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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Derek Jeter hit by pitch in first at-bat of final season 04.02.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Phillies at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
NHL: Bruins at Red Wings, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Coyotes at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Celtics at Wizards, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Knicks, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: CBI, Fresno State at Siena, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Chelsea at Paris, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Exhibition, Mexico vs. United States, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)


— The Derek Jeter farewell tour got off to a rocky start Tuesday, as the Yankees captain was hit in the arm by a pitch in the first at-bat of his final season and his team suffered a 6-2 loss to the lowly Astros in Houston.

“That woke me up,” Jeter said of getting hit in the left forearm by an 0-1 fastball from Scott Feldman. “Opening Day, I think everyone’€™s always a little nervous, anxious. You have butterflies. I was probably a little more nervous because I hadn’€™t played in a while. And then when I got hit, it hurt, so I wasn’€™t nervous anymore. It probably helped me out a little bit.”

Jeter, who earlier in the day had lunch with ex-teammate Roger Clemens, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush at Katch 22, the Houston restaurant owned by Clemens’ son Kory. hit an opposite-field single in the eighth inning and finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The game featured slimmed-down Yankees starter CC Sabathia continuing his trend of struggling on Opening Day, surrendering six runs on eight hits in six innings. He allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second.

“It got out of hand early,” Sabathia said. “I’€™ve got 34 more starts left. I’€™m definitely not going to pitch like I did tonight in the first two innings. I know I can pitch and I know I can get guys out. I feel great. I’€™m not going to beat myself up about this.”

Joked manager Joe Girardi: “I had a feeling we were going to lose a game at some point this year. Good thing we got it out of the way early.”

— Kings center Demarcus Cousins revealed his foray into R&B music to be an April Fools’ joke, much to the relief of his team.

On Sunday Cousins had tweeted a picture of the cover of the “Misunderstood” CD he purportedly was releasing under the name “Boogie Smooth.”

But on Tuesday Cousins posted a video showing him at the piano and demonstrating his lack of musical ability.

“I was hoping that it wasn’€™t true, because I don’€™t know if anybody would even buy that album,” Kings coach Mike Malone told the Sacramento Bee. “I guess April Fools’€™ came a few days early, but DeMarcus keeps everybody on the edge of their seat.”

— Two players in the Federal Hockey League who staged a fake fight — they dropped the gloves and circled each other only to stop and hug before one of them pulled out a beer from his pants — found that their stunt was not well received by the league.

Danville Dashers forward Matt Puntureri said he was behind the act, while his former teammate, Dayton Demonz center Jesse Felten, agreed but would not join in the beer part because his team is headed to the playoffs and he wanted to avoid punishment. No such luck, as the league suspended Felten for the entirety of the postseason.

“I wouldn’€™t take back what happened, even if it meant not getting suspended, I guess,” Felten said. “Punts has been a real good friend of mine, and it’€™s kind of upsetting to see what happened. But at the same time, it was all in good fun. It wasn’€™t meant to piss the league off or make them look bad, even though they maybe took it that way.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 2, 2000, the Red Sox signed which free agent infielder who was at the tail end of his memorable career?

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Rex Ryan will stick with Mark Sanchez despite Jets’ latest debacle 11.12.12 at 6:54 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at Bulls, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Chiefs at Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM — joined in progress)
College basketball: Youngstown State at Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: IUPUI at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: West Virginia at Gonzaga, 11:59 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Davidson at New Mexico, 2 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)
College basketball: Houston Baptist at Hawaii, 4 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)
College basketball: Stony Brook at Rider, 6 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN)


‘™¦ Antonio Cromartie is “still confident” about his playoff guarantee despite the Jets’ latest embarrassment, a 28-7 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle that dropped New York to 3-6. Rex Ryan, meanwhile, said he isn’t rethinking his quarterback situation. Despite an anemic offensive performance (the only touchdown came from the defense), the Jets will stick with Mark Sanchez.

Said Ryan: “I believe we can win with Mark, and I believe that we can win with Tim [Tebow], but I’m not going to let you or anyone else convince me otherwise. Because this is how I feel.”

Sanchez (9-for-22 for 124 yards with an interception and a fumble on a sack) did his best to remain upbeat after his worst performance of a bad season. “I know we can do it,” he said. “I have seen our guys do it. It just has to turn, and it starts with me.”

‘™¦ Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended two games by the NBA on Sunday for confronting Spurs radio broadcaster Sean Elliott following Friday night’s game in Sacramento.

Cousins crowed toward his team’s bench after scoring a couple of baskets on Tim Duncan and then drawing a foul on the Spurs legend midway through the fourth quarter. Duncan responded by blocking a Cousins shot and scoring three baskets downs the stretch of a 97-86 Spurs win.

‘€œThat’€™s why some humility is in order,’€ Elliott said on the air. ‘€œYou think you’€™re dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn’€™t like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he’€™s going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I’€™m not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don’€™t start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He’€™s going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange.’€

Cousins apparently was informed that Elliott was criticizing him, and he decided to argue with Elliott after the postgame show. Cousins also told the media in the locker room that Elliott was “immature” for making his comments.

‘™¦ First-year Washington State football coach Mike Leach took two years off from coaching after his acrimonious departure from Texas Tech, which was due in part to the fiery coach’s alleged mistreatment of a player who was suffering from post-concussion symptoms. It appears that Leach hasn’t softened.

Washington State president Elson Floyd called for an investigation after standout wide receiver Marquess Wilson quit the team and cited abusive behavior by Leach and his staff.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 12, 1942, which Bruin became the youngest player in NHL history when he took to the ice one month before his 17th birthday for a 3-1 loss in Toronto? Hint: He later coached the B’s.

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Report: Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins removed from team plane after altercation with teammate 02.14.11 at 8:57 am ET
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Rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins was removed from the Kings’ team plane Saturday night following an altercation with teammate Donte Greene, according to NBA Fanhouse.

Sources told the site that Cousins was furious Greene inbounded the ball to Tyreke Evans instead of him on the final play of Sacramento’s loss to Oklahoma City. Cousins was calling for the ball in the post, but Greene opted to go to Evans, who missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.

Sources said Cousins and Greene began exchanging words in the locker room and that things escalated on the plane when Cousins accused Greene of being too “scared” to make what he thought was the right play, leading to both sides throwing punches.

Fanhouse notes that Cousins is expected to be suspended for at least one game.

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