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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

10.01.09 at 5:54 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

One night after clinching the wild card, the Red Sox gave most of their starters the day off. With Roy Halladay on the hill for Toronto, it wasn’t a big surprise that hits were hard to come by in a 12-0 shellacking. I’m sure the fans at Fenway were thrilled when they saw that the Sox were fielding a spring training lineup, but at least they got to see catcher Dusty Brown pitch an inning.

In his Five Things We Learned, Alex Speier says to forget about the embarrassing end of the regular season, because it won’t matter once the playoffs start. Speier also has a piece on Halladay plunking David Ortiz to get some revenge for the previous night. Mike Petraglia discusses Halladay’s interesting season and upcoming offseason.

The Boston Globe sent a food critic to review Big Papi’s Grille in Framingham, and the reviewer says the place is about as impressive as Ortiz’ three-strikeout performance last night. She did like the Big Papi En Fuego hot sauce, though.

The Indians, who are at Fenway to close out the season with a four-game series that starts tonight, fired manager Eric Wedge, which leads to more speculation about Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.

Elsewhere in MLB, the Tigers held off the Twins and can clinch the AL Central today, the Phillies celebrated their third straight NL East crown and the Rockies closed in on the NL wild card.

On to football: Chris Price notes that the Patriots offensive line has done a great job protecting Tom Brady from being sacked.

Kirk Minihane checks in with his mailbag and talks about the accusations that Randy Moss has been dogging it.

Nike signed Michael Vick to an endorsement deal, and the struggling Browns demoted quarterback Brady Quinn and reinstated Derek Anderson as the starter.

Over at Boston College, standout linebacker Mark Herzlich made an appearance and announced that he is “99 percent cancer free.”

The Bruins open the season tonight at the TD Garden against the Washington Capitals. Joe Haggerty says the rest of the NHL is gunning for the Bruins. B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli, appearing on the Dale & Holley show yesterday afternoon, continued to insist Phil Kessel forced his way out of town.

Mats Sundin announced his retirement after nearly two decades in the NHL. A bankruptcy judge rejected two bids (one from the league) to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.

The NBA banned players from using Twitter during games.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 1, 1978, the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays while the Yankees lost to the Indians, forcing a one-game playoff for the American League East title. Lost amid the Red Sox’ historic collapse that season (blowing a 14-1/2-game lead) is the fact that Boston made an impressive season-ending charge to come back from a 3-1/2-game deficit with two weeks left. How many games in a row did the Sox win to close out the regular season?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I don’€™t know what they’€™re thinking there. If it had been any other pitcher besides [Roy Halladay], they’€™d get tossed. I think it’€™s a little bush league, but it’€™s the way it is,” ‘€” Red Sox reliever Billy Wagner, on the Jays plunking David Ortiz to get retaliation for the night before

‘NET RESULTS: You have to feel for the kid who makes a stunning mistake to cost his team the win in this clip of highlights from a Vermont high school football game. It’s gone national already, including an appearance on Sports Illustrated’s website.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: The Red Sox won their final eight games (and 12 of the last 14) to catch the Yankees and force the playoff.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: John “Bootsie” Wilson died last week at the age of 69. He was the last surviving member of the Silhouettes, although he didn’t join the group until 1961, three years after their biggest hit: “Get a Job.”