Monday's Morning Mashup: Joe Torre says Roger Clemens is deserving of Hall of Fame

July 02, 2012 - 3:28 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 Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN) Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN2) Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN) Swimming: U.S. Olympic trials, 8 p.m. (NBC) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Former Yankees manager Joe Torre, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday for Old-Timers' Day, said he thinks Roger Clemens belongs in the Hall of Fame despite his alleged steroid use. "He is [deserving] to me," Torre said. "I can't make other people look at him, I can just tell you the way I feel about him. I was proud to have him play for me and I respect him." Added Torre: "I'm a little prejudiced on Clemens. He was like a son to me. Unfortunately, the question is always going to be there with him. It's something that's sad for me '€¦ because I disliked him like everyone else until I got a chance to know him. He was a great teammate for these guys and he was very devoted to the team was playing on, and I always respected that." '™¦ White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy allowed three home runs to the Yankees on Saturday, and he voiced his displeasure with the park's hitter-friendly dimensions after suffering a 4-0 loss. "They hit the ball in the air and it's a home run," Peavy said. Peavy added that New York's left-handed hitters are locked in on the short fence in right. "Every guy is standing right on the plate." he said. "How many balls get hit to the left side of the field? None. They have no interest in hitting the ball that way. Except Robinson Cano. That's why he's hitting .300, because he will use the whole field. "Those guys are great hitters, so why wouldn't you? They hit the ball in the air and it's a home run." '™¦ Michael Jordan's son Marcus, who averaged 13.7 points as a junior at Central Florida last season, was arrested in Omaha, Neb., early Sunday after he got into an argument with two women outside a hotel. Police said Jordan was "very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative" and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him. Jordan was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing. '™¦ The New York Daily News has a nice feature on Giants coach Tom Coughlin and his relationship with the family of former Boston College defensive back Jay McGillis, who died of leukemia 20 years ago this month, following Coughlin's first season as BC coach. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 2, 1975, which Red Sox hurler, in a bid to become the third pitcher ever to have a no-hitter in both leagues, came within one out of a no-hitter before allowing a walk and two home runs in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We really want him back and I really think at the end of the day that he will be back because this is such a good fit for him. We need him back and we're trying to get him back. We can offer him more money. Yes, there are a couple of teams way under the cap who might be able to offer more money. But other than that, we can offer him more [than Miami or Memphis]. He already lives here. He knows his role and everything else. It's a stretch for me to see him go somewhere else." -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on free agent guard Ray Allen STAT OF THE DAY: 1 -- Extra-innings wins in six tries this season for the Red Sox, who beat the Mariners in 10 innings Sunday to end the drought 'NET RESULTS: During a rain delay at the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers minor league game Friday, a gust of wind lifted the tarp off the field while grounds crew scrambled to safety. TRIVIA ANSWER: Rick Wise, who had a no-hitter for the Phillies in 1971 SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Gene McFadden (on the left, alongside John Whitehead) was born on this day in 1948.