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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Phillies GM says Jonathan Papelbon not on market

06.21.13 at 8:00 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 7:08 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
College baseball: World Series, Oregon State vs. Mississippi State, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
College baseball: World Series, UCLA vs. North Carolina, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: U-20 World Cup, United States vs. Spain, 1:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
Major League Lacrosse: New York Lizards at Boston Cannons, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

AROUND THE WEB:

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon watches as the Mets rally for a 6-5 victory in the ninth inning of Thursday's game in New York. (AP)

Jonathan Papelbon has had a rough week, but the Phillies say they want to keep him. (AP)

♦ Red Sox fans fed up with Andrew Bailey‘s struggles — he apparently will be removed from the closer’s role after blowing Thursday’s game in Detroit — might want to think twice about pinning their hopes on the team reacquiring Jonathan Papelbon.

First off, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday that he has no plans to trade Papelbon or ace left-hander Cliff Lee.

“Absolutely not, because those are guys I’d be better off having on my club than not,” Amaro told The Associated Press. “Who am I going to replace these guys with to win a championship?”

Added Amaro: “These are championship-caliber players. If we think about moving these guys, then I better be getting someone of better or equal value, and I just don’t see that happening.”

Meanwhile, Papelbon, who left Boston for Philadelphia as a free agent after the 2011 season, ended his season-long streak of successful saves by blowing two this week, and he’s taking some heat for his comments after one of those games.

In the ninth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Nationals, the Phillies misplayed a ground ball and Papelbon couldn’t catch a low throw from second baseman Freddy Galvis. Papelbon questioned why the infielders weren’t positioned farther back on a 3-1 count.

“This is a game of fundamentals, and we’ve got to do fundamentals right and keep grinding,” said Papelbon, who has 14 saves in 16 chances, a 1.95 ERA and a 0.795 WHIP. “Everything from the pitchers making the correct pitches to pitchers backing up the right bases to the outfield moving on counts to the infield moving on counts. Everything that goes into every pre-pitch. We’ve got to do better.

“I’m not pointing fingers at anyone. It’s a team effort here. … I’m seeing some of the same mistakes. I think for us, we have to make the fundamental plays we’re supposed to make.”

♦ The attorney for embattled Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez lashed out at Major League Baseball officials and said their investigation into the Biogenesis situation is “irreparably tainted.”

David Cornwell also represents two other players who have been identified as having a relationship with the since-closed Miami clinic that allegedly dealt performance-enhancing drugs: Yankees cacther Francisco Cervelli and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.

“The conduct of Major League Baseball with the Tony Bosch investigation is despicable, unethical and potentially illegal,” Cornwell told USA Today. “Paying for evidence. Offering to pay for evidence. Intimidating witnesses.

“One thing we know: That evidence is unreliable. They have tainted the evidence beyond the point that you can rely on it, from their own conduct. And it’s because of this hysterical reaction to the concept [that players acquired PEDs from Bosch's clinic]. It’s absurd.”

MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred responded to Cornwell’s attack in kind.

Said Manfred: “At the conclusion of this investigation we hope that there will be a full airing of what we have learned about what Mr. Cornwell and his clients have done, so that the public can decide who has behaved despicably, unethically and illegally.”

Jay-Z was certified by both the NBA and MLB players unions, the hip-hop star’s Roc Nation agency announced, making him officially eligible to represent players in both leagues.

Jay-Z lured Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano from Scott Boras earlier this year, and Thunder star Kevin Durant reportedly is considering joining the firm as well.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 21, 1916, which Red Sox hurler pitched the first no-hitter in Fenway Park history, a 2-0 victory over the Yankees that included three walks? Hint: The player shares a name with an outfielder from Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It took everything we had as a team. Credit to the San Antonio Spurs, they’re an unbelievable team, an unbelievable franchise. This is the hardest series we ever had to play. But we’re a resilient team and we did whatever it took.” Dwyane Wade, after the Heat won the NBA championship with Thursday’s 95-88 victory in Game 7

STAT OF THE DAY: 2-19 – The Tigers’ record when trailing after eight innings, with their second win coming Thursday night via a walkoff home run off Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s Nike’s “Leave a Message” commercial congratulating LeBron James for his second straight NBA title with the Heat. Celtics legend Bill Russell closes it out.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave an entertaining press conference prior to Thursday night’s Game 7.

Heat reserve Juwan Howard shows he still has some tricks, as he hits a one-handed halfcourt shot with his back to the basket during practice.

TRIVIA ANSWER: George Foster

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Ray Davies, former lead singer of The Kinks, was born on this day in 1944.

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