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Monday’s Morning Mashup: David Price, Rays engage in battle with umpire Tom Hallion

04.29.13 at 7:59 am ET
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MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Nets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Hawks, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA playoffs: Thunder at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Draft lottery, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Nationals at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Rays ace David Price and his teammates are in a dispute with umpire Tom Hallion following an incident in Sunday’s game. Price, who picked up the win in an 8-3 victory over the White Sox in Chicago, took a step toward the dugout after thinking he struck out Dewayne Wise to end the seventh inning. Hallion thought otherwise, and even though Price didn’t say anything, Hallion had some words for the pitcher.

Price and the Rays were offended because, they say, Hallion told Price to “throw the ball over the [expletive] plate.”

“I didn’t say a single word or look at him. He yells at me,” Price said, adding: “My own dad doesn’t speak to me that way.”

Hallion denied swearing.

“I’ll come right out bluntly and say he’s a liar,” Hallion told a pool reporter after the game. “I said, ‘Just throw the ball.’ That’s all I said to him.”

Normally mild-mannered Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson, who was standing at the front of the dugout with teammate Matt Moore, was ejected after exchanging words with Hallion.

Tweeted Price afterward: 1. I am not a liar 2. I would not make that stuff up 3. My own dad doesn’t speak to me that way 4. Again I am not a liar #accountability.

Tweeted Hellickson: There’s only one person lying about all this and his name starts with T and rhymes with pom.

‘™¦ Thunder fans are not happy with Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, as Beverley is being blamed for All-Star guard Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending knee injury. Beverley, aggressively going for a steal while Westbrook was calling a timeout during Game 2, collided with Westbrook’s knee, leaving Westbrook angry and injured.

Thunder ball boy Mitchell Brown took his anger a little too far, as he was investigated by police after he vented his frustration on Twitter, twice writing at Beverley: I’m coming to kill you.

Brown, an Oklahoma City high school student, later apologized and then claimed he was hacked. The tweets were deleted.

The Thunder released a statement saying they did not condone the comments, adding: “He works game nights on a voluntary basis and the matter will be handled internally.”

For his part, Beverley didn’t seem concerned.

“It’s pretty funny to me, especially coming from a ball boy,” Beverley said Sunday. “He’s probably one of those Oklahoma people, born and raised in Oklahoma, and you see your star player go down [and] feel like it’s part of the family, especially if you’re a ball boy. No harm taken from him. If I see him the next game, I’ll dap him up. I don’t hold grudges at all.”

‘™¦ Tim Taylor, who won a school-record 337 games during 28 years as hockey coach at Yale until 2006, died Saturday, two weeks after Yale won its first national championship. He was 71 and had been battling cancer.

Taylor started his stint at Yale in 1976. He took off two seasons during his three-decade run, once to be a U.S. Olympic team assistant coach (1984) and the other to be the U.S. Olympic team head coach (1994).

Taylor was serving as director of player personnel for the U.S. Junior National Team as late as January. The Americans won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Russia.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 29, 1986, Roger Clemens set a major league record by striking out 20 Mariners. The Red Sox were in jeopardy of losing the game, however, as Gorman Thomas hit a home run in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. Which Red Sox player answered with a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning for a 3-1 Sox lead that would stand up as the final score?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To be honest, I was calm. I had a certain calmness about the game today.” Paul Pierce, after the Celtics avoided a sweep by the Knicks with a 97-90 overtime victory Sunday

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 – Wins for the Red Sox in April, a record for the month, following Sunday’s 6-1 victory over the Astros

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kevin Durant gets a fortuitous bounce on this 3-pointer that gave the Thunder the lead for good in Saturday night’s victory over the Rockets that gave Oklahoma City a 3-0 series lead.

From the AHL playoffs, Toronto Marlies goalie Drew Macintyre makes an impressive behind-the-back save against the Rochester Americans.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dwight Evans

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tammi Terrell, who died in 1970, was born on this day in 1945.

Read More: David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Patrick Beverley, Tim Taylor