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Report: Yankees ace CC Sabathia to have surgery

10.27.10 at 10:37 am ET
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The New York Post is reporting that Yankees ace CC Sabathia will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The tear was reportedly diagnosed Tuesday at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and Sabathia is expected to undergo surgery in the next few days. The Yankees are referring to the procedure as minor, and expect Sabathia to recover within three weeks and be fully ready to go come spring training.

This past season, Sabathia was 21-7 with 3.18 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 237 2/3 innings, which puts him in the running for the American League Cy Young Award. Although the Yankees won all three of his postseason starts, Sabathia struggled a bit, posting a 1.81 WHIP and 5.63 ERA, failing to pitch more than six innings in any game.

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Report: Manny Ramirez expresses interest in Blue Jays

10.27.10 at 10:35 am ET
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According to a foxsports.com report, 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez is eyeing a return to the American League East with the Blue Jays. Ramirez, who will soon be a free agent, made comments on Tuesday praising the club’s decision to hire former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell as their manager.

“John has tremendous knowledge of the game, a very pleasant man, and he trains ballplayers,” Ramirez said. “Toronto has made a great acquisition. Farrell is a manager for whom I would like to play, and Toronto is a team I’ve liked since they had all those Dominican players in the ’80s.”

Farrell became the Red Sox pitching coach after the 2006 season. Ramirez played for the Red Sox from 2001-08, before being dealt to the Dodgers at the ’08 trade deadline. In the middle of 2010, the Dodgers then moved Ramirez to the White Sox for the remainder of the season. In a season shortened by injuries, he hit nine home runs with 42 RBI in 90 games. The 38-year-old had surgery two weeks ago for a hernia suffered during the season.

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Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon arrested on DUI complaint

10.27.10 at 10:27 am ET
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Oklahoma State star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested early Tuesday on a highway just outside of Dallas for a misdemeanor DUI complaint. According to police spokesman Dustin Bartram, Blackmon was arrested at 3:45 a.m. after officers used radar to determine he was driving 92 mph in a 60 mph zone along Interstate 35 in Carrollton, Texas. Officers had the 20-year-old perform field sobriety tests, and under Texas law, drivers under 21 can be arrested for having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, and Blackmon fell into that category, Bartram said.

Coach Mike Gundy did not announce any immediate decisions regarding discipline for Blackmon. “I’ve got two sides of the story,” Gundy said. “But as always, in fairness to everybody involved, we gather all of the information before we make any decisions.” Gundy is expecting to have more information and be able to make a decision around noon on Wednesday.

Blackmon leads the Bowl Subdivision with 158.9 receiving yards per game. He has 62 catches for 1,112 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks reportedly flagrantly violated NBA rules on pre-draft workouts

10.27.10 at 7:52 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.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ According to a Yahoo! Sports report by Adrian Wojnarowski that includes admissions from a number of players, a Knicks representative has routinely flaunted NBA rules regarding workouts of college players the past four seasons. East Coast scout Rodney Heard, who was hired by former team president Isiah Thomas, allegedly conducted illegal workouts for a number of prospective draft picks ‘€” including one for then-Kansas star Brandon Rush in 2007 in which Rush suffered a major knee injury. Another player who is said to have participated is Wilson Chandler, whom the Knicks selected 23rd overall in 2007 after allegedly making a promise to agent Chris Luchey. Luchey represents several of the accused players and is said to be close to Heard, further complicating the situation. An NBA spokesman said the league will be investigating.

‘™¦ The Broncos are struggling and are coming off a 59-14 embarrassment vs. the rival Raiders that has put coach Josh McDaniels in the hot seat. In The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla writes that rookie quarterback Tim Tebow might be the only one who can save McDaniels’ job.

‘™¦ With the Rangers and Giants starting the World Series on Wednesday night, Thomas Boswell in The Washington Post writes that this offers hope for mid-budget franchises.

‘™¦ Cliff Lee‘s wife says she was harassed at Yankee Stadium, but the soon-to-be free agent standout indicated he won’t hold the behavior of “two, three or four people acting like fools” against the entire city.

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Cliff Lee: Unruly Yankees fans won’t affect free agent decision

10.27.10 at 12:03 am ET
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Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee, speaking to reporters on the eve of Game 1 of the World Series, said that the boorish behavior of fans at Yankee Stadium that troubled his wife, Kristin, will not affect his coming decision about where to play. Lee, who is 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA in eight career postseason starts, will be a free agent following the World Series.

Kristin Lee told USA Today that Yankee Stadium fans “did not do good things in my heart” while shouting obscenities and throwing objects in the stands during the American League Championship Series, in which Lee’s Rangers vanquished the Yankees in six games.

But Cliff Lee, as reported by The Associated Press, did not feel that the issue would influence where he will play. From the article:

“I brush that off as fans being fans. You can’t control 50,000 people and what they’re going to do,” Lee said Tuesday, the day before pitching Game 1 of the World Series for Texas. “There were some people that were spitting off the balcony on the family section and things like that, and that’s kind of weak, but what can you do?”

The Yankees are expected to be one of the bidders for Lee when he is eligible to be a free agent after the World Series.

When asked, Lee said what happened last week during the ALCS wouldn’t have any impact on his offseason decision.

“No, I don’t know the guy that did it. It could be anyone. Who knows? Who cares?,” Lee said. “They’re at home right now.”

Lee’s wife, Kristen, was sitting with other Rangers family and friends in the visiting family section at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs.

“Some people get a little alcohol in them and act inappropriate,” Cliff Lee said. “There’s so many people there you can’t control them all. I know it’s been made into a big deal, but that’s really all it is, just two or three or four people just acting like fools, and 50,000, you can’t group them all together. But there’s always going to be a couple goofballs in the crowd that think they have a right to do that stuff.”

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Mets to hire Sandy Alderson as GM

10.26.10 at 11:57 pm ET
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According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets are set to hire Sandy Alderson as their general manager. Alderson was in charge of the Athletics from 1983-97, building Oakland into a powerhouse that reached the World Series in three consecutive seasons from 1988-90. Since leaving his post with Oakland, Alderson has had two separate stints in the MLB commissioner’s office and he also served as CEO/president of the Padres from 2005-09.

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Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones out for the year

10.26.10 at 6:05 pm ET
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Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been placed on the injured reserve list Tuesday after sustaining a herniated disk in his neck Sunday. Jones had been having a successful comeback as a nickel back for the Bengals including a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons.

The fourth year player has had a troubled past including not playing for two entire years, but this will be the first time Jones has missed signficant time due to an injury. In five games this season, Jones had 14 combined tackles, one interception, two recovered fumbles and a touchdown.

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Cleveland radio station hires witch doctor to put a curse on LeBron James

10.26.10 at 5:35 pm ET
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As LeBron James gets ready to begin a new season while representing a new city, radio hosts in his old town — his hometown — are making every effort to curse his career. Literally.

A witch doctor was summoned by the hosts of “Rover’s Morning Glory” on WMMS-FM in Cleveland to put a hex on James, who left Cleveland in the offseason to sign with the Heat. Bones, blood and a James jersey went into the witch doctor’s effort.

Cleveland fans will get their first chance to see if the hex is working on Tuesday night when the Heat tip off against the Celtics.

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Reggie Bush looks to make return against Steelers Sunday

10.26.10 at 5:24 pm ET
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Saints running back Reggie Bush is optimistic that he can practice this week and play Sunday night against the Steelers. Bush has been out of action since Week 2 when he fractured his right fibula in a win against the 49ers.

“I expect to go out there and see what I can do,” Bush said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t know if I can practice, if I’m going to be 100 percent. I’m just going to go out there and give it my best shot. I feel good, but I haven’t gone out there.”

The former Heisman Trophy winner has been told by doctors that he is fit enough to test the leg out at full speed. He was injured when he muffed a punt in the 4th quarter against the 49ers, after several players jumped on him as he recovered the ball.

“It’s going to be wait and see this week,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “We’re optimistic, yet we’re guarded. I think we just have to pay attention to how this work week goes.”

In Bush’s absence the Saints have struggled, going just 2-3 after starting the season 2-0. The Saints have been playing with a makeshift backfield after Bush’s injury, and an injury to Pierre Thomas in Week 3. New Orleans’ has relied on Christopher Ivory and Ladell Betts in Bush’s stead and rank 25th in the NFL in rushing yards with 92.6 yards per game.

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Did Yankee fans alienate Cliff Lee’s wife?

10.26.10 at 3:15 pm ET
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Rangers starter Cliff Lee, who will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday, is widely expected to be the subject of an offseason bidding war between Texas and the Yankees. But, USA Today notes, fans at Yankee Stadium appear to have left an unfavorable impression on Lee’s wife, Kristen.

According to the story:

Perhaps the Rangers’ greatest sales pitch simply was having Kristen sit in the visiting family section at Yankee Stadium during the playoffs. She says there were ugly taunts. Obscenities. Cups of beer thrown. Even fans spitting from the section above.

“The fans did not do good things in my heart,” Kristen says. “When people are staring at you, and saying horrible things, it’s hard not to take it personal.”

Meanwhile, the same story goes on to detail, the Lees value the proximity of the Rangers to their offseason home in Little Rock, Ark. The flight from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Little Rock is short and convenient, something that the Lees have appreciated since the pitcher was traded to the Rangers this summer. As the article notes:

“That’s the greatest thing, being so close to home,” says Kristen, who says she is superstitious and refuses to answer her phone when Lee pitches. “Cliff can fit in anywhere, but it makes my life a lot easier. We’ve never had a short commute before. Having a direct flight from Little Rock is great.”

In eight postseason starts over the last two years, Lee is 7-0 with a 1.26 ERA and a 67-7 strikeout-to-walk rate. He is expected to receive nine-figure offers this winter.

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