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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Papelbon says Red Sox promoted controversial drug Toradol, but not PEDs

02.11.13 at 7:58 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Bobcats, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Spurs at Bulls, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: Marquette at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Old Dominion at Delaware, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: TCU at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kansas State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College hockey: Beanpot final, Boston College vs. Northeastern, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Closer Jonathan Papelbon said the Red Sox promoted regular use of the controversial drug Toradol, which his current team, the Phillies, does not use. (AP)

♦ Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon told ESPN that he was regularly injected with Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory drug, during his time in Boston. Papelbon said his current team, the Phillies, told him he no longer would use the non-steroidal drug when he signed as a free agent after the 2011 season.

“They told me, ‘We don’t do that here. That kind of surprised me,” Papelbon said. “I haven’t had a single Toradol shot since.

“But here’s the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It’s not just the Red Sox.”

The drug was the subject of some discussion last year when Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was hospitalized with esophagitis, said to be a side effect of Toradol. In December 2011, some retired NFL players filed a lawsuit accusing the league of indiscriminately administering the drug before and during games.

Following Curt Schilling‘s accusation that a member of the Sox’ medical staff recommended he consider performance-enhancing drugs, Papelbon said he did not have a similar experience.

“No, no, no — never,” Papelbon said. “I think that would be pretty asinine for any team doctor or trainer to say that don’t you?”

♦ An autobiography from former Mets catcher Mike Piazza reveals details about his feud with pitcher Roger Clemens, who beaned Piazza with a 98 mph fastball in 2000. Piazza said he refused an apology from Clemens and took karate lessons to prepare for another altercation, which occurred in the 2000 World Series when Clemens threw a piece of a broken bat at Piazza. However, only words were exchanged.

“There were complications,” Piazza explained. “The least of them was the realization that Clemens was a big guy, and I stood a pretty fair chance of getting my ass kicked in front of Yankee Stadium and the world. That was a legitimate concern.”

Piazza regrets his failure to act in that situation.

“It was not only possible but — circumstances be damned — it was in order.” Piazza said. “It was the story of the Series. I couldn’t deliver a punch.”

Also in the book, Piazza denies rumors that he took illegal steroids, although he admits to using muscle-building supplements and stimulants.

♦ Rapper Lil Wayne claims he was kicked out of Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game in Miami because he was cheering for the visiting team.

Tweeted the rapper:

So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow [expletive] da Heat.

Wayne previously made news during the 2012 Western Conference finals when he complained he was “denied by the team to be in their arena” in Oklahoma City to see the Thunder play the Spurs in Game 3. However, a Thunder spokesman explained that Wayne demanded a front-row seat but was told there were none available.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Feb. 11, 1973, which 35-year-old rookie goalie recorded his first NHL shutout in the Bruins’ 2-0 victory over the visiting Kings?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That’s what great players do. I would love to tell you I had something to do with it. I was sitting just like the fans saying, ‘Please, Lord, Paul make a shot.’ ” – Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on Paul Pierce‘s 3-pointer at the end of the second overtime that tied Sunday’s game against the Nuggets and allowed the C’s to pull out the win in three OTs

STAT OF THE DAY: 17 – Points for the Bruins through 10 games, following Sunday’s 3-1 victory over the Sabres, giving the B’s their best 10-game start ever

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Saturday’s college basketball action, Michigan and Wisconsin trade 3-pointers in the final three seconds of regulation, with the Badgers forcing overtime on a halfcourt heave. Wisconsin went on to win.

A Notre Dame student wins $18,000 for hitting a halfcourt shot.

And a 9-year-old wins $5,000 for shooting a puck from beyond center ice through a small hole in a board in front of the net.

The live mascot for the minor league hockey Bakersfield (Calif.) Condors escapes and gives the players a scare when it flies into the bench.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ross Brooks

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who died in 2007, was born on this day in 1938 in Somerville.

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