Tuesday's Morning Mashup: Dodgers place Carl Crawford on DL; Yasiel Puig shines in debut

June 04, 2013 - 4:03 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: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM) MLB: Indians at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cubs at Angels, 10 p.m. (WGN) NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Dodgers outfield Carl Crawford, who strained his left hamstring running out a double in Saturday's game against the Rockies, was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Dodgers on Monday. "At first we thought he would only be out a few days, but after an MRI [Monday] it looks more like weeks," manager Don Mattingly said of the oft-injured former Red Sox outfielder. Crawford is hitting .301/.358/.470 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 51 games for the Dodgers, who are in last place in the National League West at 24-32. On a positive note for LA, the team called up heralded prospect Yasiel Puig, and the 22-year-old Cuban defector came through with a memorable debut in leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Padres on Monday night. Puig, who hit leadoff and played right field, went 2-for-4 and flashed some speed on the basepaths. He also ended the game when he doubled up a runner at first base after making a catch on the warning track. "With all the hype, it's really just amazing the game ends like that," Mattingly said. "Yeah, it surprised me, but that's Hollywood." Said Puig after receiving a curtain call from the Dodger Stadium crowd: "I thank the fans for coming out and being here. I know there's a lot of people in Cuba cheering for me. I'm very happy." '™¦ One day after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Alex Rodriguez would not be able to live up to his 10-year, $275 million contract, owner Hal Steinbrenner weighed in, saying: "It's a big contract to live up to. We all hope he's going to act like a Yankee and do the best he can to live up to it." Like Cashman, Steinbrenner acknowledged that the controversial third baseman has let down the Yankees on occasion. "There have no doubt been times that we'€™ve been disappointed in him and we'€™ve conveyed that to him," Steinbrenner said. "He understands that. Look, everybody is human. Everybody makes mistakes. If you'€™ve got a guy over the course of 10 years, there are going to be times any of us makes mistakes in that period of time." '™¦ Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams, who was stabbed in the stomach and forearm early Saturday morning in Pittsburgh after he confronted three individuals who allegedly were trying to steal his truck, is expected to make a full recovery. "Obviously, it's an unfortunate situation, but he's very blessed to be in the position that he's in," said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who visited his 23-year-old player. The 6-foot-7 Adams told police that three men accosted him shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday morning, one with a knife and another with a handgun. When he told the men he didn't have his car keys, he was stabbed while the gun was pointed at his face. Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Paranay and charged him with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and conspiracy. A second-round pick in 2012 out of Ohio State, Adams appeared in 10 games last season, starting six. He is expected to start this season. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 4, 1976, the Celtics outlasted the Suns in triple overtime, 128-126, in Game 5 of the NBA finals. Who led the C's with 33 points? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's always hard to not get overconfident when you're up like this, but [their talent level is] why you can't get overconfident. They've been in this position before in 2009 where they were able to climb out of the hole. They have more than enough character in their room to do that and we expect their best next game." -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic, after Monday's 6-1 Game 2 rout of the Penguins STAT OF THE DAY: 18 -- Consecutive field goals made by Heat forward Chris Andersen in the series vs. the Pacers until he missed a shot in the first half of Monday's 99-76 Game 7 victory 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A brawl breaks out at a charity soccer game in Germany featuring one-legged players with crutches. TRIVIA ANSWER: Jo Jo White SOOTHING SOUNDS: Michelle Phillips, the last surviving original member of the Mamas & the Papas, was born on this day in 1944.