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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox, Rays trade insults on Twitter

07.30.13 at 7:58 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Mariners at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

♦ Representatives from the Red Sox and Rays teased each other on Twitter following Monday night’s controversial Tampa Bay victory that moved the Rays a half-game ahead of the Sox for first place in the American League East.

Following the 2-1 game, the Rays’ official Twitter feed rubbed salt in the Sox’ wound with a message that read:

Dear @RedSox scoreboard operator – your standings are wrong. Yours truly, @RaysBaseball.

The Red Sox feed responded with a jab at the Rays for their lack of home fans at their games.

Don’t worry @raysbaseball we look forward to seeing you in Tampa in September for our home games at the Trop.

Jason Bay, the former Red Sox outfielder who flamed out in New York after signing a big free agent contract with the Mets before the 2010 season, was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday.

Bay, 34, is batting .204/.298/.393 with 11 home runs and 20 RBIs in 68 games. He has struck out 62 times in 206 at-bats.

Bay signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Mariners in December after being released by the Mets after three injury-plagued and unproductive seasons in New York.

The 2004 National League Rookie of the Year with the Pirates, Bay was acquired by the Red Sox in 2008 as part of the three-team deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers. In 1½ seasons in Boston, Bay hit .274/.380/.534 with 45 home runs and 156 RBIs.

♦ Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified at a hearing Monday that Joe Paterno acknowledged that the school did not properly handle the response to the Jerry Sandusky child abuse allegations.

McQueary also said Paterno predicted the school would try to make McQueary a scapegoat and warned him not to trust school administrators.

McQueary was testifying as part of a hearing for three top school officials — former president Graham Spanier, retired vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley — who have been accused of failing to tell police about McQueary’s accusation that Sandusky molested a child in the shower and then trying to cover it up.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox acquired Darren Bragg from the Mariners in a trade for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was a missed call, a terrible call. Clearly the angle of [umpire] Jerry Meals behind the plate, he did not see the view, Daniel Nava clearly was safe. We should still be playing right now.” – Red Sox manager John Farrell, after a missed call in the eighth inning cost the Sox the tying run in Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Rays

STAT OF THE DAY: 42 – Age of Jason Giambi, who became the oldest player in major league history to hit a walk-off home run when he lifted the Indians over the White Sox on Monday night with his ninth-inning blast

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nuggets forward JaVale McGee puts on a show in the Drew League over the weekend.

Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski shows us his point of view when he tries a couple of field goals wearing video-enabled Google Glass.

Terrance Turner-Blair makes a tremendous catch in center field for Team Maryland during the Big 26 Baseball Classic high school all-star game against Pennsylvania.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jamie Moyer

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Anka was born on this day in 1941.

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