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Thursday’s Morning Mashup

06.03.10 at 8:39 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
NBA finals: Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m. (ABC, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ The day’s top story is the blown call by umpire Jim Joyce in Wednesday night’s Tigers-Indians game, costing pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. In The Detroit News, Bob Wojnowski writes about the stunningly bad call and the professionalism with which Galarraga handled the situation. Paul Hoynes in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer looks at it from an Indians perspective. John Paul Morosi at FoxSports.com writes that commissioner Bud Selig should step in and overrule the call. Ben Reiter at SI.com writes that Joyce cemented his place in MLB infamy. John Harper at the New York Daily News writes that the calls for instant replay are sure to come.

♦ Steve Kelley in The Seattle Times writes about Ken Griffey Jr. announcing his retirement. Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci pays tribute to Griffey’s career.

♦ Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo!Sports.com writes that LeBron James is shamefully trying to upstage the NBA finals with his free agency publicity tour.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 3, 1964, in a 9-8 loss to the Angels at Dodger Stadium, which Red Sox player became the youngest major leaguer to hit a grand slam?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I know I threw a perfect game. Not in the [record] book, but with my kids, I will show them the CD and tell them, ‘This is my perfect game.’ You don’t know what to feel — angry, nervous, happy?” — Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, after his perfect game was nullified by a blown call with two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: 630 — Career home runs for Ken Griffey Jr., who retired Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: Congo soccer players attack the referee after a red card.

Finnish soccer goalie scores goal on other goalie.

Don Cherry goes all “Phantom of the Opera” on us for Hockey Night in Canada’s opening segment before Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tony Conigliaro, a fifth-inning shot off Dan Osinski

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Suzi Quatro is 60 today.