Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Alex Rodriguez's lawyer calls out MLB for 'publicity stunt'

August 20, 2013 - 4:12 am

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: Red Sox at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Rays at Orioles, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) Little League Baseball: Czech Republic vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: Chinese Taipei vs. Panama, 4 p.m. (ESPN) Little League Baseball: Washington vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m. (ESPN) WNBA: Minnesota Lynx at Atlanta Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV) WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Seattle Storm, 10 p.m. (ESPN2) Soccer: UEFA Champions, AC Milan at Eindhoven, 2:30 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: CONCACAF Champions, Houston vs. W Connection, 8 p.m. (FS1) AROUND THE WEB: '€¢ A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez called out Major League Baseball for "a cheap publicity stunt" after he was presented on live television with an agreement to waive confidentiality, despite claiming that he has been asking for precisely that for weeks. Joe Tacopina was appearing NBC's "Today" show when host Matt Lauer handed him the form. Tacopina first said he needed time to read through it. Later, he said he could not agree to such a request without first getting approval from the players' association. "The letter was nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt," Tacopina said in a statement. "The letter that was addressed to my law office with the words 'Via Hand Delivery' on top was in fact never delivered to my office but was instead given to the 'Today' show, which in and of itself is yet another violation of the confidentiality clause of the JDA. They know full well that they have to address the letter to the MLBPA and such a waiver would require the MLBAPA to be party of the agreement and signatures. It's nothing but a theatrical trap hoping I would sign knowing that I couldn't and in fact would have me breaching the JDA agreement if I did." The letter suggests the league has information about Rodriguez's links to the three men at the center of the biggest sports PED scandals of the last decade. The letter reads: "We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez's entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez's treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte." Tacopina also claimed Monday that the Yankees knew Rodriguez had a torn hip labrum when he played in the 2012 playoffs, and he presented Lauer with what he said was an MRI of the hip. The Yankees have said they didn't know the extent of the injury until after the postseason. Tacopina said he would advise Rodriguez, who is appealing his 211-game suspension, to not accept a suspension of "one inning." '€¢ Milwaukee law student Ralph Sasson, a former friend and college classmate of Ryan Braun, is suing the Brewers outfielder, claiming Braun did not initially pay him and then disparaged him after he helped the player fight a failed a drug test. Sasson said he was hired in November 2011 by Braun's agent, Onesimo Balelo, to do legal research in an effort to clear Braun after his positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Sasson claims the agent asked him to investigate the sample collector and Braun asked him to prank call two journalists who were working on a story about the test. Sasson said Balelo would not pay the full amount he was owed -- $2,000 for research and $5,000 if Braun was exonerated -- after the suspension was overturned in February 2012. Sasson eventually was paid, but he said Braun lied about the end of their friendship. "Braun has engaged in advancing the proposition that the reason for his falling out with Sasson was because Sasson had been rude to staff at Miller Park; Braun had received word that complaints had been filed due to Sasson's abhorrent behavior; that Sasson had 'acted like an ass,' and that Sasson is crazy," Sasson claims in the suit, for which he is seeking $10,000 for defamation and emotional distress. '€¢ A lawyer representing Penn State said Monday that he expects 24 more settlements this week between individuals claiming to have been abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The first settlement of the 31 who have reached out to the school was announced over the weekend. The school has set aside about $60 million to pay claims, with more weight given to claims that happened after 2001, when a graduate assistant coach informed school officials learned of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy in a locker room shower. "It's what did Penn State know and what duty did they have?" attorney Michael Rozen said. "What did they know, when did they know it, and what duty -- if any -- did they have to act, and to what extent?" ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 20, 1967, in one of the more memorable days during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Angels, winning Game 2 by a 9-8 score after trailing 8-0. Which clutch-hitting Red Sox infielder hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't expect them to do anything. My view is that it was not intentional." -- Red Sox manager John Farrell, asked Monday if he expects Major League Baseball will punish Ryan Demspter for hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch a night earlier STAT OF THE DAY: 2 -- Consecutive losses for the Dodgers following Monday's 6-2 setback vs. the Marlins, marking the first time in two months Los Angeles has lost two straight 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Running backs Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch star as their fathers in this commercial for Madden 25. Austin Richmond, a wide receiver at Crater High School in Central Point, Ore., catches passes while doing backflips. At a dunk contest in Latvia, Suns guard Shannon Brown attempts to jump over three people but slips and falls. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jerry Adair SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Isaac Hayes was born on this day in 1942.