Monday's Morning Mashup: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson rips 'rehearsed' Ryan Braun

August 19, 2013 - 3:58 am

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 Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI-FM) Little League World Series: Australia vs. Texas, noon (ESPN2) Little League World Series: Chinese Taipei vs. Puerto Rico, 2 p.m. (ESPN) Little League World Series: Delaware vs. Tennessee, 4 p.m. (ESPN) Little League World Series: Panama vs. Canada, 6 p.m. (ESPN2) Little League World Series: Washington vs. Iowa, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NFL preseason: Steelers at Redskins, 8 p.m. (ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '€¢ The spotlight was on Alex Rodriguez on Sunday as the Yankees slugger was involved in a brouhaha at Fenway Park, but the second-most famous player who received a suspension from Major League Baseball this year was the target of some criticism as well. With reports emerging that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun plans to come clean and offer a public apology this week for using performance-enhancing drugs, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson had some harsh words for the player. "If I get a chance to see Braun, I've got a question for him right to his face, you know?" Gibson said before his team's game Sunday against the Pirates. "Is he about rehearsed [enough] by now, you think? About ready to come out? He's probably practicing at the theater school somewhere. Just you look at how things like that can influence people's opportunities and an opportunity to do something like that." Gibson is upset that Braun's play helped Milwaukee oust Arizona from the 2011 playoffs, the same month Braun first tested positive -- but had that result thrown out because the tester did not follow protocol. Braun went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Brewers' 3-2, 10-inning victory in the deciding Game 5. "I mean, all things considered, we should have won a game," Gibson said of that Game 5. "All things considered, the last game, we tied them up and had a chance to win it. But there were other times in my career where I did overcome cheaters with my teammates. We had our chance." Gibson initially supported Braun after he tested positive, saying he should get the benefit of the doubt. "I'd been listening to his line of [expletive]," Gibson said. "So, you take it at face value." '€¢ The Nets have been doing their best to upstage the Knicks in New York, but Knicks guard Raymond Felton said his team will always have the inside track on the hearts of the Big Apple. "They will never over the city. Because we've got 'New York' on our chest," Felton said Sunday at a charity event at St. John's University. "They've got 'Brooklyn' on their chest, and we've got 'New York.' They'll never take over the city." Paul Pierce, traded from the Celtics to the Nets this summer, said earlier this month, "I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city." Said Felton: "[Pierce] that is just him talking. At the end of the day, it's all about rivalries. We understand that -- he knows that, I know that. He's just trying to fuel it." Added Felton: "He's just trying to talk, talk, talk, to fuel the rivalry, which is good. I love it. I think it's good for us, it's good for the whole state, it's good. So, whatever -- I love it. "I don't really pay no attention to what Paul is saying. I hear about it, but I don't pay it no attention. It's all fun and games to me." '€¢ The Patriots aren't the only AFC East team with an issue at tight end. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season after injuring his knee in Saturday night's preseason game vs. the Texans. Keller, who signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with Miami this year after spending his first five seasons with the Jets, reportedly tore his ACL, MCL and PCL and dislocated his knee after a hit by rookie safety D.J. Swearinger on an incomplete pass. Swearinger said he went low on Keller in an attempt to avoid a penalty. "With the rules in this era you've got to hit low," Swearinger said. "If I would have hit him high, I would have gotten a fine. So, I think I made the smartest play. I'm sorry it happened and I pray he has a speedy recovery. '€¦ Right now it's just instinct. You see somebody come across the middle, you've got to go low. You're going to cost your team 15 yards. You've got to play within the rules." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 19, 1921, which baseball legend recorded his 3,000th hit against the Red Sox? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Whether you like me or hate me, what's wrong is wrong. That was unprofessional and silly." -- Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, on being hit by a pitch from Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in Sunday night's game STAT OF THE DAY: 8 and 2 -- Career world championship gold and silver medals for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who grabbed three golds Sunday in Moscow to become the most decorated athlete in the history of the world championships 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From Sunday night's NFL preseason game, Colts receiver Reggie Wayne scores a touchdown after Giants cornerback Aaron Ross falls while trying to pick off a pass and deflects it into the end zone. USC wide receiver Aaron Minor reaches around the defender -- literally around the defender -- to make a circus catch during a scrimmage. Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is in midseason form at the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am in Seattle. TRIVIA ANSWER: Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb, who would finish his career with 4,189 hits SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillan was born on this day in 1945.