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Yankees tell Jorge Posada he will be their designated hitter

11.10.10 at 8:39 am ET
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According to New York Post, the Yankees have told Jorge Posada that he will be their full-time designated hitter for the 2011 season. The reports states that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Posada in Manhattan this week to inform the 39-year-old that Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine will be competing for playing time at the catching position. Posada will have surgery Wednesday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. To read the entire report click here.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Amar’e Stoudemire in tiff with Bucks

11.10.10 at 7:43 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Penguins, 7 p.m. (NESN)


‘™¦ Last week, it was Kevin Garnett who was engaged in some heated discussions with Bucks big man Andrew Bogut. Tuesday night, Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire took his turn. Stoudemire objected to what he felt was an intentional elbow from Bogut during the Bucks’ 107-80 blowout win. After receiving a technical foul for taunting Bogut, Stoudemire took his argument to the Bucks bench, engaging in a back-and-forth with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “I think they might have amped [Bogut] up to play very physical out there,” Stoudemire explained, adding: “It’s a team effort, so I’m going after the whole team.” Stoudemire, perhaps not coincidentally, was the player who gave Bogut a nudge last year on a dunk, causing Bogut to lose his balance and fall, breaking his elbow and wrist.

Here’s video of some of the dust-up.

‘™¦ With the accusations against Auburn quarterback Cam Newton gaining steam, Mike Bianchi in the Orlando Sentinel writes that the Heisman Trophy favorite needs to come out and deny the charges if he’s innocent.

‘™¦ With Derek Jeter winning another Gold Glove on Tuesday and sparking the annual debate about the selection process, John Harper at the New York Daily News writes that it’s time to make changes.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 10, 2002, who turned down the Red Sox‘ general manager job after initially accepting it, paving the way for Theo Epstein to take over and lead the Sox to the 2004 World Series title?

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Report: Auburn’s Cam Newton admitted pay-for-play plan

11.10.10 at 6:31 am ET
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According to an ESPN report, two sources who recruit for Mississippi State said Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and his father admitted in phone conversations to a pay-for-play plan while Newton was being recruited last year.

Another source said the current Heisman Trophy favorite called another recruiter to say that his father, Cecil Newton, chose Auburn for him because “the money was too much.”

Cecil Newton denied comment Tuesday night but told the allegations are a “witch hunt.”

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Free agent Carl Crawford ‘just kind of waiting’

11.09.10 at 10:19 pm ET
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Free agent outfielder Carl Crawford, who on Tuesday became the first American League left fielder since Rickey Henderson in 1981 to win a Gold Glove, told reporters on the conference call to discuss the award that there was little to report in terms of his talks with suitors.

‘€œJust kind of waiting around to see what happens,’€ he told reporters (as relayed by the Tampa Tribune). ‘€œMy agent hasn’€™t told me anything yet, so we’€™re not rushing. We’€™re just kind of sitting back waiting.’€

Crawford is expected to be pursued by several clubs, including the Red Sox and Angels. (Jon Heyman of reported via Twitter that the Sox have expressed interest in Crawford.) While the Yankees feel that their current offensive and defensive outfield alignment offers more than adequate production, it is possible that New York could make a play for Crawford, especially if they fail to land pitcher Cliff Lee.

Crawford hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with a career-high 19 homers and 90 RBI this year.

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Ex-Patriots Wheatley, McKenzie land with new clubs

11.09.10 at 9:40 pm ET
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A pair of ex-Patriots have landed in new destinations.

Cornerback Terrence Wheatley, who was waived on Saturday, was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2008 second-rounder was inactive for six games this season, and started just one game in his Patriots career.

Meanwhile, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, a 2009 third-rounder who was released from the practice squad this weekend, joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Boston Globe reported.

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Report: Six teams inquire on Victor Martinez

11.09.10 at 9:20 pm ET
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According to the Boston Globe, six teams (including the Red Sox) have expressed interest in free agent catcher Victor Martinez. The 31-year-old (who turns 32 next month) is a free agent for the first time in his career. While he said on numerous occasions this season that he would be happy to return to the Red Sox, he also made clear that he was looking for more than the two years that the Sox offered during the season.

Martinez, a four-time All-Star, hit .302/.351/.493/.844 with 20 homers in 2010, despite missing a month due to a broken left thumb. Questions about whether he can remain at catcher for the long-term hover over the kind of contract that he will be offered in free agency.

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Falcons receiver Roddy White says he will play despite injury

11.09.10 at 6:18 pm ET
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Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said Tuesday that he will play Thursday night against the Ravens, despite a knee injury. White sustained a bruised right knee in the second quarter of the Falcons 27-21 win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

He did not practice Monday or Tuesday, but did not show any signs of a limp in the locker room Tuesday. The Falcons leading receiver, left the game twice due to the injury, before finishing out the game with four receptions for 49 yards.

“I came down kind of funny,” White told NFL.Com.  “[The medical staff] did some good things for me, put my brace and just see if I can go. I went out there and didn’t feel much pain, so I kept going.”

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AL Gold Gloves announced: Ichiro, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer head the list

11.09.10 at 5:43 pm ET
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Ichiro Suzuki earned his 10th straight Gold Glove Award, Derek Jeter received his fifth overall, and three new players were rewarded when the awards were announced by Rawlings Tuesday.

Other repeat winners include: Twins catcher Joe Mauer (3rd),  Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (2nd straight, fourth overall), White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle (2nd) and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (2nd).

First-time winners include: free agent outfielder Carl Crawford, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.

With his 10th award, Ichiro is now tied with Ken Griffey Jr., Al Kaline and Torii Hunter for most  Gold Gloves won by an AL outfielder. The only player with more outfield Gold Gloves is Roberto Clemente, with 12.

Jeter earned his second consecutive award at shortstop. Only four shortstops have more Gold Glove awards than Jeter, including Ozzie Smith, Omar Vizquel and Luis Aparacio.

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Donovan McNabb: Speculation he doesn’t know offense ‘hilarious’

11.09.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said that he found it absurd that people thought he did not know the playbook and offense, in his weekly appearance on ESPN980 in Washington, D.C.

“That is hilarious to me. That is really funny to me,” McNabb said. “For everyone who may not have heard any of this, it’s probably a shock to them.”

McNabb was benched at the end of Washington’s Week 8 loss to the Lions. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that the benching was due to a lack of conditioning and lingering hamstring issues.

“It’s over to me, and I just look to move on,” McNabb said in trying to downplay the situation.

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NHL GMs reject coaches challenge proposal on goal calls

11.09.10 at 5:40 pm ET
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NHL head coaches won’t get to throw the red flag anytime soon. NHL GMs rejected a proposal Tuesday to give coaches the ability to challenge calls involving goal calls. Panthers GM Dale Tallon proposed the item, after his team lost a game earlier this season to the Maple Leafs on a blatant, missed, goaltender interference call.

Other items for discussion at the GM Meetings included the league’s new rule on hits to the head, which the GMs were happy with at this point.

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