College Blog Blog Network
Posts related to ‘Joe Girardi’
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez injured as offensively challenged Yankees lose 6th straight 05.04.16 at 8:08 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez injured as offensively challenged Yankees lose 6th straight

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 White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Hawks at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Penguins, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Real Madrid, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— One of the few brights spot for the Yankees during their three-game weekend sweep at the hands of the Red Sox was Alex Rodriguez, who had two home runs and five RBIs as he showed signs that he was coming out of his early season slump.

As they lost for the sixth straight time Tuesday night — a 4-1 setback vs. the Orioles that dropped them to 8-16 — the Yankees lost Rodriguez as well, as the 40-year-old left after the fifth inning with a sore right hamstring. An “extremely frustrated” Rodriguez is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday morning.

“It wasn’t a big pop; I’ve done that before in my career,” Rodriguez said (via the New York Daily News). “I’m hopeful for the best. We’ll see how I wake up in the morning.”

Before he was lifted for pinch-hitter, Rodriguez went 0-for-3 to drop his batting average back below the Mendoza line at .194. He had raised it from .145 to .203 by going 6-for-14 over his previous four games against the Rangers and Red Sox.

“I was really excited about coming here to Baltimore and continuing what I started in Texas and Boston,” he said. “Hopefully it’s just a small setback.”

Manager Joe Girardi expressed concern after Rodriguez’s potential absence, after his team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position against the O’s.

“It’s definitely worrisome,” Girardi said. “If he’s out, someone’s going to have to step up in his place, that’s all. That’s the nature of the game. Hopefully it’s not much and he won’t go on the DL but we’ll see.”

The Yankees, off to their worst start since 1991, are trying to remain positive despite being mired in last place in the American League East.

“We keep showing up and we keep grinding,” Brian McCann said. “This is adversity. This is when you keep pushing forward. We just started May. We have five months to clean it up and play better baseball.”

— The Marlins and Pirates are scheduled to play a two-game series in Puerto Rico at the end of the month, but concerns over the Zika virus might curtail those plans.

Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler, the team’s player representative, said the Miami players became more concerned after attending a seminar on Zika, which is being blamed for a birth defect called microcephaly.

“The information was more shocking to both sides,” Koehler said (via The Associated Press). “Maybe shocking isn’t the correct word, but there was a lot more information and data and numbers thrown our way that we didn’t have.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: alex rodriguez, Dana Stubblefield, Joe Girardi, Tom Koehler
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia ‘always going to be recovering’ from alcoholism 12.17.15 at 8:15 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia ‘always going to be recovering’ from alcoholism

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: Buccaneers at Rams, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Thunder at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Rockets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: West Virginia at Marshall, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)


— Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, speaking to the media Wednesday about his battle with alcoholism while at a charity event at Yankee Stadium, said he’s in the “early stages” of his recovery but optimistic he can continue stay sober with the held of family and friends.

“I’m always going to be recovering,” Sabathia said. “But I have the support of my family, my organization, my team, friends, so I feel pretty good about where I’m at.”

Sabathia left the team on Oct. 5, a day before the Yankees‘ wild card loss to the Astros. While the timing was difficult, Sabathia said he needed to go public with his problem and get immediate help.

“I think that was the biggest thing, is that it’s not a secret anymore,” Sabathia said. “I’m able to get help with different people. I think if people see my personality change or things changing, then they’ll be able to help me.”

Manager Joe Girardi agreed.

“I think that’s important,” Girardi said. “I don’t think anyone wants to carry a weight around. If you’re hiding something it’s difficult to go through life. Hopefully it allows him to be more effective.”

The 35-year-old left-hander, who has two years remaining on his five-year, $122 million contract, appeared lighter than he looked at the end of the season and said he’s been healthy this offseason. He’s coming of his worst career year, as he went 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA while battling injuries.

— U.S. women’s soccer legend Abby Wambach was feted as she played her final game — Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to China in New Orleans that ended the Americans’ decade-plus run without a loss on home soil.

“Tonight is a celebration,” Wambach said. “The result, obviously, is annoying. It would be better if we had won, but the reality is I played in so many games. This result doesn’t shape or determine or define my career.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Abby Wambach, Brian McNamee, cc sabathia, Joe Girardi
Bruce Bochy baseball’s best manager according to survey, Terry Francona third 07.14.15 at 11:19 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Bruce Bochy baseball’s best manager according to survey, Terry Francona third
Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy

According to a recent survey done by, Bruce Bochy is the best manager in the MLB.

The survey consisted of 50 scouts, front-office executives, big-league coaches and media analysts. Respondents rated each manager on a series of categories, with longevity, championships and leadership cited as the most important qualities.

Bochy emerged victorious, earning 24.2 percent of the vote. Behind him were Buck Showalter (21.5 percent), former Red Sox manager Terry Francona (12.8 percent) and Joe Maddon (12.5 percent). No other managers earned a double-digit percentage, but some other highlights included Joe Girardi, who finished eighth with 3.5 percent, and current Red Sox manager John Farrell, who rounded out the top third with 2.2 percent.

According to one National League executive, Bochy instills confidence in his players and gives them the tools to succeed.

“His players play hard and buy into what’s best for the team,” the executive said. “He’s a great strategist, and he’s able to use young players and castoffs with confidence. He has a calm demeanor, but he knows when to create urgency and play the hot hand.”

As the Giants manager, Bochy owns a 713-672 record over nine years. His playoff record is stellar at 34-14 and he has led the team to three titles in the last five years.

Aside from best overall manager, survey respondents weighed in on a variety of other classifications. Bochy was also voted “Best at Handling a Pitching Staff,” meanwhile Showalter was regarded as the “Best Tactician.” Otherwise, the “Best at Relating to Players” was Francona and the “Best at Using the Entire 25-man Roster” was a tie between Showalter and Bochy. Maddon earned the title of “Most Creative Manager” in a landslide and Clint Hurdle was voted “Best at Developing Young Players.”

Read More: Bruce Bochy, Buck Showalter, Clint Hurdle, Joe Girardi
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Alex Rodriguez to be his third baseman next year 09.30.14 at 8:05 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Alex Rodriguez to be his third baseman next year

Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Athletics at Royals, 8 p.m. (TBS)
NHL preseason: Islanders at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL preseason: Rangers at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Basketball: FIBA World Championship for Women, United States vs. Angola, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Roma at Manchester City, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


Derek Jeter is gone, and Alex Rodriguez is coming back. And manager Joe Girardi said he’s planning to insert A-Rod at third base assuming he proves he’s ready.

The oft-injured Rodriguez, who will turn 40 next July, was suspended for all of 2013 for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

“We’ve got to see where he’s physically at, and if he can play the field, how many days he can play the field and how many days he needs to DH,” Girardi said at a news conference Monday. “I don’t think really any of us know about him until we actually get him into games in spring training.”

Added Girardi: “He hasn’t played in a year. That’s not easy to do, to sit out a year. Do we expect him to be a player on our team? Absolutely. Do we expect him to play third base? Yes. But in fairness I think you have to see where he’s at.”

MASHUP POLL: Will Alex Rodriguez return to the Yankees lineup in 2015?

  • Yes, they're paying him, so they'll play him (69%, 228 Votes)
  • No, they'll either trade or cut him (31%, 103 Votes)

Total Voters: 331

Loading ... Loading ...

There were reports that some players were upset with Rodriguez when he initially fought his suspension. Girardi said he does not anticipate any issues in the locker room.

“Our teammates enjoy Alex, his presence in the clubhouse, the way he likes to teach the game and talk about the game. So I don’t think that will be an issue,” Girardi said. “Will he have to deal from some angry fans? Yeah, but we’ll help him get through that. When was the last time Alex hasn’t had to deal with that? So it’s not like it’s something that he’s not used to, and sometimes players thrive on that.”

— According to an ESPN report, a neutral arbitrator will rule on the NFL Players Association’s appeal of Ray Rice‘s indefinite suspension, rather than someone appointed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

“For the first time ever, the league in the Rice appeal has agreed to a neutral arbitrator” in a personal conduct disciplinary case, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union’s executive board that ESPN obtained.

Wrote Smith: “This occurs in the context of a difficult set of facts and circumstances [but] it is a positive movement on the overall question of neutral arbitration and a fair personal conduct discipline process.”

The appeal was filed Sept. 16, and the league said at that time that Goodell did not intend to arbitrate the matter.

Smith also told his board that the NFLPA is reaching out to league sponsors to let them know the majority of players represent the league positively, and “that we will address the process issues that have caused them concern.”

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t mince words Monday when discussing a report from NFL Network’s Deion Sanders that his players don’t want to play for him anymore.

“Personally, I think that’s a bunch of crap,” Harbaugh said.

Earlier in the season, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer said the locker room was “toxic.”

“I haven’t seen Trent or Deion around much,” Harbaugh said. “If someone has a good story to tell, they want to put their name to it. If I had a good story to tell, I’d want to put my name to it, so I don’t put a lot of credibility to the unnamed source.”

During Sunday’s “NFL GameDay Final,” Sanders said: “They want him out. They’re not on the same page. I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach. I got a question with that. Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because they way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem.

“They really got some problems that we hear rumblings. We all know people inside locker rooms.”

Harbaugh, whose 49ers are 2-2 after Sunday’s 26-21 win over the Eagles, is signed through the 2015 season.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 30, 1962, which Red Sox player wrapped up the season with a .326 average to capture his second American League batting title?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s a lot of negativity. Everyone is going to tell us how terrible we are. That’s just the NFL.” — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, after Monday’s 41-14 rout at the hands of the Chiefs

STAT OF THE DAY: 303 — Yards of offense in the first half by the Chiefs, the most allowed by any Bill Belichick-coached team

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A Missouri middle school football team pulls off a trick play it calls the “Ugly Kardashian.”


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marilyn McCoo was born on this day in 1943.

Read More: alex rodriguez, deion sanders, Jim Harbaugh, Joe Girardi
Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again 09.17.14 at 7:59 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again

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 Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Diamondbacks, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals, at Braves, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Mariners at Angels, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Prior to Tuesday night game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Rays honored Derek Jeter on the Yankees captain’s final trip to Tropicana Field. However, things deteriorated a few hours later.

Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not pleased after Derek Jeter was hit by an inside pitch from the Rays. (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

In Jeter’s final at-bat, he was hit on the hands by an eighth-inning pitch from reliever Steven Geltz. The Yankees retaliated in the bottom of the inning, as David Phelps threw a brushback pitch at Kevin Kiermaier, leading to the benches emptying.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was ejected after arguing with the umpire and then yelling at Geltz after Jeter’s HBP, voiced his frustration with the Yankees being hit five times in the past four games against Tampa Bay (with no Rays being hit during that time). Jeter was the victim twice, while Chase Headley missed four games after taking a ball off the chin.

“I don’€™t know what they expect; you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’€™t think we’€™ll be pissed?” Girardi said. “I’€™m tired of my guys getting hit and where they’€™re getting hit. I’€™m tired of it. If you’€™re going to pitch inside, learn how to pitch inside.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he understood the Yankees’ point of view.

“I really don’€™t blame the Yankees for being upset right there,” Maddon said. “We’€™ve hit a couple of their guys — obviously none of it intentional. It’€™s called baseball. It happens once in a while.”

MASHUP POLL: With Derek Jeter in an 0-for-26 slump and the Yankees still in the playoff hunt, should the team bench the retiring legend?

  • No, he's earned the right to be in the lineup for the final two weeks of his career (57%, 243 Votes)
  • Yes, the focus has to be on making the playoffs, and he is hurting the team's chances (43%, 187 Votes)

Total Voters: 430

Loading ... Loading ...

Jeter’s slump continues, as the shortstop — who was benched Monday — is without a hit in his last 26 at-bats after his 0-for-2 effort Tuesday. He was down 0-2 in the count when he was hit, and the fading Yankees lost the game 6-1. New York is 1-5 on this road trip, scoring just seven runs in the six games.

Said Phelps: “I think our team as a whole is frustrated about a whole lot of stuff right now.”

— Hours after singer Rihanna blasted CBS for pulling her music video last week in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, the network announced that it would no longer include her as part of its intro.

Rihanna, who was the victim in a domestic incident involving singer Chris Brown in 2009, had recorded a special version of the song “Run This Town” for the network. CBS did not use the video last week, instead spending more time discussing the Rice situation.

Rihanna took that as an insult, and she lashed out at the network via Twitter, writing: CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, [expletive] you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.

CBS senior vice president of communications Jen Sabatelle released a statement shortly thereafter, reading: “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our ‘Thursday Night Football’ open. We will be using our newly created ‘Thursday Night Football’ theme music to open our game broadcast.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, Josh Gordon, Rihanna
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees ‘disappointed’ with elbow injury to Masahiro Tanaka 07.11.14 at 8:18 am ET
By   |  2 Comments

Welcome to Friday’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 Astros, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Cubs, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Brewers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Japan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: DC United at San Jose Earthquakes, 11 p.m. (NBCSN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


— Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a small ligament tear in his pitching elbow, but general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday the pitcher will not have Tommy John surgery — at least for now.

“All three doctors agree on the diagnosis and the rehab protocol,” Cashman told reporters in a conference call. “We are going to follow their recommendation, and none of them recommend surgery at this time. They’re all hopeful that in roughly maybe a six-week period that we will have a pitcher back if he responds positively.”

Added Cashman: “If he’s a failed rehab, certainly it does not rule out that Tommy John would be the recommendation. If the pain doesn’t subside or it comes back like he’s currently experiencing right now, continuing to reappear, then I think the rehab and recommendation factors would change.”

Manager Joe Girardi said he is keeping his “fingers crossed” that Tanaka returns this season to a rotation that saw CC Sabathia ruled out for the season only days earlier. Already, the team lost starters Ivan Nova for the season and Michael Pineda until at least August.

Tanaka has not been the same since allowing a game-deciding home run to Mike Napoli in the ninth inning of New York’s 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on June 28. Since then, he’s allowed 20 hits and 10 runs in 13 2/3 innings. After starting the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, he’s 1-3 with a 4/25 ERA in his last four outings — the last two of which came on the standard four days’ rest after he was given an additional day off between nine of his first 14 starts.

“I think we managed him the best we could,” Girardi said. “We were careful. We did everything we could to give him extra rest and not have him throw too many pitches. And we’ll continue to do that because we know we’ve got to keep him healthy.”

Tanaka was signed to a seven-year, $155 million deal in January after being posted by his Japanese team, and he had rejuvenated the Yankees before his recent struggles.

“I’m certainly disappointed for our player,” Cashman said. “I’m disappointed for our organization. He’s an important piece.

“It’s a disappointing situation and one that none of us wanted to be talking about or experiencing. Unfortunately, the facts are the facts.”

— The trial in Los Angeles regarding the sale of the Clippers was postponed Thursday for two weeks, putting the closing date past the deadline to finish the $2 billion sale as set by buyer Steve Ballmer.

However, Ballmer’s attorney said there is a provision to extend the deadline assuming there is progress in court.

The delay was due to two of Donald Sterling‘s lawyers having plans for personal time — a vacation and a wedding anniversary. The next hearing is set for July 21 and closing arguments will be heard one week after that.

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: brian cashman, Donald Sterling, Joe Girardi, Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs 10.02.13 at 11:38 am ET
By   |  Comments Off on Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs

Despite missing the playoffs for the first time since Joe Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008, New York wants its manager back.

The Yankees finished 85-77 and in third place in the AL East. But between injuries to key players like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis; the departures of a number of vital players from the 2012 AL East winning team; and the intense battle between Alex Rodriguez, MLB and the Yankees, the fact that Girardi kept New York in contention for a wild card spot was an impressive accomplishment.

“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday. “I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us. He’s been a coach, a broadcaster and obviously a world champion manager. So we’ve benefited from having him and we’d like to do that going forward, but we’ll have to speak with him and see how it plays out.”

Girardi, 48, signed a three-year, $9 million extension at the end of the 2010 season, which expires on Oct. 31. New York may have to compete with the Cubs who recently fired coach Dale Sveum, and are believed to be interested in Girardi.

Girardi has posted a 564-408 record as the Yankees manager, and his team claimed the 2009 World Series.

Read More: alex rodriguez, brian cashman, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter
Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mariano Rivera bids emotional goodbye to Yankee Stadium 09.27.13 at 7:56 am ET
By   |  1 Comment

Welcome to Friday’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)
College football: Utah State at San Jose State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Middle Tennessee at BYU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL preseason: Flyers at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Rangers at Kings, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLS: Philadelphia at Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘€¢ Throughout his farewell tour in the major leagues this year, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been reserved and unemotional. Thursday night, however, the tears were flowing as he left the Yankee Stadium mound for the final time.

Rivera entered the game in the eighth — with the voice of late PA man Bob Sheppard introducing him and “Enter Sandman” blaring over the speakers — to a standing ovation from the 48,675 fans, his teammates and the Rays players.

Then, with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-0 loss, longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte walked to the mound to take out Rivera. He laughed at first, then shared a long embrace with Pettitte, burying his head into Pettitte’s shoulder as he sobbed.

“I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn’t describe,” Rivera said afterward. “Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before.”

Said Pettitte: He didn’t say anything at first, and I didn’t expect for him to be quite so emotional. He broke down, gave me a bear hug, and I bear-hugged him back. He was really crying. He was weeping. ‘€¦ I felt like he didn’t want to let go.”

The 43-year-old Panamanian, who has an MLB-best 652 saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in his 19-year career, shared hugs with his coaches and teammates in the dugout before being guided back out to the field for another ovation.

“He made my job fun,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He made my job easy. And he made all of our lives better.”

‘€¢ Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was in the running for an analyst job with TBS for the Major League Baseball playoffs. However, when the network announced its lineup earlier this week, Valentine’s name was absent.

According to New York Newsday, Valentine lost the opportunity due to his bizarre, self-serving comments on Sept. 11 when he criticized the Yankees for not being as visible as the Mets in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001.

The studio crew consists of Keith Olbermann, Tom Verducci and Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez.

Said a TBS spokesman: “Bobby was one of a number of candidates being considered for the role, but we elected to go with the team of Keith, Pedro and Tom, and we’re very excited about that combination in studio for us.”

‘€¢ Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that he will retire in January 2015 after 22 years at the helm.

Selig, 79, has made previous statements about retiring only to change his mind. This time, he offered a specific date and said he will offer a transition plan soon.

Selig has his critics, but revenue has grown from $1.7 billion when he took over to $8 billion now.

“I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 27, 1977, which player recorded his 30th save to break the Red Sox single-season record set in 1964 by Dick Radatz?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Andy Pettitte, bobby valentine, bud selig, Derek Jeter
Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez booed, lifted as Yankees eliminated 09.26.13 at 7:47 am ET
By   |  4 Comments

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NFL: 49ers at Rams, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
College football: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Iowa State at Tulsa, 7:30 p.m. (FS1)
NHL preseason: Bruins at Jets, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
NHL preseason: Rangers at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
WNBA playoffs: Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA playoffs: Phoenix at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘€¢ The Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention during Wednesday’s loss to the Rays, and Alex Rodriguez left the game at Yankee Stadium early because of continued problems with his legs.

Rodriguez, limited to designated hitter due to a strained calf and tight hamstring, was lifted for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning after going 0-for-3 and hearing boos after a fifth-inning strikeout.

“He just told me his legs weren’t great and he was going to take care of them,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I said, OK, go take care of them.”

It might have been A-Rod’s final appearance in a Yankees uniform, as he faces a 211-game ban from Major League Baseball, with an appeal hearing slated to begin Monday.

The team has decisions to make about a number of other players, including pending free agents Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Hiroki Kuroda, Boone Logan, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, as well as the manager.

Said Girardi: “I’m not to the point where I’m looking ahead really beyond today. I don’t know what tomorrow holds or the next day holds. I’m not really worried about the future or next year. My focus is to do the job this year.”

‘€¢ It’s been a rough few days for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Yes, they managed to win their last two games after being embarrassed in the season opener against the Broncos, but an incident on a party bus early Monday morning that included Jacoby Jones getting hit over the head with a champagne bottle swung by a stripper has left the team in damage-control mode.

Retired Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, now an ESPN analyst, weighed in on the situation Monday night, saying the team “is missing leadership right now.” That didn’t sit well with the current players.

Responded quarterback Joe Flacco: “Ray knows better than that. Things happen. I think we’re usually a pretty good team with stuff like that. If you look around the league, there are probably a lot of leadership problems then. So, like I said, Ray knows better.”

Lewis was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor on Sunday, but Flacco said he’s crossed over to the other side.

“Ray is one of them [in the media] for a couple of minutes a well now,” the QB said. “It is what it is.”

Some of the team’s players said they were having fun with Lewis’ comments, but they were careful not to say anything inflammatory about their ex-teammate.

“I didn’t hear the comments, but no, it doesn’t bother me, because we all understand the leadership that we have with our team guys and our team,” offensive lineman Marshal Yanda said. “Obviously, Ray, he was a huge vocal leader and stuff like that and very enthusiastic, and we all love him and miss him. But it’s going to be a different type of leadership [now], obviously. Nobody is going to be able to just jump into Ray Lewis’ role and just try to be exactly the same. But we all have a lot of really good leaders on this team, and we’re not sweating it one bit.”

‘€¢ The Athletics want to move out of Coliseum, which has had flooding and sewage backup problems this year. Commissioner Bud Selig wants the team to move as well, but a proposed relocation to San Jose is being blocked by the neighboring Giants.

Selig didn’t hide his frustration in an interview with CBS Radio’s John Feinstein on Wednesday.

“It’s a pit,” Selig said of the park. “It reminds of old County Stadium [in Milwaukee] and Shea Stadium [in New York]. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”

Added Selig: “It’s far more complex. Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation. Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 26, 1973, which Red Sox speedster stole his 52nd base of the season to tie Tris Speaker‘s single-season club record?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: alex rodriguez, bud selig, Joe Flacco, Joe Girardi
Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees, Orioles managers have angry confrontation 09.10.13 at 8:03 am ET
By   |  4 Comments

Welcome to Tuesday’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 Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Mexico at United States, 7:40 p.m. (ESPN)


‘€¢ Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who famously went on a hypocritical, holier-than-thou rant against Ryan Dempster after the Red Sox pitcher hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last month, continued his crusade against the American League East on Monday, sparking a confrontation with Orioles manager Buck Showalter during the teams’ game in Baltimore.

In the first inning, Girardi walked to the end of his dugout and started yelling at O’s third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs. That didn’t sit well with Showalter, who stormed out of his dugout after the frame, angrily yelling and gesturing at his counterpart. Girardi left his dugout as well, as did the players, before the umpires interceded and issued warnings to both teams.

“He was yelling at the third-base coach,” Showalter said. “Somebody’s wearing black and orange, I’m not going to let that happen.”

Girardi would only say: “It was something that I saw. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Showalter and Dickerson strongly denied any sign-stealing. Dickerson said Girardi yelled at him, “I know what you’re doing.”

“I’m a grown man. I don’t see why he was yelling at me,” Dickerson said. “I just said, ‘You don’t know anything. You don’t even know me to be yelling at me.’ I’m just trying to do my job over there and nobody’s going to yell at me for nothing.”

The O’s won the game, 4-2, putting another dent in New York’s chances to earn a postseason berth. The Yankees trail the Rays by three games for the second wild card, with the Orioles and Indians in their way as well.

‘€¢ Talk after the 49ers’ 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday centered on Clay Matthews‘ late hit on Colin Kaepernick and the way the officials handled it.

After Matthews dove and collided with Kaepernick out of bounds on a run in the second quarter, San Francisco lineman Joe Staley got in Matthews’ face and the two had an angry exchange, with Matthews appearing to be more aggressive, punching and smacking Staley. The officials gave Staley an unsportsmanlike penalty that matched the one on Matthews for the hit, and they negated the play entirely.

The NFL on Monday announced that it was handled incorrectly, that Staley should not have been penalized and the run should have stood.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, meanwhile, voiced his disappointment with Matthews, who had said before the game that Green Bay would target the scrambling Kaepernick.

“Like I said last week, usually a man will tell you his bad intentions if you just listen,” Harbaugh said. “That certainly was a cheap shot, launching, clotheslining to the neck-head area. Bad play.”

Harbaugh also took a shot at Matthews for slapping Staley.

“If you’re going to go to the face, come with knuckles, not an open slap,” the coach said. “I think if that young man works very hard on being a tough guy, he’ll have some repairing to do to his image after the slap.”

Responded Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Clay Matthews is not a dirty player, by no means. I addressed Harbaugh’s comments in the team meeting, and as always, we’ll stay above it.”

‘€¢ The U.S. men’s national soccer team plays Mexico on Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio, in a World Cup qualifying match, and U.S. defender Matt Besler will miss the match after receiving a controversial yellow card in Friday’s loss to Costa Rica.

Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell walked behind Besler, bumped into him and flopped to the ground, claiming to be injured. Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez, who was not near the play as the ball was up the field, jogged over and gave Besler a yellow card after communicating with his linesman. Because it’s Besler’s second yellow in World Cup qualifying play, he has to sit out a game.

Tweeted Besler: It’s difficult putting into words the feeling, but watching the video confirms what I already knew. ‘€¦ I’m extremely disappointed this is the reason I won’t get a chance to represent my country in another Mexico match, with a chance to qualify.

The United States sits in second place in the final CONCACAF qualifying round, one point behind Costa Rica. The top three teams earn automatic berths in the World Cup, while the fourth-place finisher faces New Zealand for another spot.

The incident can be seen at the 5:40 mark.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 10, 1999, Pedro Martinez pitched perhaps his best game ever — a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts and no walks at Yankee Stadium, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory. Which Yankee had the lone hit, a home run in the second inning?

Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Buck Showalter, Clay Matthews, Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh