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Monday’s Morning Mashup

06.28.10 at 6:34 am ET

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‘™¦ After two days of ignoring the Dodgers manager, Alex Rodriguez decided to try to make things better with Joe Torre, so he approached the former Yankees skipper before Sunday night’s game in Los Angeles and shared a brief conversation. Said A-Rod: “I thought it was important for me to go over there. I thought it was the mature thing to do. I felt in my heart it was important to not let things linger, to build on what I’ve tried to build here the last two years.” Responded Torre: “I was glad we got a chance to shake hands.”

‘™¦ Tony Fabrizio in The Tampa Tribune recounts the dugout blowup between Rays teammates Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton, who coasted after a ball hit to the wall and then took exception to Longoria’s criticism.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Tribune, David Haugh takes the Cubs to task for not being in touch with pitcher Carlos Zambrano after suspending the big righty for his tirade in the dugout Friday.

‘™¦ Another bad call by an umpire stung the Detroit Tigers, this time costing them a game when Gary Cederstrom called out Johnny Damon on a ball well out of the strike zone. Had he ruled it a ball, Damon would have walked and forced in the tying run vs. the Braves. Chris McCosky in The Detroit News has the reaction from the Tigers and the ump, who admitted his mistake.

‘™¦ At Yahoo! Sports, Brooks Peck blames coach Bob Bradley for the United States’ exit from the World Cup, and Ryan Bailey writes that instant replay is needed to correct the missed calls that keep occurring. Brian Straus at AOL FanHouse has four reasons for the Americans’ loss to Ghana on Saturday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 28, 1976, which Red Sox rookie, making his Fenway Park debut, hit an inside-the-park home run and a double in a 12-8 victory over the Orioles?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s incredible. We played with five referees and they can’t decide if it’s a goal or no goal. The game was different after this goal.” ‘€” England coach Fabio Capello, after Sunday’s loss to Germany in which an England goal was incorrectly disallowed

STAT OF THE DAY: 506 ‘€” Career home runs allowed by Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer, a new major league record


An Argentinian soccer player punches the camera after bumping into it during his celebration Sunday.

England’s Prince Harry throws out the first pitch before Saturday’s Mets game.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dave Knights, former bass guitarist for Procol Harum, is 65 today.