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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez homers in home debut for Triple-A Iowa Cubs

07.01.14 at 8:01 am ET

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MLB: Cubs at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Blue Jays1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Athletics at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
World Cup soccer: United States vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Argentina vs. Switzerland, noon (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at Los Angeles Sparks, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews)


Manny Ramirez made his home debut for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on Monday night and it was a good one. The former Red Sox star went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run off Royals prospect Sugar Ray Marimon. The Cubs rallied to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers, 7-6, in 10 innings, although Ramirez was not around for the comeback as he was removed in the eighth for a pinch runner.

Ramirez played in his first game for the team last Thursday (going 0-for-4 but reaching base on an error) after working out for a few weeks to get back in game shape. He’s serving as a player-coach, scheduled to make occasional appearances in the lineup while mentoring the team’s top prospects.

Asked Monday what he’s advising the young players, Ramirez — who twice was suspended by MLB for violent the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs — said: “Do the right thing, bro. Follow the rules. That’s it.”

Added Ramirez: “When you love the game and you want to help young players and give them your testimonial and the things that you went through so they don’t go through that, it’s easy,” Ramirez said. “When you come here and you’re helping young players grow up and see them go to the next level, I think that’s such a joy for yourself, to come and help somebody else. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s who you’re going to be.”

Cubs president Theo Epstein joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning and spoke glowingly of Ramirez, who claims to be a new man after finding religion.

“Manny gave me as many problems as he gave anyone, probably besides [former Red Sox manager Terry Francona] in his time in Boston. He’s responsible for most of the gray hairs on my head. So it’s not something that we entered into lightly,” Epstein said. “But people do change. I talked a lot to Manny, and he seemed like a completely different guy. ‘€¦ He’s grown for the better. He’s open and honest about all the mistakes he’s made in the past and he wants to fix that by being a positive influence on young players.”

— The trial pitting Donald Sterling against his estranged wife will begin next Monday after lawyers for both sides agreed to no longer make an issue of the banned Clippers owner’s mental capacity.

Donald Sterling had been examined by two doctors called by Shelly Sterling who declared him incapacitated, but he since has found a physician to indicate he is competent following a weekend examination, his lawyer said.

The trial will focus on if Shelly Sterling complied with the terms of The Sterling Family Trust when she had Donald removed as a co-trustee, and if she had the legal right to sell the team after Donald exercised his right to revoke the trust agreement on June 9.

Shelly Sterling’s legal team claimed the latest development will work to her benefit.

“We’re very pleased the judge has agreed with us that this trial should have a very limited focus,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

— The NCAA announced Monday that it is reopening its 2011 investigation into the academic scandal involving student-athletes at the University of North Carolina.

“The NCAA has determined that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might now be willing to speak with the enforcement staff,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.

The individuals referenced are believed to be two administrators who worked in the school’s African and Afro-American Studies department, which reportedly had a large number of athletes in its classes and did not require athletes to attend some classes for an entire semester. Those administrators previously were not cooperative with school investigations but have since spoke to former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein, who is conducting an independent probe.

Wainstein said he has met me with NCAA officials to share his findings.

“We will continue to provide the NCAA with any relevant information that we learn during the remainder of our investigation,” Wainstein said in a statement. “‘€¦ The shared information is subject to the NCAA’s confidentiality rules, and it will not be disclosed to university personnel or anyone else until we issue our public report.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 1, 1973, during a 9-5 loss to the Brewers, which player who was in his third and final season with the Red Sox (and the final season of his 18-year major league career) stole his 500th career base?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For some of the guys, it’s the last opportunity, so we have to make the most of it. And I’m sure if we play to the best of our ability, we’ll get a positive result.” — U.S. captain Clint Dempsey, on Tuesday’s World Cup match vs. Belgium

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Runs allowed by Cubs pitcher Jake Arrietta in 39 1/3 innings in June, following Monday’s 2-0 blanking of the Red Sox in which he came within four outs of a no-hitter

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): With the Tigers trailing the Athletics by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Rajai Davis hits a walkoff grand slam.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Luis Aparicio

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Bobby Day was born on this day in 1928.

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