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Friday’s Morning Mashup

10.02.09 at 6:16 am ET

Welcome to an updated Friday’€™s Morning Mashup, where we’€™ll get you caught up on what’€™s going on in the sports world and beyond.

Let’s start with the bizarre, as there is a book coming out next week claiming that Red Sox legend Ted Williams’ body was abused at a cryogenics facility in Arizona.

Jon Lester looked strong while testing out his bruised knee, pitching shutout ball for 6-1/3 innings in the Red Sox’ 3-0 win over the Indians at Fenway Park. In his Five Things We Learned, Alex Speier says Lester’s performance provided a big lift for Boston. And in another dose of good news, the Sox are optimistic that Billy Wagner could be able to pitch on back-to-back days. However, Nick Green still is struggling with his leg injury.

Speier also has a look at how Jason Bay has proven himself and examines how Daisuke Matsuzaka has worked his way back into the fold.

Dan Guttenplan looks ahead to a Red Sox-Yankees ALCS.

Curt Schilling lists ways you can help Samoans who have been devastated by a massive earthquake.

When the Cardinals and Reds met up Wednesday night in Cincinnati, it was a battle of former Red Sox pitchers.  John Smoltz did not fare so well in St. Louis’ 6-1 loss, and he blamed his uncharacteristic lack of control on the baseballs not being rubbed down with mud as they normally are before the game. But Bronson Arroyo had no such problems, which led to accusations from the Cards that Arroyo was putting pine tar on the ball. A closeup of the bill of Arroyo’s hat does show a black mark, but it’s hardly conclusive, and Arroyo denies the claim.

Meanwhile, there’s a video that shows Justin Mauer apparently stealing signs from second base and tipping off  teammate Jason Kubel in a game against the Tigers. Hard to understand why this is such a big deal, but you can watch it here so you’re up to date on all the silly baseball non-controversies.

The Bruins opened their season with a 4-1 loss to Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals last night at the TD Garden. Joe Haggerty examines the Bruins’ sloppy start. Mike Petraglia has the audio interviews from last night.

Veteran forward Brendan Shanahan left the New Jersey Devils after he found out he wasn’t on one of the top three lines.

Christopher Price has Five Things to Watch For on Sunday afternoon when the Patriots host the Ravens. Price also checks in with 6-foot-8, 355-pound behemoth Terdell Sands, who will help plug a hole on the Patriots defensive line. Joe Zarbano provides audio from the Ravens.

DJ Bean steps into our fantasy football spot and offers a look at matchups you can’t pass up.

On Wednesday, it was reported that Michael Vick had signed a sponsorship deal with Nike. Yesterday. Nike said it only was providing footwear to the Eagles quarterback, and that there is no sponsorship.

Delonte West reported to Cavaliers training camp.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 2, 1949, the Red Sox lost the American League pennant on the final day of the season, one year after bowing out in a one-game playoff vs. the Indians. Who was the Red Sox manager who presided over both teams in his 2-1/2-year stint as Sox bench boss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This will not be the team that you’€™re going to see night after night this year. That much I can guarantee you.” ‘€” Bruins coach Claude Julien, after last night’s loss to Washington

‘NET RESULTS: To get you ready for the Patriots’ matchup Sunday against the Ravens and their dominating defense, here’s Ed Reed’s NFL-record 108-yard interception return last season against the Eagles.

Here’s Reed playing for the University of Miami and breaking Boston College hearts in 2001. The Eagles were 9 yards away from the go-ahead touchdown in the game’s final minute when Reed took the ball the other way to clinch the win and keep the top-ranked Hurricanes undefeated.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Joe McCarthy, who is more well known for his time managing the Yankees from 1931-46

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Today is Don McLean’s 64th birthday. Rather than going with the old standard  “American Pie,” here’s the mellow “Vincent,” the singer’s haunting homage to Vincent van Gogh. “They would not listen, they’re not listening still. Perhaps they never will.”