Welcome to Wednesday’s wild card edition of the Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.
The Red Sox dropped an 8-7 thriller to the Blue Jays despite an impressive comeback, but the Rangers cooperated by again losing to the Angels, handing Boston the wild card. In his Five Things We Learned, Alex Speier says the Sox, who held a private, late-night celebration in the locker room, offer no apologies for the way they advanced to the postseason.
The Sox announced their minor league award-winners, led by Pitcher of the Year Casey Kelly and Offensive Player of the Year Ryan Kalish.
In baseball’s only close pennant race, the Tigers came back to earn a split of yesterday’s doubleheader with the Twins and keep their AL Central lead at two games.
Dan Guttenplan presents his Baseball All-Stink Team.
Chris Price drops in with an international Patriots mailbag. Kerry Byrne says Patriots fans should have been more pleased with Sunday’s win, especially considering what expectations should be for this team.
Former (and future?) Patriot Junior Seau suffered only minor injuries after being run over by a bull (video below). More information was revealed concerning the situation involving cornerback Jonathan Wilhite, who apparently strained his groin running from two suspicious people at his house and had to miss Sunday’s game.
In college football news, USC running back Stafon Johnson is recovering from his weightlifting accident that crushed his neck and larynx and will cost him the rest of the season.
Joe Haggerty has Part 1 of his Bruins season preview. This article focuses on the forwards. Dan Rowinski puts the spotlight on Marco Sturm, who is back after sitting out most of last season with a knee injury.
There are no problems in the Bruins locker room regarding union issues, says player rep Andrew Ference, responding to a report that indicated otherwise.
In the NBA, troubled guard Delonte West missed the Cavaliers’ first day of practice, with Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry saying the former Celtic is addressing a personal matter.
In college basketball news, Jim Calhoun reportedly is discussing a new contract with UConn.
Dan Guttenplan offers a Most Wanted List, led by Patriots running back Laurence Maroney.
HISTORIVIA: On Sept. 30, 1969, this player singled for the 55th pinch hit of his Red Sox career, a team record. Who is he?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You play an entire season, spring training included, to get to this point. One night, you get to throw champagne around and have a little bit of fun. I think that everyone is entitled to that.” — Outfielder Jason Bay on last night’s Red Sox celebration
‘NET RESULTS: Here’s Junior Seau losing his battle with a bull.
HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Dalton Jones
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Josh Beckett blamed his bad back in part on “crappy beds” on the road. Maybe he should look into a bed like the one in this video. It had to be comfortable, considering how long John and Yoko were in it.