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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Fenway-bound Yankees lose another player to injury in win over Orioles

09.13.13 at 8:02 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Air Force at Boise State, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Seattle, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

• The Yankees beat the Orioles, 6-5, on Thursday night when they scored the winning run on a ninth-inning wild pitch (sound familiar, Red Sox fans?), but the injuries continue to mount for the Bronx Bombers.

Two days after the team put Derek Jeter on the disabled list, signaling the end of his season, there is concern in New York that outfielder Brett Gardner might be lost for the remainder of the campaign as well. Gardner was lifted from Thursday’s game after straining his left oblique while checking his swing on a strikeout in the first inning.

Gardner is scheduled for an MRI in New York on Friday, before the Yankees open a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Yankees, 9½ games behind the Sox, could be mathematically eliminated from contention for the division title by the end of the weekend, but they are just one game behind the Rays for the second wild card spot.

Gardner, who leads the team with 33 doubles, 10 triples and 24 stolen bases while playing more games than any Yankee except Robinson Cano, is hoping he’ll be able to contribute to the stretch run but acknowledges there is a possibility he might have to be shut down.

“I know we don’t have much time left,” he said, via the New York Post. “We’re trying to fight and get in the playoffs. I haven’t looked too far ahead into that, but I guess it could be a possibility. Hopefully we get good news [Friday].”

Bobby Valentine apparently was not satisfied with embarrassing himself once on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 when he claimed that the Yankees were AWOL as New York attempted to heal from the terrorist attacks. Valentine, who was manager of the Mets at the time, said his team was jealous that the Yankees were getting more credit for less community involvement.

Despite rebuttals from the Yankees and media accounts proving him to be incorrect, Valentine continued to hold firm Thursday, telling Erik Kuselias of the NBC Radio Network: “All I remember is people asking for the Yankees and me making excuses for them not being there.”

Yankees president Randy Levine had dismissed Valentine’s initial accusation and listed some of the sites the players visited, but Valentine said he wants more proof.

“There weren’t any Yankees out there,” Valentine insisted. “If there were, Mr. Levine can come up with a photograph.”

• Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong returned his Olympic bronze medal Thursday, after having his third-place finish vacated by the International Olympic Committee because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong tweeted a photo of the medal along with a message that it was in the possession of the U.S. Olympic Committee. A USOC spokesman confirmed its return.

Armstrong won the medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney for road time trial. It came two months after he won his second of seven Tour de France titles.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 13, 1982, which pitcher began his memorable stint with the Red Sox when made his major league debut and took the loss in a 3-1 setback vs. the Indians?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We have to evaluate and try to get it right. It just doesn’t magically come together. You have to work hard at it and you have to concentrate. All of us have to do a better job at that.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after the offense struggled badly in a 13-10 victory over the Jets

STAT OF THE DAY: 46 — David Ortiz‘s rank all-time on Major League Baseball’s career home run list, as he hit his 428th in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Rays to move past Mike Piazza

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): New Senators forward Bobby Ryan interviews fans in Ottawa without being recognized.

Louisiana Tech kicker Kyle Fischer banks in a field goal off both uprights during Thursday’s loss to Tulane.

From a high school football game in Kansas, Eli Renoux of Andover High has an impressive 65-yard punt return for a touchdown against Campus.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Oil Can Boyd

SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Clayton-Thomas of Blood, Sweat & Tears was born on this day in 1941.

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