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Friday’s Morning Mashup

10.30.09 at 6:15 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup, where we’ll get you caught up on what’s going on in the sports world and beyond.

Before we get to the links, here’s a reminder that there will be football (futbol) at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon, as the Revolution host the Chicago Fire in the opening game of the MLS playoffs. Tickets are still available.

BASEBALL: The Yankees beat Pedro Martinez and the Phillies, 3-1, in Game 2 of the World Series. Dan Guttenplan is impressed by Pedro’s performance but not surprised, as he predicted the stat line quite accurately (at the bottom of his NFL picks Wednesday). Curt Schilling talked to the Big Show about the World Series ad Pedro.

Derek Jeter was given the Roberto Clemente Award for on- and off-field excellence.

After some confusion and a Major League Baseball ruling, the Red Sox retained the rights to Reynaldo Rodriguez, a first baseman they acquired from the Yuma Scorpions of the independent Golden Baseball League earlier this month. Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay checked in for a chat on WEEI.com yesterday.

FOOTBALL: Wes Welker has become the ultimate security blanket for the Patriots. Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Green Bay is eagerly awaiting Brett Favre’s return Sunday. Browns fans are preparing a protest for a Nov. 16 game.

In New Orleans, former Patriots fullback Heath Evans is done for the season with a torn right knee ligament, and another former Patriot, Kyle Eckel, has been signed as his replacement. Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu had his season ended during surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. The Titans are switching to Vince Young at quarterback.

Dan Guttenplan presents his Week 8 NFL picks. D.J. Bean has his fantasy football can’t-pass-up matchups.

North Carolina knocked off No. 14 Virginia Tech on a field goal with no time left. Boston College is preparing for Central Michigan and talented quarterback Dan LeFevour.

BASKETBALL: The deadline for the Celtics to sign Rajon Rondo was moved to Monday. Michael Holley debuted his NBA power rankings and put the Lakers ahead of the Celtics. Doc Rivers appeared on Dennis & Callahan yesterday and talked about the Celtics’ early success and Glen Davis‘ woes.

The NBA says it will investigate the allegations made by rogue referee Tim Donaghy.

Kansas is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason Top 25. Bob Knight will not attend his induction into the Indiana University Hall of Fame.

HOCKEY: The Bruins lost to the Devils, 2-1, on a goal with 1:26 remaining. Joe Haggerty has Three Things We Learned from the loss.

WEEI.com’s latest NHL power rankings are out, and the Bruins land at No. 17.

NHL scoring champion Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins will miss 2-3 weeks with a strained right shoulder.

HISTORIVIA: On Oct. 30, 1980, the NBA announced its 35th Anniversary All-Time Team. Red Auerbach was named the greatest coach, and three Celtics players were on the 11-man team. Who were the players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I know they really want to root for me. It’s just that I don’t play for the Yankees, that’s all. They love the fact that I compete. I’m a New Yorker, as well. If I was on the Yankees, I’d probably be like a king over here.” ‘€” Pedro Martinez, after pitching six innings in Game 2 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium

STAT OF THE DAY: 14 percent ‘€” The Bruins’ performance on the power play this season (6-for-42)

AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: On yesterday’s Dennis & Callahan show, Doc Rivers was asked if Wednesday night’s blowout win was useful. He got all political in his response, at least according to our automatically generated transcript:

“Apparently some sort mobile solutions didn’t who didn’t look so much. How little Americans — work or and so. And Obama didn’t want to social work most of the — set out. They’re running out by the principally blue moon did obviously.”

His actual response:

“It’€™s always useful this early in the season. We have a lot of things to work on. They didn’€™t play well, Charlotte, especially in the first half. It’€™s funny, I thought defensively we were really good, obviously.”

‘NET RESULTS: In honor of Halloween, here’s a mummy throwing out the first pitch/body part at a Dodgers game.

HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Bob Cousy, John Havlicek and Bill Russell, who was named the greatest player of all-time.

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Otis Williams of the Temptations is 68 today. That’s Otis at the 1:32 mark singing his one line in this song.