Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Jerry Manuel fires back at Joe Torre

September 22, 2010 - 3:24 am

Welcome to Wednesday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY: MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI) MLS: Revolution at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ After learning that outgoing Dodgers manager Joe Torre publicly admitted to having interest in the Mets managerial job that undoubtedly will become open after this season, current Mets manager Jerry Manuel criticized Torre and questioned his integrity. It doesn't help Manuel that the underachieving Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on the same day he blasted the apologetic Torre. '™¦ Even in death, George Steinbrenner is controversial. His newly unveiled plaque at Yankee Stadium's Monument Park is substantially larger than those around it. A number of people have started to complain about that Steinbrenner's tribute should not dwarf those for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and other Yankees legends. '™¦ A Texas man named Kelly Blair, who had sued the authors of a book about Roger Clemens' fall from grace, withdrew his $25 million lawsuit after Andy Pettitte's father detailed his purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from him. '™¦ Patriots fans might be encouraged by Clark Judge's story at in which he writes that NFL teams don't need a running game to be successful. '™¦ USA Today has a piece on how colleges are using mandatory student fees to boost college sports budgets and keeping the details hidden. '™¦ In The New York Times, Elizabeth Olson writes about how sports teams are connecting with fans via electronic devices. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Sept. 22, 1974, which Red Sox reliever set a team record for strikeouts thrown in relief with 12 in 7 2/3 innings vs. the Orioles? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I'll be ready to go by spring training. I'll come back stronger, faster and a better baseball player next spring. You have to take the best out of everything. That's the way I'm looking at it." '€” Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury STAT OF THE DAY: 0.32 '€” Clay Buchholz' ERA in his last four starts vs. the Orioles this season, including Tuesday night's performance 'NET RESULTS: Impressive back-heel goal in an indoor soccer game. Braves outfielder Matt Diaz helps subdue a man in a red bodysuit who ran onto the field in Philadelphia. TRIVIA ANSWER: Diego Segui SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joan Jett turns 52 Wednesday.