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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Pedro Martinez says Manny Ramirez must ‘carry the consequences’ of PED use

07.17.15 at 8:00 am ET
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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Nationals, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Club America vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Pedro Martinez, headed for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame next weekend, said Thursday that “probably 60 percent” of major leaguers were using performance-enhancing drugs in the early 2000s, and he acknowledged it likely will prevent fellow Red Sox great Manny Ramirez from joining him in Cooperstown.

“It’s unfortunate for the Dominican Republic, it’s unfortunate for his career and actually for himself,” Martinez said of Ramirez during a conference call. “Because Manny probably loves the game more than anybody else that you can think of.”

Added Martinez: “Manny has a great attitude. He’s very well-liked by a lot of people. He’s a great teammate. He has so many things going in his favor, but he’s going to have to carry the consequences that many more have had to carry. I don’t condone anybody doing anything bad as far as cheating the game.”

Martinez, who went 117-37 with a 2.52 ERA for the Red Sox from 1998 to 2004, said he has no regrets about pitching during the steroid era.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” he said. “There’s no crying.”

Martinez, who will be inducted with former Braves pitcher John Smoltz (who briefly pitched for the Red Sox in the final year of his career), is the first Dominican player to be so honored since Giants pitcher Juan Marichal in 1983.

“The people will see a most unique Hall of Fame induction,” Martinez said. “I’m really excited about the response of the Dominican people. They’ve waited 33 years to see one of their players inducted into the Hall of Fame.”

Martinez also will be honored by the Red Sox by having his No. 45 retired.

“As excited as I am about being in the Hall of Fame, I’€™m really excited about my number being retired, extremely humble and proud,” he said. “It doesn’€™t happen very often, to actually have a number retired forever in the big leagues.”

— Colin Cowherd is the latest big-name personality to part ways with ESPN, with the network announcing Thursday that the host of the “The Herd” midway show on ESPN Radio since 2004 would not be re-signed. Multiple reports indicate he is likely to resurface at Fox Sports.

“We enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best.”

Unlike Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann, whose contracts also were not renewed in the past few months, ESPN reportedly bid aggressively to retain Cowherd but apparently could not beat out Fox. He is expected to have more of a presence on TV with the upstart Fox Sports 1.

— New Penn State football coach James Franklin is making a statement, removing the names from the back of the team’s jerseys for the upcoming season.

The Nittany Lions did not use names for the program’s first 125 years, but when Bill O’Brien took over three years ago, he wanted to do something special for the players who stuck with the team after the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Franklin said those players’ commitment won’t ever be forgotten, but he added that there’s only one name that matters, and that’s Penn State.

The team also is adopting the slogan it used in 2008, when it won the Big Ten championship: “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 17, 1995, which Red Sox right-hander became just the second Sox pitcher to surrender a home run to the first batter he faced in his major league debut, giving up a long ball to Keith Lockhart of the Royals in a 4-3 loss?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s important to me to leave the game healthy. I’m able to be here for my kids and walk away on my own terms. I feel like I got everything I could out of football in playing 10 years, winning a Super Bowl, and playing alongside some truly great players.” — Offensive lineman Dan Connolly, in announcing his decision to retire after eight seasons with the Patriots

STAT OF THE DAY: 50 — Games Red Sox minor league pitcher Michael Kopech was suspended after testing positive for a banned drug

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In a public service video to demonstrate why you should never leave your dog in a hot car, Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu tries to tough it out inside a vehicle while the temperature quickly soars well over 100 degrees.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jeff Suppan

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Nicolette Larson was born on this day in 1952.

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