’ Carlos Boozer will miss eight weeks with broken hand

10.03.10 at 4:40 pm ET
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Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer is expected to miss eight weeks after suffering a broken right hand on Saturday. ESPN reports that the right hand will require surgery after Boozer injured it during the Bulls’€™ day off.

Boozer was Chicago’€™s high-profile addition after failing to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; instead the trio joined forces in Miami during this summer’€™s heavily covered free agency period. Boozer, a veteran forward acquired from Utah, averaged 19.5 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game with Utah last year in his eighth NBA season.

Bulls teammates have praised Boozer in the first week of training camp but Chicago fans will have to wait until their offseason signing will be able to play alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Read More: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, NBA, Rumor Mill

US has early Ryder Cup lead

10.01.10 at 5:21 pm ET
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The American side completed a day one comeback against the European side and hold a two-match lead as play was halted by darkness Friday. The story so far from Wales is the torrential rain that caused Cup play to be delayed more than six hours, the first Ryder Cup delay since the 1997 contest held in Spain. After the delay, the U.S. team leads three matches while the Europeans lead only one; Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are one down to Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer through 12 holes.

Play will resume tomorrow at 8 a.m. local time, 3 a.m. ET on Saturday. Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker are one up over Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher through nine holes thanks to a Woods birdie on the ninth. The forecast for Saturday is favorable. The Celtic Manor golf course has a drainage system that allows for water to flow off quickly but players were unable to continue until the rain had finally stopped.

Read More: Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Rumor Mill, Ryder Cup