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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup

09.29.09 at 7:35 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

The Red Sox lost a rain-shortened game to the Blue Jays last night, 11-5, but the Rangers lost to the Angels, so the magic number is down to 1. Rob Bradford, in his Five Things We Learned, wonders if we should be worried about recent developments at Fenway and examines the injury situation in detail.

Patriots: Steve DeOssie has his report card, and he’s impressed with the New England defense. Chris Price has a feature on Fred Taylor, who is the go-to guy in the New England backfield. Price also introduces us to safety Brandon McGowan. The Pats made a move yesterday, signing defensive tackle Terdell Sands and releasing recently acquired Prescott Burgess.

Down in Miami, quarterback Chad Pennington was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder and may miss the rest of the Dolphins’ season. WEEI’s Joe Zarbano has his weekly NFL power rankings.

The Celtics had their media day yesterday in Waltham, before heading to training camp in Newport, R.I. Doc Rivers hinted that he would be careful not to overwork his team, especially with players such as Kevin Garnett returning from injuries. Garnett, however, said he was going “full blast.”

The Bruins also had their media day yesterday at the TD Garden. David Krejci is expected to play in Thursday’s opener vs. Washington. The team announced that there will be a ceremony to honor the late Fred Cusick between periods of Saturday’s game.

In soccer news, Revolution captain Steve Ralston is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

HISTORIVIA: On Sept. 29, 1968, the Red Sox ended the season with a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Despite going 0-for-5, Carl Yastrzemski won the American League batting title with an average of .301. The Red Sox also had the league’s RBI leader. Who was it?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just like to have fun. That’s the whole thing, you let loose because you go through so much throughout the season, so many ups and downs, the stress, and travel, to accomplish something, so when you do, it’s no holds barred.” — Jonathan Papelbon, talking about the Red Sox’ impending celebration for clinching a playoff spot

‘NET RESULTS: I wanted to post a video from the ESPN reality basketball show “Knight School” showing Dustin Richardson, who made his Red Sox debut last night. But when I searched for “Knight School” video, all I found was this.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Ken “Hawk” Harrelson had a league-leading 109 RBI in his only full season with the Red Sox.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: If you’re going to have a holiday lighting set-up this elaborate, you’d better start now.

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