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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees not optimistic after Kevin Youkilis visits back specialist

06.18.13 at 8:04 am ET
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TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA Finals: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, Game 1, 1:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, Game 2, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Louisville vs. Oregon State, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, Mississippi State vs. Indiana, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Honduras vs. United States, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who went on the disabled list Friday with a lumbar strain after playing all 18 innings of Thursday’s loss to the Athletics and waking up the following morning with numbness in his foot and calf, visited a back specialist on Monday, and general manager Brian Cashman was not optimistic.

“Back issues usually don’t get better,” Cashman said in a conference call. “They can, but they’re very debilitating and hard to get a handle on. It’s definitely a concern. As of right now, I’m not planning on him until they tell me I can plan on him.”

Added Cashman: “I just know he’s not the player that he can be because of the back right now. Are we going to be in a position to get that player back at some point throughout this season? It would be nice, but I just don’t know what the issue is and what’s possible.”

Youkilis, who spent eight-plus seasons in Boston before a 2012 trade to the White Sox, is hitting .219/.305/.343 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 28 games for the Yankees.

Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira, who missed the first two months of the season with a torn tendon sheath in his wrist, appears headed back to the disabled list after having a cortisone injection Sunday.

Teixeira is hitting .151/.270/.340 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games since returning. He was just 3-for-31 in his last nine games before sitting with weakness in his wrist.

“I’m leaning personally toward the disabled list there,” said Cashman, who added that he had not ruled out season-ending surgery.

‘™¦ The hosts of a morning show on Atlanta sports radio station 790 The Zone were fired Monday after making fun of former Saints safety Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS.

In the offending skit, two hosts took a call from the third, who was pretending to be Gleason by using a voice that sound like it was computer-generated (Gleason has lost the ability to speak). The man portraying Gleason told some jokes then asked the hosts to “smother me, do me a favor.”

The three personalities — Nick Cellini, Steak Shapiro and Chris Dimino — apologized on Twitter Monday evening. They initially were suspended, but following a barrage of complaints, they were fired.

“We suspended the three individuals involved immediately following their comments and have since terminated their employment,” the station said in a statement. “790 The Zone, our owners, sponsors and partners in no way endorse or support this kind of content. We sincerely apologize to Mr. Gleason, his family and all those touched by ALS.”

‘™¦ HBO confirmed Monday that the Bengals will be featured in this season’s “Hard Knocks” documentary. It’s the second appearance in five years for the Bengals, who were selected in 2009, before they won the AFC North.

“Hard Knocks” will have five episodes on Tuesday nights, from Aug. 6 through Sept. 3.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 18, 1953, the Red Sox scored 17 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of a 23-3 victory over the Tigers. Which Sox outfielder had three hits in the inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I thank her. Everything she did was justified.” – Former Patriots receiver Chad Johnson, upon being released from a Florida jail by Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh, who punished Johnson because she felt he was not taking his situation seriously enough

STAT OF THE DAY: 27 – Consecutive power-play kills for the Bruins, who added five to that total in Monday night’s 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): “Flopping coach” Frank Calhoun explains how he taught players like LeBron James how to get the calls.

The guys at Dude Perfect have a new trick shot video, featuring the use of some stunt cars.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Gene Stephens

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul McCartney was born on this day in 1942.

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