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Report: Angels looking at Cantu, LaRoche

07.21.10 at 10:58 am ET
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The Angels need help at first base, and according to a report by FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the two big targets on their list are Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Adam LaRoche of the Diamondbacks. Power hitters Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder also have come up as names, but their respective teams appear to be asking too much for the Angels to have any interest. Royals infielder Alberto Callaspo, he of the .309 on-base percentage, is also a name the Angels are pursuing. The Halos need help at first after Kendry Morales broke his leg celebrating a walk-off home run earlier in the season. Anaheim is looking for more of a temporary fix at the position until Morales returns next season.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup

07.21.10 at 7:15 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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 Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)


♦ Dodgers coach Don Mattingly, filling in for ejected manager Joe Torre, made a rulebook mistake Tuesday night that cost his team in a 7-5 loss to the Giants. In the top of the ninth inning of a game Los Angeles was leading 5-4, with one out and the bases loaded, Mattingly went to the mound to talk to closer Jonathan Broxton and arrange his defense. Mattingly started to leave, but then turned around to respond to a question and stepped back on the dirt below the pitcher’s mound. That constitutes a second visit, requiring the pitcher to be removed. Tim Brown at Yahoo! Sports has the details and reaction. Here’s the video from MLB.com.

The New York Post has the story of Mets utility player (and former Red Sox super sub) Alex Cora admonishing a teammate for laughing with reporters after Tuesday night’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune has the story about Lou Piniella‘s decision to retire as manager of the Cubs.

♦ Former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant on the CBS reality show “Survivor: Nicaragua,” according to ESPNDallas.com.

♦ On the heels of USC’s decision to replace athletic director Mike Garrett with Pat Haden and return Reggie Bush‘s Heisman Trophy, Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times writes that Garrett was his own worst enemy.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 21, 1988, Red Sox manager Joe Morgan and slugger Jim Rice got into a heated dispute after Morgan replaced Rice with which pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a win over the Twins?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I didn’t see it. He saw something that nobody else in our dugout saw.” — Red Sox manager Terry Francona, on a 10th inning balk call by umpire Bob Davidson that put the winning run in scoring position

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 — The rank for managerial wins in major league history for Cubs mentor Lou Piniella, who announced he will retire at the end of the season

‘NET RESULTS: The Japanese team pulled off the hidden ball trick at the World Lacrosse Championships.

A reporter got a little too close to the skateboard action, and a kid paid the price.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Spike Owen, who was sent in to drop down a sacrifice bunt

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, is 62 today.

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Phillies may be in play for in Oswalt

07.21.10 at 6:35 am ET
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According to a reports, the Phillies are working on a major deal to land a starting pitcher, and that pitcher might be Astros ace Roy Oswalt. Oswalt, who would have to approve the trade, reportedly would prefer to go to a team in the South or Midwest, but going to Philadelphia would give him a chance to win.

AOL FanHouse quoted a source as describing trade talks as “heavy.”

Oswalt is owed more than $7 million for the rest of this year and $16 million next season, and he has a $16 million option with a $2 million buyout for 2012, causing interest in him to be limited.

According to an ESPN report, the Phillies also reportedly are trying to move outfielder Jayson Werth, which would free up some money to pay someone such as Oswalt.

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Report: Harvard’s Lin agrees with Warriors

07.21.10 at 6:27 am ET
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Harvard product Jeremy Lin, who turned heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League this month, has agreed to a deal with the Warriors, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Lin is expected to receive a multi-year deal, the report states, with a first-year salary of about $500,000. It would be a homecoming for Lin, who grew up in the Bay Area.

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Stark: Phillies ‘working’ on Werth deal

07.20.10 at 10:55 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Jayson Stark, the Phillies are working on a “major deal” for a starting pitcher and would move outfielder Jayson Werth in a companion trade.

Werth has been the subject of countless trade rumors over the last couple of months. Reports earlier in July suggested that the Red Sox might be a player for Werth, who is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract. He is hitting .280 with 13 HR and 50 RBI this season for the Phillies.

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Isringhausen offered deal

07.20.10 at 6:06 pm ET
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After throwing for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, Jason Isringhausen has been offered a contract by the team, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Reds manager Dusty Baker was impressed with the 37-year-old’s ability given that he has been out of the game all season, as he told John Fay of the Enquirer that he felt Isringhausen “looked good for a guy who’s been out a while.”

The Yankees, Royals, Cardinals, and Rays are also rumored to be interested in the right-hander, so should he not sign with the Reds, he may have other options.

Isringhausen tied Armando Benitez and Chad Cordero in 2004 for the league lead in saves with 47. In addition to not playing this season, he offered only a small sample size in 2009. Last season with the Rays, he appeared in just 9 games, throwing six innings and allowing six hits, two earned runs, and five walks. He struck out six.

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Hughes to Celtics?

07.20.10 at 4:39 pm ET
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Bill Ingram of Hoops World has tweeted that free agent shooting guard Larry Hughes has narrowed his list of teams down to the Lakers, Heat, Celtics and Bobcats. Hughes finished the 2009-2010 season with Charlotte.

The eighth overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Hughes has played for the 76ers, Warriors, Wizards, Cavaliers, Bulls, Knicks, and Bobcats over his 12-year career. He has averaged 14.2, 3.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds.

Hughes would seemingly fill the void that was created when Tony Allen departed for Memphis earlier this month.

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Stoudemire out of Worlds on contract issues

07.20.10 at 4:23 pm ET
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Amar’e Stoudemire, expected to be a top American player at the World Championships in Turkey next month, is out of the competition because of difficulty insuring his contract, ESPN.com reports.

The Knicks asked their new forward to remove himself from Team USA Monday and Stoudemire complied, though he admitted he was excited to represent the Americans after playing in the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament.

The USA team learned of Stoudemire’s change of plan Tuesday. The championships start Aug. 28 in Turkey.

Following Stoudemire’s microfracture knee surgery, Phoenix refused to offer him a contract with maximum length, allowing the Knicks to offer the 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 23.1 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game last season a five-year deal worth $100 million, despite saying they were unsure about the contract’s insurance.

Stoudemire’s insurance policy from his previous contract with the Suns is still in place, according to the Knicks, but does not include surgical repair to his left knee.

The Knicks have been unable to secure insurance on his new deal, thereby motivating the Knicks to stop Stoudemire from playing on the USA Basketball national team this summer.

The USA team was relying on Stoudemire to make up for the absences of the 2008 Olympics gold medalists that are taking this summer off.

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Heat want Doc?

07.20.10 at 4:07 pm ET
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There has been talk that though the Heat pulled off some pretty big moves this offseason, their building of a championship-winning team may continue into next offseason. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Riley has his eye on current Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

“Riley has his eye on Doc Rivers to someday coach the Heat,” writes Wojnarowski. “Rivers has one year left on his Celtics contract, and has been heavily affected by the distance between him and his family still living in Orlando.”

Wojnarowski notes that nobody in the Heat organization made any promises of anybody but current head coach Erik Spoelstra being at the helm in Miami, but there will be considerable pressure on Spoelstra to win with the trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh.

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Gammons: Rockies turned down Lowrie-for-Iannetta

07.20.10 at 3:32 pm ET
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According to a tweet from Peter Gammons, the Rockies are not actively looking to move catcher Chris Iannetta. In fact, tweets Gammons, they rejected a proposed swap from the Red Sox of infielder Jed Lowrie for the catcher.

One reason as to why the Rockies may be leaning towards keeping the 27-year-old is that he could potentially play first base if incumbent Todd Helton, who has battled back and hamstring issues this season, doesn’t last in his return from the disabled list.

A native of Providence, R.I., Iannetta has a career batting average of .240 but an on-base percentage of .358. He has played in only 27 games this season and has spent time at the Triple A level. He has seven homers in 106 plate appearances this season, playing in 27 games and hitting at a .220 clip.

Lowrie, 26, has been rehabbing after missing the first half of the season with mononucleosis. The 45th overall pick in the 2005 MLB draft, Lowrie has has hit .235 with a .313 OBP in 113 games in the majors.

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