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Wednesday, June 9

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Phils' Werth upset with Manuel

On a night the Phillies offense came alive, slumping Jayson Werth had a seat. Werth said he was OK with the move, but he did take umbrage with a comment [Charlie] Manuel made in response to a pregame question about the rightfielder's contract situation. When asked if he thought Werth's upcoming free agency -- he is expected to be one of the top outfielders available this offseason -- might be weighing on his mind, Manuel responded: "In some ways, it has to. I definitely think that." ... After the game, Werth said Manuel's comments bothered him. "I don't think anyone can sit there and say they know what I'm thinking," Werth said. (Philadelphia Daily News)Comment

Jets say they can afford Revis

While a report suggests the Jets are hindered by "budgetary restrictions" set by owner Woody Johnson, General manager Mike Tannenbaum says his hands are not tied in negotiations with Darrelle Revis. "Woody has always provided us with the resources that we need to compete for a championship," Tannenbaum said. "That has not changed and I don't foresee a time when it ever will change." The Jets have planned to make sure they are positioned to sign their core players such as Nick Mangold, David Harris, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Revis to long-term deals that work for both sides, according to one league source. (New York Daily News)Comment

Hall odds stacked against Strasburg

While the Hall of Fame enters the Stephen Strasburg discussion after his MLB debut, even if things change by the time he gets there, he'll be lonely among No. 1 picks. Amazingly, no No. 1 overall pick in baseball's draft is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Hall of Fame points out. The highest draftee enshrined in Cooperstown is Reggie Jackson, who was picked No. 2 overall by the Oakland A's in 1966. Late Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett (1982) and former Brewer, Blue Jay and Twin Paul Molitor (1977) from St. Paul are among three players who were No. 3 overall picks elected to Cooperstown. The other is ex-Brewer Robin Yount (1973). (Saint Paul Pioneer Press)Comment

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Stephen Strasburg certainly didn't disappoint in his MLB debut, racking up an astounding 14 strikeouts in seven innings pitched. After the game, the phenom donned an Elvis wig (a Nationals ritual for each game's MVP) and received a shaving-cream facial from teammate John Lannan. (AP)

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This Day in Sports

  • 1914 -- Honus Wagner becomes the second player to accumulate 3,000 hits.
  • 1946 -- Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in the eighth round for the heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1973 -- Secretariat becomes first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning horse racing's Belmont Stakes.
  • 1978 -- Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1985 -- 39th NBA championship: Lakers beat Celtics, 4 games to 2.