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WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY TUESDAY:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The discussion about the safety of catchers continues to be a hot-button topic in the wake of Giants backstop Buster Posey suffering a season-ending injury in a collision with Marlins baserunner Scott Cousins last week. On Monday, former major league catcher Mike Matheny weighed in, criticizing Cousins for unnecessarily targeting Posey.
“[Cousins] could have gone straight, let alone go around and sweep the plate,” said Matheny, now a TV analyst on Cardinals broadcasts. “It wasn’t a dirty play. He didn’t come [in with] high spikes. He didn’t come [in with a] high elbow. But it was an unnecessary play.
“I love the play at the plate. I loved it as a catcher. But when guys go out of their way to get you, I’m not a big fan of it.”
♦ Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigned Monday after allegations continued to surface about improper behavior by players under his watch. At Sports Illustrated, George Dohrmann and David Epstein did some investigating and uncovered what the magazine calls an “eight-year pattern of violations.”
♦ Real Clear Sports looks at the top 10 most unusual jobs for locked-out NFL players. No. 1 is Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko interning as an investment banker for a Philadelphia firm.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 31, 1980, which Red Sox rookie tied an American League record by hitting a home run in his first two games?