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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Robinson Cano injured in Yankees’ win over Jays

08.28.13 at 7:55 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
WNBA: Washington Mystics at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NB TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Eindhoven vs. AC Milan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Celtics vs. Shakhter, 2:30 p.m. (FSC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ The Yankees rolled to a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Toronto, but they got a scare when second baseman Robinson Cano left the game shortly after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from J.A. Happ.

An X-ray of the hand did not reveal an injury that might end Cano’s season, a rare break for a team that has been decimated by injuries.

“Every hand that has been X-rayed has come back poorly,” said manager Joe Girardi, referencing hand injuries to Curtis Granderson (twice) and Mark Teixeira. “We had to go to a foreign country to get a good one.”

Said Cano, who guessed he would return to action Friday: “It was a lot of pain. I was a little concerned. ‘€¦ It missed the bone by an inch.”

Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs (reaching the 400 career mark), and Alex Rodriguez blasted his second homer in two nights (his 651st, leaving him nine homers behind Willie Mays for fourth place all-time).

“I’m starting to get my legs under me,” Rodriguez said. “So far, so good.”

‘€¢ Texas A&M, which opens the season Saturday against Rice, has stopped talking about the Johnny Manziel NCAA investigation. During Tuesday’s media session, athletic department staff indicated they no longer will address it publicly.

Manziel reportedly told NCAA investigators Sunday that he did not accept money to sign autographs, despite multiple claims to the contrary from memorabilia dealers.

Coach Kevin Sumlin would not say whether the seventh-ranked Aggies plan to hold out Manziel of Saturday’s game, but he did say he thought football has helped the controversial Heisman Trophy winner get back in a routine.

“I know he likes to play football,” Sumlin said. “I think the structure that he has had since Aug. 4 has been nothing but helpful.”

‘€¢ An ESPN story suggests that Bobby Riggs might have thrown his famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against Billie Jean King in 1973, either to satisfy a gambling debt with the mafia or to set up a rematch.

King responded with a statement in which she brushed off the report.

“This story is just ridiculous,” King said. “I was on the court with Bobby and I know he was not tanking the match. I could see in his eyes and body language he wanted to win. People need to accept he had a bad day at the office — just as Margaret Court did when she played Bobby. It was 40 years ago and I won the match and I am 100 percent sure Bobby wanted to win as badly as I did. Those who bet against me lost money, but the result is the same today as it was 40 years ago.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 28, 1967, the Red Sox won a bidding war to sign which high-profile free agent?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s simple. You can look at our history. We honor all our contracts and we expect the people who sign them to honor their part of the contract.” – Patriots owner Robert Kraft, responding to a grievance filed by the NFL Players’ Association on behalf of accused murderer Aaron Hernandez in an attempt to recoup an $82,000 workout bonus from the team

STAT OF THE DAY: 7 – Consecutive games in which Red Sox starting pitchers have held opposing teams to two or fewer runs, with the latest coming Tuesday night in a 13-2 rout of the Orioles

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Michigan-bound Jabrill Peppers of Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey runs through almost the entire Red Bank defense en route to a 30-yard touchdown run in a recent scrimmage.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who had been waived by the Kansas City Athletics after a dispute with controversial owner Charlie Finley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Shania Twain was born on this day in 1965.

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