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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp wants Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award

07.24.13 at 7:59 am ET

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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, United States vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. (FSC)
Soccer: Gold Cup semifinals, Mexico vs. Panama, 10 p.m. (FSC)


‘™¦ Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was runner-up to Ryan Braun for the National League MVP award in 2011, and he said Braun should vacate first place after being suspended for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball.

“Yeah, I do,” Kemp said Tuesday when asked if the award should be taken from Braun. “I feel like it should be, but that’s not for me to decide, you know?”

Braun, who hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 home runs, 111 RBIs and 33 stolen bases, finished with 388 points and 20 first-place votes. Kemp, who hit .324/.399/.586 with a league-leading 39 home runs and 126 RBIs as well as 40 stolen bases, had 332 points and 10 first-place votes.

Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of American, said Monday that the award is final.

Kemp did not go as far as teammate Skip Schumaker, who said Monday that Braun deserves a lifetime ban, but he made it clear that he wasn’t pleased.

“I’m disappointed,” Kemp said. “I talked to Braun before any of this happened, we had conversations and I considered him a friend. I don’t think anybody likes to be lied to and I feel like a lot of people have felt betrayed. That’s not just me, that’s the whole Brewers organization, a lot of his teammates. I think a lot of people feel that way.”

‘™¦ Redskins Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green weighed in on the team’s nickname controversy Tuesday and agreed that the team should consider changing its name.

“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them, ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk, the team’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, told WTOP radio in Washington, D.C. (via ESPN).

Added Green, the franchise leader in interceptions: “It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me.’ ”

‘™¦ University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who was arrested early Sunday morning after he barked at a police dog, had misdemeanor charges against him dropped Tuesday, with the State Attorney’s Office making it clear officers overreacted.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday that the “dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant much less legally sustain those charges and the complete inappropriateness of pursing court action against Morrison, or anyone else, under the circumstances involved.”

Morrison, who was arrested five weeks earlier for allegedly punching a bouncer, was suspended for at least the first two games of the season by coach Will Muschamp.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 24, 2004, Jason Varitek fought with Alex Rodriguez as the Red Sox and Yankees played an intense game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got the last laugh when which player hit a three-run home run off Mariano Rivera for an 11-10 Red Sox victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’€™ve seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what’€™s in the best interest of the team matters most. My job is to play quarterback, and I’€™m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I’€™m focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King about the Aaron Hernandez situation

STAT OF THE DAY: 58 — Consecutive days the Red Sox have been in first place in the American League East, with Tuesday’s 6-2 victory holding off the red-hot Rays from taking over the top spot

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here’s a video that shows Rangers teammates Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus goofing on each other during games.

From Australian Rules Football, Dylan Roberton of St. Kilda struggles through a halftime interview after taking a big hit during a game against Port Adelaide.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Extreme drummer Paul Geary was born on this day in 1961.

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