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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon wants umpire demoted to Triple-A

06.05.12 at 7:53 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Celtics at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WRKO)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 p.m. (WGN)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took the loss Monday night after surrendering a single to Elian Herrera that scored the winning run for the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning. Papelbon thought he struck out Herrera the pitch before, and he shared his thoughts about home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after the 4-3 loss.

“I thought he was terrible all day,” Papelbon said.

Papelbon talked to Reyburn after the inning.

“I wanted to know If he could throw me out for what I was thinking,” the former Red Sox closer said. “And if he could, then I thought he sucked. It’s that simple.”

After suggesting that Reyburn should be demoted to Triple-A, Papelbon insisted: “That’s not a knock on him. That’s not a knock on the umpires. You’re up in the big leagues for a reason — to do a good job. When you don’t do a good job, you should be demoted or fired. … There’s no room for that up here.”

♦ Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he won’t be distracted by last season’s Super Bowl championship as the team begins working toward a new season.

“It really shouldn’t change things in your preparation,” Manning said. “The only difference is you have a night when you go get your Super Bowl ring and a day when you get to go to the White House and visit the president. Other than that, everything should be the same.”

♦ Former Mets general manager Jim Duquette and his daughter Lindsey had a combined nine hours of surgery Monday so that his right kidney could be transplanted into her abdomen to help her deal with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis.

“The kidney’s working great and Lindsey is good, recovering in the pediatric intensive care unit,” Pam Duquette, Jim’s wife and Lindsey’s mother, said Monday night. “She’s in and out, and in lots of pain, [but] they were very successful surgeries.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 5, 1989, the Red Sox had a productive draft, selecting which two players who would go on to win MVP awards — one in the American League and one in the National League?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We never thought we’re supposed to wait our turn. Coach always emphasizes that with every opportunity that you step on the floor. It’s a great opportunity to get better. To get to our dream.” – Thunder star Kevin Durant, after leading his team to a 108-103 win over the Spurs on Monday and within a game of the NBA finals

STAT OF THE DAY: 15-2 – The Kings’ record in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, following Monday’s 4-0 victory over the Devils that put them one game from their first-ever title

‘NET RESULTS: White Sox draft pick Courtney Hawkins celebrates his selection with a backflip.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mo Vaughn (1995 AL MVP with the Red Sox) and Jeff Bagwell (1994 NL MVP with the Astros)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Pete Wentz, bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, turns 33 Tuesday. He’s the one in the black shirt.

Read More: D.J. Reyburn, Eli Manning, Jim Duquette, Jonathan Papelbon