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Friday’s Morning Mashup

07.02.10 at 7:00 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (CSNNE)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN, WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

John Paul Morosi at FoxSports.com writes that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa‘s statement supporting Arizona’s controversial immigration law confirms that he is “out of touch” with his players.

Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports writes about the Diamondbacks’ decision to fire general manager Josh Byrnes, a former Red Sox front office star.

Michael Lewis in the The New York Daily News looks at the bickering between the stars on the Dutch soccer team as Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal match with Brazil approaches.

Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie writes that Joe Johnson‘s six-year, $119 million deal with the Hawks is the worst free agent contract ever, as it burdens the team with almost $20 million per season for a player who is “regarded as a second option at best on a great team.”

♦ With Phil Jackson deciding to return to the Lakers bench, Bill Plaschke at The Los Angeles Times anoints the Lakers as favorites to win the 2011 title.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox pitcher, bidding to join Jim Bunning as the only pitchers to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, held the Brewers hitless until there were two outs in the ninth inning, when he gave up a walk and back-to-back homers to George Scott and Bobby Darwin before closing out a 6-3 Red Sox win?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Clearly there’s a divide between Jacoby [Ellsbury] and his people and the trust of the Red Sox medical staff. There’s no doubt about that, I don’t think there’s any secret.” Peter Gammons, during an appearance on The Big Show on Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 — Consecutive extra-innings road victories for the Reds, after Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs in 10 innings

‘NET RESULTS: A legless man climbs the Great Wall of China.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Wise

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tom Springfield of The Springfields is 76 today.

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