Thursday's Morning Mashup

September 24, 2009 - 3:35 am

Welcome to Thursday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. The Red Sox knocked off the Royals, 9-2, last night in Kansas City. Josh Beckett gave up 12 hits, but the large majority of them weren't hit hard, which bodes well for Beckett's prospects heading into the postseason, explains Alex Speier in his Five Things We Learned column. If you saw the game, that Sox lineup may become a familiar one, says Rob Bradford. The other big news in Red Sox Nation yesterday? NESN hired another beauty queen to deliver us details about the hometown team. Newton native Jade McCarthy joins the station in January. Nationally, Braves manager Bobby Cox announced that he will retire after the 2010 season. That sound you heard was the party in the umpires' locker room. And suspended Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley apologized for being Milton Bradley. On to football. Chris Price says Tom Brady isn't stupid, and he'll figure out a way to adjust to the problems in Foxboro. Price also talks to Sam Aiken about the Patriots' special teams troubles. In case you missed it yesterday, Kerry Byrne of Cold, Hard Football Facts breaks down the Patriots' mistake in relying too much on Tom Brady while ignoring the run game. Mike Petraglia checks in with a piece on Sunday's opponent, the Falcons, led by former Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. Speaking of BC, Dan Rowinski previews the Eagles' game Saturday against Riley Skinner and Wake Forest. In basketball news, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is buying the New Jersey Nets, making him the first individual from outside North America to own an NBA team. Yesterday in Washington, a documentary about Len Bias debuted, six weeks before a scheduled Nov. 3 showing on ESPN. "Without Bias" details the life and death of the University of Maryland star who died of a cocaine overdose two days after being drafted second overall by the Celtics in 1986. Bias' mother, Lonise, attended the screening. HISTORIVIA: On Sept. 24, 1998, this Red Sox reliever set a major league record by converting his 42nd consecutive save without a blown opportunity, on a night when the Sox clinched a wild card berth. Who is he? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We're still feeling each other out. Obviously, you can'€™t expect him to go out there and he and I to be like me and Jason for three years now." '€” Josh Beckett, on pitching to Victor Martinez instead of Jason Varitek 'NET RESULTS: A day late on this, but here's Jennifer Garner coming through (with one gaffe) by reciting the Red Sox' starting lineup on "The Jay Leno Show." The host was far more forgiving with Garner than "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek was with Cliff Clavin in this classic "Cheers" clip. "Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?" HISTORIVIA ANSWER: Tom Gordon, who finished the season with a Red Sox-record 46 saves and continued his streak into the next season, finishing at 54 consecutive saves without a blown opportunity. SOOTHING SOUNDS: With the Yankees winning in Anaheim yesterday, the Red Sox can forget those hopes of a stirring comeback to win the AL East, and instead start planning on playing the Angels. So, here's "Send Me An Angel," with a freaky video from the Australian new wave band Real Life. Also see: Wednesday's Morning Mashup