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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez’s request to play field in Yankees finale denied 08.12.16 at 8:04 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: Diamondbacks at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (Fox)
MLB: Tigers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: New England semifinals, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Lions at Steelers, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Raiders at Cardinals, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
Olympics: Men’s water polo, United States vs. Montenegro, 10:40 a.m. (USA Network)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 1 p.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s basketball, United States vs. Canada, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s basketball, United States vs. Serbia, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Swimming, 9 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Alex Rodriguez will play his final game with the Yankees on Friday night — after going 0-for-4 with an RBI ground out in Thursday’s 4-2 victory over the Red Sox (while being lustily booed) — and he’ll be back at designated hitter, despite his request to play the field one last time.

Rodriguez told reporters at Fenway on Thursday that he was hoping to play third base in his finale at Yankee Stadium, but it won’t go down that way.

“Tuesday I came into [manager Joe Girardi’s] office and he told me what the plan was,” Rodriguez said. “And I said, ‘Any chance I can play third base on Friday?’ He just said, ‘No.’

“It would’ve been fun. It wasn’t a big request. I get that we’re still [trying to win] games. I totally get the answer.”

Rodriguez has started at third base only 29 times since 2012 and hasn’t taken many ground balls there lately.

“I mean, we thought about it, but he hasn’t done any work,” Girardi explained. “And we’re still in the business of trying to win games here. It’s not like I wouldn’t like to see it, but we’re still in that part of the season where we’re trying to win this.”

Rodriguez, who agreed to serve as an adviser to the Yankees after Friday, will become a free agent upon his release, which comes with a $27 million parting gift as his contract runs through next season. There has been speculation that he could sign with his hometown Marlins in an attempt to hit some milestones (he’s four home runs away from 700), but he said he hasn’t through about that possibility.

“At this point, I’ve been so focused on this week,” Rodriguez said. “I have plenty of emotion. I don’t have any time or energy to focus on anything else. I’m just really looking forward to my last seven or eight at-bats.”

Added Rodriguez: “I’m sure I’ll wake up in the morning and it will be very emotional. My family, my girls get in at mid-day. [Friday] is about me thanking the fans for putting up with me for such a long time. They’ve been with me through thick and thin.”

— Patrick Roy surprised the Avalanche on Thursday by announcing he is stepping down as coach and vice president of hockey operations due to disagreements within the organization.

In a statement released through a Quebec-based public relations agency, the Hall of Fame goalie said: “I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team’s performance. These conditions are not currently met.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez opens up, admits he ‘acted like an ass’ in fighting PED suspension 08.11.16 at 8:14 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: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Padres at Pirates, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Orioles at Athletics, 3:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball: New England semifinals, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Saints at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV, NFL Network)
Olympics: Men’s volleyball, United States vs. Brazil, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Women’s field hockey, United States vs. India, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Men’s beach volleyball, United States vs. Italy, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s beach volleyball, United States vs. Russia, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s water polo, United States vs. China, 10 a.m. (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s gymnastics individual all-around, 8 p.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Alex Rodriguez finally made a plate appearance at Fenway Park, pinch-hitting in the seventh inning Wednesday and flying out during the Yankees’ 9-4 victory. He was received with loud boos from the Fenway crowd, which for the second straight night implored manager Joe Girardi to play the retiring slugger with chants of “We want A-Rod.”

Before the game, New York radio station WFAN aired an interview with Rodriguez in which he acknowledged he “acted like an ass” two years ago after his connections to the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug facility in Florida were revealed, leading to him being suspended for the entire 2014 season. Rodriguez sent his attack dogs after a number of people to whom he was close, including his cousin and confidante Yuri Sucart, and filed lawsuits against the Yankees, Major League Baseball, then-commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association in a desperate attempt to avoid punishment.

“I’m upset about the mistakes, and I’m disappointed,” Rodriguez told WFAN’s Suzyn Waldman. “But I’m even more disappointed that I acted like an ass.”

Added A-Rod: “I hope to be able to pay it forward and let youngsters know about my mistakes.”

Rodriguez said he remembered Waldman encouraging him after his ban was over.

“You said to me, ‘Alex, I want to see that young man who was full of life with a great smile,’ ” Rodriguez recalled. “I’ve done everything in my power to try to be that kid again.”

Meanwhile, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was peppered with questions about his decision not to start Rodriguez for the first two games of this series after saying at Rodriguez’s Sunday press conference that A-Rod would play. Girardi has admitted getting caught up in the emotion Sunday before changing his mind.

“My job description does not entail a farewell tour,” Girardi said Wednesday. “My job description is to try to win every game and to try to put everyone in the best possible position to do that, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Added Girardi: “I have a responsibility to the game of baseball. No one individual is ever bigger than this game. No one. No one. No one.”

— Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall was suspended by the school for his actions in an exhibition game Tuesday against McGill University in Montreal. Marshall, frustrated with the officiating, became irate and caused a scene on the court after receiving his second technical foul and being ejected. Assistant coaches and players tried to hold back Marshall, but he pushed them away and appeared to become angry with them, not leaving until he got his chance to have his say with the officials.

“I’m definitely not proud of my reaction to that situation, but at some point your players have to know you’re going to stand up for them and you’ve got some fight in you,” Marshall told the Wichita Eagle after the game, which Wichita rallied to win. “Once I reacted, I said, ‘I might as well get my money’s worth.’ ”

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Despite trade deadline sell-off, Yankees manager Joe Girardi insists, ‘This organization never waves a white flag’ 08.01.16 at 8:21 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: Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Mets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: Exhibition, United States vs. Nigeria, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

— Yankees manager Joe Girardi continues to insist his team has a chance this season, but the actions of the past few days have made it clear that the team has begun a rebuilding process with an eye toward the distant future.

Less than a week after shipping closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for four prospects, the Yankees continued to dismantle their heralded bullpen, sending Andrew Miller to the Indians for another four minor leaguers. And there are rumors that veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran is on the block (with the Red Sox among the teams said to have interest).

General manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that the days of loading up through free agency have passed, as MLB rules changes have made that strategy a less viable one.

“The chessboard that’s lined up that we’re playing is not the same chessboard that we were playing back when I just started in the late ’80s,” Cashman told reporters Sunday after the Miller trade. “It’s a recognition of how the industry’s completely different today and the operating standards are completely different today, and there’s just a sounder recognition of that. And if you want to become a super team, there’s certain ways to go about that that you have to strongly consider. And although they may be tough decisions, the one thing the Yankees have always stood for and do stand for is the effort in trying to become a super team.”

Added Cashman: “We’re trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uber team and a sustainable one. So we’ll see where it takes us, but that’s the effort that we’ve got going on here, and I think fans should be excited by that.”

After their second straight loss to the last-place Rays, the fourth-place Yankees are 52-52 and in danger of finishing with a losing record for the first time since 1992. But that’s not how Girardi views it.

“I don’t ever wave a white flag. This organization never waves a white flag,” the manager said. “I don’t view it as that, and they better not view it in that room as that.”

— Warriors forward Draymond Green’s eventful offseason continued Sunday when he posted a picture of his penis on Snapchat, then took it down and apologized.

“It was a situation where it was meant to be a private message and kind of hit the wrong button, you know?” Green said before the U.S. Olympic team’s practice in Houston. “Like I said, it was meant to be private, but we’re all one click away from placing something in the wrong place and I suffered from that this morning.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez injured as offensively challenged Yankees lose 6th straight 05.04.16 at 8:08 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: 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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia ‘always going to be recovering’ from alcoholism 12.17.15 at 8:15 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:
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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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.”

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Bruce Bochy baseball’s best manager according to survey, Terry Francona third 07.14.15 at 11:19 am ET
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Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy

According to a recent survey done by ESPN.com, 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.”

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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
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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 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)

AROUND THE WEB:

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

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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.”

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pete Runnels

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

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees irate at Rays after Derek Jeter gets hit again 09.17.14 at 7:59 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: 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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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

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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.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees ‘disappointed’ with elbow injury to Masahiro Tanaka 07.11.14 at 8:18 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: 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)

AROUND THE WEB:

— 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.

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Yankees look to retain manager Joe Girardi amid reports of interest from Cubs 10.02.13 at 11:38 am ET
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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.

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