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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Aaron Hernandez tipster revealed as woman who sent him sexually explicit letters 08.04.15 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez is accused of orchestrating the murder of Odin Lloyd. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

— The anonymous tipster who reached out to Aaron Hernandez‘s lawyers and claimed a member of the jury hid information is a woman who wrote sexually explicit letters to the imprisoned former Patriot, the prosecution said in a filing released Monday.

Prosecutor William McCauley called the bid by Hernandez’s lawyer to pursue the woman’s tip an “unwarranted fishing expedition.”

According to Hernandez’s defense team, the woman called multiple times after Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder in April and claimed that one of the jurors was a co-worker who hid the fact that they had information about Hernandez’s 2012 double-murder case.

The prosecution says the woman, whose father served time in jail with Hernandez, does not in fact work with the juror — and made other comments that are not truthful. The prosecution admitted the woman has had extensive contact with Hernandez, but still suggests the information she has is worth pursing.

Hernandez is engaged to Shayanna Jenkins, with whom he has a young daughter. According to the Providence Journal, Jenkins was wearing a wedding band and an engagement ring Monday. Now living in Rhode Island, Jenkins has petitioned a probate court in that state to add the surname Hernandez to her name to match the surname of her daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez.

Hernandez, who was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, is awaiting trial in the double-murder case, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

— The father of the 9-year-old bat boy from Kansas who died Sunday after being hit in the head by a bat a day earlier spoke Monday of Kaiser Carlile’s happiness being a part of the team and expressed no hard feelings for the accident.

“There is no kind of remorse or anger towards what happened,” Chad Carlile said at a press conference with the team. “This is something that obviously was a tragedy. I want … no bad comments. Nothing bad. I mean, this is all for the good. If anyone can gain anything out of this it’s the fact that he was happy. He loved it, and the team we are obviously for loved him as well.”

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9-year-old Kansas bat boy dies of injuries after being hit in head by on-deck batter 08.03.15 at 11:19 am ET
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A 9-year-old bat boy who was struck in the head by a batter warming up in the on-deck circle during the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, over the weekend died of his injuries, the team announced.

Kaiser Carlile, a bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays, an amateur baseball team from Kansas, was retrieving a bat when he was accidentally hit on the back of the head by a bat swung by the next batter during Saturday’s game.

Carlile, who was wearing a helmet, received medical assistance from home plate umpire Mark Goldfeder — a long-time paramedic — before being taken away in an ambulance.

The team posted an announcement on its Facebook page late Sunday reading:

With the permission of the family, and with much sorrow and a very broken hear, I regretfully inform everyone that Kaiser Carlile passed away earlier this evening. Please keep his family and our team in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all the support during this ordeal!

Carlile’s father’s cousin, Mike Carlile, is the general manager of the team.

“We just lost a little, 9-year-old Bee Jay and it’s incredibly sad,” Mike Carlile told the Wichita Eagle. “No one wrote a book to tell us how to do this. We’re just dealing with it the best way we know how, and that’s to keep coming out and keep honoring Kaiser on the field.”

After both teams prayed on the field for Carlile, Liberal went on to beat San Diego in Saturday’s game. The Bee Jays also won their game Sunday over the Haysville Aviators, 8-0, after being informed of Carlile’s death. Mike Carlile said Kaiser’s parents wanted the team to continue playing — and winning. The parents attended Sunday’s game and talked with the players afterward in an emotional meeting.

“It is such an unfortunate accident and all we can do is be strong for the family,” Bee Jays manager Adam Anderson said. “That’s all they wanted us to do was go out there and play a good baseball game, and that’s what we did.”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bills suspend OL coach Aaron Kromer 6 games, name Richie Incognito starter 08.03.15 at 7:42 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Kromer

Aaron Kromer

— Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will avoid legal punishment for the incident last month when he allegedly punched a boy in the face and threatened to kill his family following a dispute over beach chairs, but the team announced Sunday night that he will be suspended six games for his behavior.

Kromer, who had a battery charge dropped after he reached a deal with the victim’s family, has been on paid leave since July 14, two days after he was arrested. He will rejoin the team at training camp and begin his suspension with the team’s regular-season opener Sept. 7.

“We worked in conjunction with the NFL on this matter, and we are highly supportive of the NFL personal conduct policy that holds all NFL and club employees to a higher standard,” Bills president Russ Brandon said in a statement.

Kromer, who previously served as the Bears offensive coordinator, was hired in January as part of the staff hired by new head coach Rex Ryan. Assistant Kurt Anderson has been covering for Kromer and is expected to fill in during the suspension.

Kormer’s suspension was the second big story related to the Bills offensive line Sunday. Earlier in the day, Ryan announced that former outcast Richie Incognito stands to be his starting left guard.

“One thing’s for sure, Richie’s a starter,” Ryan said at the team’s training camp in Pittsford, New York. “He looks about as good as any of them. He really does.”

Ryan said Incognito, who sat out all of 2014 after being fingered in the Dolphins bullying scandal during the 2013 season, was one of the team’s top performers in conditioning tests held Thursday, the day before camp opened.

“He’s everything we thought he’d be,” Ryan said. “I think he’s probably along further than I even thought he’d be as far as coming back in shape. It’s like he never missed any time.

Incognito, who has a history of troubling behavior, signed a one-year deal with the Bills in February. He has not played in a game since Oct. 31, 2013.

“It was a long road back,” Incognito said Sunday after being told of Ryan’s comments. “It was dark times. And it was something at times I didn’t was going to happen. But I’ve been blessed with an opportunity. … A lot of people laid their neck out on the line for me. And I just wanted to prove them right.”

Added Incognito: “It left a bad taste in my mouth to kind of leave the game like that. I had a lot of time away, a lot of time to think. And today, I definitely woke up with that in the back of my head.”

— A 9-year-old bat boy was in critical condition Sunday, one day after being hit in the head by a bat during a tournament in Wichita, Kansas.

UPDATE: The boy died Sunday of his injuries.

Kaiser Carlile, who works for the Liberal (Kansas) Bee Jays, was retrieving a bat discarded by a batter when he was struck in the back of the head by a player warming up in the on-deck circle early in his team’s game against San Diego in the National Baseball Congress World Series. Carlile was wearing a helmet.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Jets DT Sheldon Richardson faces multiple charges after police chase 07.31.15 at 8:28 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

Sheldon Richardson

Sheldon Richardson

— Jets fans had some fun at the Patriots’ expense Thursday, flying a plane over Patriots training camp practice with a sign that read, “Cheaters look up.” However, they’ve got some problems with their own team to worry about.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who like Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the season — Richardson’s issues was a failed a drug test — was charged Thursday with resisting arrest along with a series of traffic violations after leading Missouri police on a high-speed chase earlier this month.

According to police, the St. Louis native and former University of Missouri star turned off the lights on his 2014 Bentley Silver Spur W 12 drove at speeds of up to 143 mph on I-64 during the July 14 pursuit. The 24-year-old eventually pulled into a driveway (after driving through a red light), where police discovered a strong odor of burned marijuana, a gun under the driver’s seat and a 12-year-old boy in the car with Richardson and two other men.

News of the legal problems broke Thursday, an hour after Richardson talked to the media about his suspension and insisted he’d stay out of trouble going forward.

“I take full accountability for my actions,” Richardson said of the suspension, which was announced July 2. “I apologized to my teammates and this organization, and I told them they don’t have to worry about my name being in the news again.”

Added Richardson: “I’m not a dope fiend, man. I can say no. I just chose not to. It was a depressing time in my offseason and that’s just that. It’s just that simple, bro.”

Richardson, the 13th overall pick in 2013, was the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 78 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Last season he had 66 tackles and eight sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

A Jets spokesman said the team was “aware of the situation and gathering information.”

Red Sox infielder Pablo Sandoval isn’t the only baseball player to have struggled with dehydration this week. CC Sabathia ended up in the hospital after pitching in the Yankees’ loss to the Rangers on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jim Craig selling Miracle on Ice memorabilia to ‘protect the legacy for my family’ 07.30.15 at 8:25 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Mets, 12:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Tigers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Real Madrid vs. AC Milan, 8 a.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jim Craig is parting ways with some of his memorabilia from the Miracle on Ice. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Jim Craig is parting ways with some of his memorabilia from the Miracle on Ice. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

— Jim Craig, goalie for the Miracle on Ice 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, is selling 19 pieces of memorabilia from the Games, including the jersey he wore during the historic victory over the Soviets and the flag he draped around himself following that win.

Also included in the collection are Craig’s skates, equipment and sticks he used during the tournament, along with his gold medal. Lelands.com indicated the asking price is $5.7 million.

Craig, a North Easton native who starred at Boston University and later had a short stint with the Bruins, said he is selling the items so that his “children and grandchildren will be financially secure in the future,” and he plans to give some of the money to charity. He said he wants to sell the items in one lot in hopes that someone will continue to display the memorabilia.

“For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Sports Museum, the New York Sports Museum, and I think we’ve done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,” Craig, now a motivational speaker, told ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died, I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”

Two years ago, Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 squad, sold his jersey from the gold medal game for $657,250.

— Mets infielder Wilmer Flores first learned he was part of a trade when fans behind the dugout during Wednesday night’s game against the Padres informed him that he was being sent to Milwaukee as part of a deal for outfielder Carlos Gomez.

As word spread around Citi Field, Flores was given a standing ovation before and after his at-bat in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, Flores got emotional, tearing up while playing shortstop for what he thought would be the final time as a Met.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Nationals acquire Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, much to dismay of current closer Drew Storen 07.29.15 at 7:57 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rockies at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Astros, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: All-Star Game, 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Jonathan Papelbon‘s trade to the Nationals would appear to be a boost to Washington, but not everyone is thrilled with the team landing a new closer.

Drew Storen, who has 29 saves in 31 chances and a 1.73 ERA, was informed Tuesday that he’ll be replaced by the former Phillies closer, demoted to fill-in closing and set-up responsibilities.

“All I’m going to say is obviously I’m aware of the move,” Storen told reporters. “Talked to [general manager] Mike [Rizzo] about it, talked to my agent. We’ve had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I’m just going to leave it at that.”

As part of the trade, the Nationals agreed to pick up Papelbon’s option for 2016 (albeit reportedly for $11 million, less than the original $13 million). The Phillies, who received pitching prospect Nick Pivetta, are said to be paying the remainder of Papelbon’s 2015 salary ($4.5 million).

While Storen has been solid, the rest of Washington’s relievers have not been as impressive. The team is 42-7 when leading after six innings (46-0 when leading entering the ninth). The bullpen combined has a 3.39 ERA, 12th in the majors. Adding Papelbon and altering Storen’s role should, on paper, make the Nationals much stronger overall.

Rizzo acknowledged that the news “was difficult to take” for Storen, but the 27-year-old “took it like a pro, and he’s going to be a professional in the clubhouse and on the mound.”

As for the 34-year-old Papelbon, a six-time All-Star who starred for the Red Sox before signing as a free agent with Philadelphia, he carries a 1.59 ERA and saved all 17 of his chances for the last-place Phillies this season.

“This guy wants to win,” Rizzo said. “First and foremost, he wants to win. … He excels in pressure situations, and that’s his personality. Does it grate on the opposition at times? Yes, it does. But he comes with high credentials, high praise from his teammates and guys who’ve been around him.”

— Mets management was in disbelief Tuesday after relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia — just weeks back from an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs — was suspended 162 games for another violation.

Mejia first was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol, and at the time insisted that he had “no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.”

According to MLB, Mejia again tested positive for Stanozolol as well as Boldenone, costing him a season’s worth of games.

“I was totally shocked,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “Incredulous — whatever the right term is — that this could happen so swiftly on the heels of a past suspension. Couldn’t understand it.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: BC grad Jen Welter first female NFL assistant coach 07.28.15 at 8:21 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: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (MLB Network)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The first female to serve as an NFL coach — albeit only for the preseason — is a former Boston College rugby player.

Jen Welter, who played 14 seasons in the Women’s Football Alliance, will join the Cardinals as a training camp/preseason intern to work with the team’s inside linebackers.

Welter, 37, has already coached men, serving as linebackers and special teams coach with the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. The 5-foot-2, 130-pound Florida native also played for the Revolution briefly, as a running back and special teams player in 2014 — becoming the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a pro men’s league when she had two carries for minus-3 yards in the Revolution’s opening game that season.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday in a story on the team’s website. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

Added Arians: “She came for an OTA and I met her and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door.”

Arians noted that he talked to the team’s veteran players about Welter and “they were all very cool with it.”

Said Arians: “It’s not going to be a distraction in any way.”

Welter, a 2000 BC grad who has a master’s degree in sports psychology and a PhD in psychology, is the second woman to join the league this offseason, as Sarah Thomas was hired as the first full-time female NFL official in April.

Tweeted Welter on Monday night: I am honored to be a part of this amazing team.

— Jonathan Martin, the victim in the Dolphins bullying scandal that dominated NFL news in 2013, reportedly will retire due to a back injury that would have required surgery for him to play again.

Tweeted NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport: Former #Dolphins & #49ers OL Jonathan Martin is retiring, source said. A back injury means surgery, and he’s choosing to walk away.

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he won’t sign guarantee with U.S. Olympic Committee 07.27.15 at 11:10 am ET
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Marty Walsh

Mayor Marty Walsh, who has been a staunch supporter of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics, said Monday that he would not sign a contract with the U.S. Olympic Committee that commits the city to covering any budget overruns.

Contracts with host cities include a stipulation that the city will cover any additional costs, but in the wake of widespread criticism of and uncertainty about the financial impact to the city, Walsh decided to take a hard stand.

“If committing to signing a guarantee today is what’s required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Walsh said in a press conference, noting that the USOC has pressured him to agree to sign the contract if Boston were to win the bid.

“I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,” he added.

Boston 2024 organizers have said they plan to have insurance to cover any possible overruns, but that remains a contentious issue.

Despite his hard-line stance, Walsh said he still would like to see Boston host the Games.

“I still feel the same way I did three months ago,” he insisted.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Reggie Jackson apologizes for tirade at fans during Hall of Fame weekend 07.27.15 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’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.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid, 8 a.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— While Baseball Hall of Fame induction weekend will be remembered by Red Sox fans as Pedro Martinez‘s time in the spotlight, New Yorkers are talking about Yankees legend Reggie Jackson’s temper getting the best of him while he dealt with a group autograph-seekers in Cooperstown.

Jackson tweeted an apology Sunday after getting into a confrontation with fans outside a downtown Cooperstown restaurant Friday night and unleashing an obscenity-laced tirade.

Tweeted Jackson: A sincere apology for my profanity in public to all fans. Certainly not a way to communicate. Mad or not, no excuse.

Jackson, 69, was signing autographs when he spotted a fan he believed was trying to get multiple signatures.

“I signed for one guy and he ran to the end of the [expletive] line,” Jackson complained. “That’s [expletive] up. Now it’s my time to eat dinner with people I don’t see but once a [expletive] year for 20 years and I’ve got to [expletive] … Listen, it’s dirty, it feels like [expletive], it really does. Stand in [expletive] line tomorrow and pay like everyone [expletive] else.”

As Jackson got into his car, a brief scuffle ensued between a fan and one of Jackson’s security personnel.

— British cyclist Chris Froome wrapped up his second Tour de France win Sunday, cruising home after race organizers stopped the clock early to minimize the risk of crashes on the wet pavement.

Froome won by 1 minute, 12 seconds over Colombia’s Nairo Quintana — who was runner-up to Froome in 2013 as well.

“The Maillot Jaune is special, very special,” Froome said of the famous yellow jersey signifying the race leader. “I understand its history, good and bad. I will always respect it.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Roger Clemens insists Hall of Fame ‘doesn’t really make a difference in my life’ 07.24.15 at 8:17 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’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.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Roger Clemens stopped by the NESN booth during Thursday night’s Red Sox-Astros game in Houston and continued to claim that he played the game the right way despite evidence that he used performance-enhancing drugs, adding he does not need the validation of the Hall of Fame to feel complete.

“Congratulations to the guys that go,” he said of the Hall, which will welcome fellow Sox legend Pedro Martinez this weekend. “It doesn’t really make a difference in my life, not that it would matter.”

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner has never received more than 37.6 percent of votes (75 percent is needed for induction) despite his 354 wins and 4,672 strikeouts for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros. He said he appreciates those who have written his name on the ballot but claims it’s not a big deal to him.

“It’s not something that I went to, to play — play the game to make the Hall of Fame. It was the furthest thing from my mind. I played the game because I loved to play it,” Clemens said.

“I knew early in my career that once I seized that moment that I could make a little money and take care of my family. Then it started to get to a World Series and playoffs in Boston and the history that came along with it. That’s really it.”

— Another player likely to be kept out of the Hall is Alex Rodriguez, who continues to have a stellar comeback season, helping the first-place Yankees to a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Thursday for a sweep of their three-game series.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre credits Rodriguez for turning things around after missing last season while on suspension for his role in the Biogenesis PED scandal.

“I think what’s surprising is Alex,” Torre said from a charity golf tournament in New York on Thursday. “I’m happy for him. Miss a whole year at that age — there was never an issue of his ability to work at it. But with all the physical problems that he’s had and missing a year, it’s been, I think, remarkable how consistent he’s been and his power numbers.”

Torre, now an MLB executive, said Rodriguez called him in January as he reached out to people in baseball trying to mend fences before his comeback. Torre, in his autobiography “The Yankee Years,” was critical of A-Rod, but he says they now are “friendly.”

“I had heard that he was calling some people, so I really wasn’t surprised,” Torre said of their offseason conversation. “Actually, it started out with a text and he asked me if it would be all right to call me. I said, ‘Sure, anytime.’ I’m there for any player who wants to pick my brain over anything and for any team. He had some issues with what he thought I said in the past. I think he just wanted to make sure that all the air was clear. He asked about some advice and I said, ‘Just go play baseball.’ ”

Added Torre: “He paid his debt. He was suspended. He did that. Hopefully he learned something from it. He’s been determined to come back and play the game that he’s loved. I know baseball’s been a huge part of his life. He just craves it. He’s been a force, no question. People in New York love it. That’s what’s important for us. Once people pay their penalty, you can’t root against them. It’s not the right thing to do.”

— Outgoing ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd drew the ire of Blue Jays star Jose Bautista for a disparaging comment he made about Dominican players Thursday.

During his midday show, Cowherd was trying to make a point that baseball is a relatively easy sport to manage. He went on to say:

“The game is too complex? Like, I’ve never bought into that, ‘Baseball is just too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has not been known in my lifetime as having world-class academic abilities A lot of those kids come from rough backgrounds and have not had opportunities academically that other kids from other countries have. Baseball is like any sport, it’s mostly instincts.”

After Cowherd’s comment made it around the web, Bautista, a Dominican native, tweeted: Dear Mr. @ESPN_Colin before i rip you a new one i would like for you to explain what u meant to say about baseball and dominicans, please.

Cowherd is headed to Fox Sports when his contract with ESPN expires later this year. He discussed his departure during Wednesday’s show, crediting ESPN for taking a chance on him in 2003 and calling his stint with the company “the best 10 years of my life.”

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: “The results haven’t been nearly good enough. We’re responsible for that and we have to get better quickly.” — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during a Thursday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s struggles

STAT OF THE DAY: 8 — Consecutive losses by the Red Sox, a season high, following Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the Astros on Jose Altuve’s walkoff home run in the ninth inning

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez makes a diving stop behind second base and throws the ball with his glove to get the out against the Indians.

A’s right fielder Josh Reddick races into foul territory to make a diving catch against the Blue Jays.

A Japanese high school baseball player puts on a show in the batter’s box with a series of creative and artistic movements.

Spurs guard Tony Parker gets up close with a tiger during an appearance on a French game show.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Mueller

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

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