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Monday’s Morning Mashup

05.17.10 at 7:43 am ET

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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN/ESPN, WEEI)


‘™¦ Andy Martino at the New York Daily News has Mets left fielder Jason Bay talking about his recent resurgence. The former Red Sox slugger has a 10-game hitting streak and has upped his average from .238 to .277 during that time. “I feel a lot better than I did, but I still don’t feel like I’m in a really good spot,” Bay said. However, the Mets still are struggling — in last place in the NL East — and Mike Vaccaro in the New York Post is calling for the team to fire manager Jerry Manuel.

‘™¦ Dave Sheinin in The Washington Post has an interesting piece about Bryce Harper, the baseball phenom who is the likely No. 1 pick in next month’s draft despite taking some heat for an alleged attitude problem.

‘™¦ With the Lakers set to start the Western Conference finals against the Suns Monday night, reporters brought up accusations that Kobe Bryant tanked the second half of the teams’ Game 7 battle in the 2006 playoffs. Said Bryant: “People who say that are stupid. That’s just stupid.” Bill Plaschke in The Los Angeles Times has the story.

‘™¦ Jim Henry at AOL FanHouse writes about the University of Virginia women’s lacrosse team winning its NCAA tournament opener and paying tribute to deceased teammate Yeardley Love, allegedly killed by a member of the UVa men’s team. Anna Katerine Clemmons at writes about the men winning big Saturday night and also honoring Love.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 17, 1971, the Red Sox signed which free agent pitcher who had been released by the two teams in the previous 47 days but stuck with the Sox for most of the decade?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I honestly say we lost ourselves [during the regular season]. I think we’ve found ourselves again.” ‘€” Celtics coach Doc Rivers, after the Celtics beat the Magic on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals

STAT OF THE DAY: 44 ‘€” Days since the Magic had lost a game before Sunday, as they won the final six games of the regular season and swept the opening two rounds of the playoffs

‘NET RESULTS: Check out this goal from potential Bruins draft pick Taylor Hall in Canada’s Memorial Cup playoffs.

Cleveland’s finest got together for a “Please stay, LeBron” song modeled after “We Are The World.”

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Phoenix reporters have some fun with with the Suns, having a couple of them attempt to hit shots while wearing an eye patch in order to see what Steve Nash went through in Game 4 vs. the Spurs.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Tiant, who was cut by the Twins on March 31, signed with the Braves on April 16, and was let go by Atlanta on May 15

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Blues musician Taj Mahal is 68 today.