Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Oil Can Boyd claims daily drug use in 1986 with Red Sox

May 02, 2012 - 4:04 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. WEDNESDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Rangers at Blue Jays, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cubs at Reds, 7 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN) NBA playoffs: Jazz at Spurs, 7 p.m. (TNT) NBA playoffs: Pacers at Magic, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA playoffs: Clippers at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. (TNT) NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) NHL playoffs: Coyotes at Predators, 9 p.m. (CNBC) MLS: Rapids at Revolution, 8 p.m. (CSNNE) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Oil Can Boyd said during an interview with ESPN's Buster Olney that he used crack cocaine every day of the 1986 season with the Red Sox, and that the team was aware of his problem. "I would come into the ballpark, [team doctor Arthur Pappas] would call me in the back and he ask me, 'How you feel? Did you do some last night?' And I was honest with him, 'Yes I did,' " Boyd said in the interview, which aired on ESPN's "E:60" program Tuesday. The mercurial Boyd, who won 16 games for the American League champions that season, said that he was never tested for drugs, because there was no need for it. "Because I was honest about what I was doing and told 'em to leave me alone and I'll be all right," Boyd said, adding: "I'm killing myself but they loved my ability and my talent '€¦ so they condoned it." Boyd said he smoked crack in the clubhouse before pitching against the A's in Oakland in a May game and hid the drugs inside his hat while in the game. He also said that he went right to a crack house after manager John McNamara informed him he would not be starting Game 7 of the World Series against the Mets. Boyd, who is releasing an autobiography next month, added that he is not thankful for Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier because it led to the demise of Negro League baseball, which Boyd said he preferred. '™¦ Amar'e Stoudemire apologized for injuring his hand after the Knicks' Game 2 loss to the Heat, and he is out for Game 3 Thursday in New York following a procedure by a hand surgeon to repair a small muscle. Although a witness to the incident told ESPN, "Half of his hand was just hanging off. '€¦ Blood was just squirting out," after Stoudemire punched a glass fire extinguisher case on the way to the locker room, the Knicks are only listing him as doubtful for Game 4. "We have all done things out of anger that we regret," Stoudemire tweeted. "That makes us human. Bad timing on my part. Sorry guys. This [too] shall pass." Stoudemire, who reportedly irked his team when he hurt his back attempting a trick dunk in warmups before Game 2 of last year's first-round series against the Celtics, attempted nine shots in Monday's game, while teammate Carmelo Anthony shot the ball 26 times. According to an official with the Suns, Stoudemire's former team, that might have been what upset the player more than the loss. "When I heard what happened I turned to my friend and said, 'I bet Amar'e didn't get 10 shots," the official told the New York Daily News. "Then I saw the box score. I'm not surprised. Amar'e can be very emotional." However, Steve Kerr, who was general manager of the Suns during Stoudemire's tenure in Phoenix, refused to pile on the criticism. '€œI keep seeing people say that this was such a selfish act, but it wasn'€™t selfish at all,'€ Kerr told Yahoo! Sports. '€œSelfish is when you know what you'€™re doing is going to hurt the team. But Amar'€™e hurt the team by accident, out of his frustration with the game. Hey, he made a poor decision on what to swing at.'€ '™¦ Andy Pettitte testified Tuesday in Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington, insisting, "Roger had mentioned to me that he had taken HGH." Clemens' former teammate with the Yankees and Astros, Pettitte avoided making eye contact with Clemens during the testimony, which is scheduled to continue Wednesday. Pettitte also repeated his admission that he used HGH in 2002 and again in 2004. "I wish I never would've," he said. "If I hadn't done it, I wouldn't be here today." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 2, 1995, the Red Sox posted an 8-0 victory over the Yankees. The runs came on a pair of grand slams by John Valentin and Mo Vaughn, who previously were college teammates at which Big East school? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The only way we were going to win a game like this without Ray and Rondo was if Paul had a game like this." -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers, after Pierce scored 36 points in Tuesday's 87-80 victory over the Hawks STAT OF THE DAY: 4 -- Steals of third base by the A's in Tuesday's game vs. the Red Sox 'NET RESULTS: A Patriots fan gets a tattoo of his favorite Pats players as Lego characters. TRIVIA ANSWER: Seton Hall SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lesley Gore turns 66 Wednesday.