Wednesday's Morning Mashup: Rays reliever Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar on glove

June 20, 2012 - 3:55 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: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI) MLB: Braves at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network) MLB: Cardinals at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) MLB: Cubs at White Sox, 8 p.m. (WGN) NHL: Awards show, 7 p.m. (NBCSN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ Rays pitcher Joel Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night's 5-4 victory over the Nationals after umpires found "a significant amount of pine tar" on his glove when he entered the game in the eighth inning. Peralta, who pitched for the Nationals in 2010, appears to have been exposed by a former teammate, as Washington manager Davey Johnson requested the inspection after "a rumor that he liked a little pine tar." Peralta tipped his cap to the Nationals dugout as he left the field. "Good for them," he said later. "They still lose the game." Rays manager Joe Maddon insisted that it's a "common practice" for pitchers to use pine tar, and he called Johnson's actions "cowardly." Maddon also requested a check of Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus' glove in the ninth inning (umpires found nothing). "Insider trading, man. It's bush," Maddon said. "It's bogus. That's way too easy, right there." '™¦ Controversial wide receiver Plaxico Burress remains unsigned, but he insists it's because he's looking for the "right fit." "I'€™ve been around and I understand the game from a mental standpoint, I'€™m very knowledgeable about the guys out there that are playing," Burress told Charlotte radio station WFNZ. "I know what they do well and what they don'€™t do well and I just want to put myself in a position to go out and have success and to go out and make guys around me better. And obviously play with a quarterback who can really play the position. It'€™s about me picking my spots and seeing where I'€™m a good fit." Burress, who said he would "love to come play" in Carolina, had 45 catches for 612 last season with the Jets after returning following a prison sentence for bringing a gun to a nightclub that caused him to miss two seasons. "I'€™m going to be better than that this year,'€ said Burress, who also has played for the Steelers and Giants. '€œTeams haven'€™t seen me, what kind of shape I'€™m in, haven'€™t seen me work out, and all I keep doing is going and going. I have my legs back and everybody is going to be in for a pleasant surprise when I hit the football field this year." '™¦ A juror in the Roger Clemens trial spoke Tuesday and said the government was fighting an uphill battle from the start, because the jurors "didn't see anything to be prosecuted." Meanwhile, defense attorney Rusty Hardin said he and other lawyers met with jurors at a Washington sports bar Monday night and they "agreed with everything I have been screaming about for 4½ years." Said Hardin: "The government shouldn't have done it. It was totally wrong." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 20, 1980, the Angels routed the Red Sox, 20-2. Which unlikely Angels infielder led the onslaught with three home runs and a double? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't know to define toxic. It's too big a word for me. I'm not going to comment on people's articles. I don't even comment on [Boston media] articles. Why would I comment on somebody who I don't think knows anything." -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, on ESPN writer Buster Olney's story claiming that the Red Sox clubhouse is toxic STAT OF THE DAY: 3,778 -- Career hits for Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki -- including 1,278 in nine seasons in the Japanese Pacific League -- after he recorded his 2,500 major league hit in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks 'NET RESULTS: Giants pitcher Matt Cain appears on "Late Show With David Letterman" to read a top 10 list of "Things I want to achieve now that I've thrown a perfect game." TRIVIA ANSWER: Light-hitting 5-foot-4 shortstop Freddie Patek, who finished his career with 36 home runs SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lionel Ritchie turns 63 Wednesday.