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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez needs to shut up

06.26.13 at 7:47 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rockies at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Cubs at Brewers, 8 p.m. (WGN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez

♦ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman showed outward frustration toward Alex Rodriguez on Tuesday, saying that the injured third baseman should “shut the [expletive] up.”

The GM had denied a report a day earlier that A-Rod was cleared to play in rehab games starting next week, insisting that “he’s getting closer” but refusing to pinpoint a date for his first minor league stint.

Rodriguez, who just joined Twitter, tweeted Tuesday that he had been cleared: Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!

Cashman responded (via ESPN New York) by saying that Dr. Kelly, who had been approved by the team to perform the surgery and oversee the player’s recovery in New York, did not have jurisdiction over the rehab process in Tampa, which is where Rodriguez has been working out of late.

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman said. “Alex should just shut the [expletive] up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

The Yankees are on the hook for more than $100 million for the 39-year-old Rodriguez, who is under contract through 2017.

♦ Disgraced former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice spoke to a group of college players at the elite Nike basketball camp at Kean University in Union, N.J., on Tuesday. Rice, who told Yahoo! Sports he was a “viewing guest of John Lucas” at the camp, apparently is trying to work his way back into the college basketball scene.

According to the report, Rice has been undergoing anger management counseling at the John Lucas Wellness and Aftercare Program in Houston. He has worked with players preparing for the NBA draft at Lucas’ gym.

Rice was fired after three seasons at Rutgers, after video surfaced of him demeaning and abusing players during practices.

♦ Legendary Harvard crew coach Harry Parker died Tuesday at the age of 77 following a two-year battle with cancer. In 51 seasons as coach, Parker led the Crimson to 22 undefeated regular seasons, including this spring, and 16 official or unofficial national championships.

“Harry Parker has been one of the nation’s iconic coaches and educators,” Harvard athletic director Bob Scalise said in a statement. “He has touched the lives and has influenced countless Harvard oarsmen over the years. His love of the sport, dedication to the success of his students and devotion to Harvard are evident in all Harry has done. His legacy and impact on our program over the last five decades will remain. We will miss him as a coach, role model, leader and a friend.”

A competitor in the 1960 Olympics (fifth place in single scull), Parker went on to coach six Olympic teams, including the 1972 men’s eight silver medalists.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 26, 1998, the NHL held an expansion draft to stock the Predators franchise. Which player was selected from the Bruins but eventually returned to Boston to coach the B’s?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He felt like it was time for a change. He felt like we all needed a change. That was his rationalization or justification for going to the Clippers, that this was better for everybody. I don’t think there should be any resentment. I know how Boston fans are. This may be a win-win for everybody.” -- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, on coach Doc Rivers’ departure

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 – Hits for the Red Sox in Tuesday night’s 11-4 rout of the Rockies, a season high

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s Hockey Night in Canada’s retrospective on the Stanley Cup playoffs.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Boston-area native Mike Sullivan, who coached the Bruins in 2003-04 and 2004-05

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Billy Davis Jr., who sang with The 5th Dimension and then as a duo with his wife, Marilyn McCoo, was born on this day in 1938.

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