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4:05 AM ET, August 16, 2006


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Jason Beck /
Bonderman faces Schilling in Game 2  —  Detroit (77-41) at Boston (68-49), 7:05 p.m. ET  —  Jeremy Bonderman came into the Major Leagues hoping to become the kind of pitcher Curt Schilling has been.  He wasn't idolizing Schilling, but he wanted to be that kind of pitcher his team can count on to find a way to gut out a victory.
Associated Press:
Costly victory  —  Polanco separates shoulder as Tigers edge Red Sox  —  BOSTON (AP) — Placido Polanco's injury forced Ivan Rodriguez to play an unfamiliar position and left the Detroit Tigers wondering how the loss of their steady second baseman will affect their playoff run.
Howard Kussoy /   Schilling faces Bonderman in Game 2
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
New life in this old rivalry
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Amanda Branam /
Young aims to even series vs. Giants  —  San Francisco (55-63) at San Diego (60-58) , 7:05 p.m. PT  —  After two consecutive games in which the Padres bats hummed along, they came to a halt on Monday night.  —  The Friars were shut out, 1-0, in the series opener with the Giants …
Associated Press:
Giants-Padres Preview  —  The San Diego Padres did not start their 10-game homestand they way they wanted to.  They return to Petco Park on Tuesday seeking a better result as they continue their set with the San Francisco Giants .  —  Home field has been troublesome for the Padres (60-58), who are a division-worst 28-32 there.
Tom Krasovic / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Padres catch a break: Greene's hand is not broken
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
White Sox drop the ball  —  Defensive lapse, baffled bats end Sox's win streak at 5  —  The White Sox braced themselves for a sixth-inning drop-off from Javier Vazquez.  —  But they didn't envision a defensive letdown or a failure to solve Runelvys Hernandez.
Discussion: Exile in Wrigleyville
Associated Press:
Teahen drives in two with homer, helps Royals knock off ChiSox  —  CBS wire reports  —  CHICAGO — Runelvys Hernandez looked at his past for answers.  —  After looking at tapes from his 2003 season, Hernandez allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings for his first win in four starts …
Mike Fish / ESPN:
Grimsley, D-Backs agree to donate salary to charity … Former major league pitcher Jason Grimsley, released after admitting to federal agents that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs, has reached a settlement with the Arizona Diamondbacks that will pay him all of his remaining salary for the season, has learned.
Larry Celona / New York Post:
LO DUCA TRIES SOME PHILLY  —  CHEESECAKE  —  ME '2,' SAYS BET-PARLOR TEEN  —  It looks like a whopping strike two for soon-to-be divorced Met Paul Lo Duca.  —  Just one week after a 19-year-old Long Island woman told The Post she's been having an affair with the Casanova catcher …
Ryan Quinn /
Notes: Bullpen leading A's charge  —  Oakland's relievers putting up impressive numbers  —  OAKLAND — In 2004, the A's bullpen received much of the blame for the team not reaching the playoffs.  In 2006, the 'pen might be the main reason the team does play in mid-October.
Discussion: Athletics Nation
Mychael Urban /
A's continue dominance of Mariners
Discussion: Catfish Stew
Pirates' Sanchez defying the odds  —  Pittsburgh closer Mike Gonzalez made his contribution to team camaraderie in May when he bought a Ping-Pong table for the PNC Park home clubhouse.  To no one's surprise, the ultra-competitive Freddy Sanchez is now ranked No. 1 ahead of shortstop Jack Wilson …
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
Nationals place Soriano on waivers  —  The Nationals placed left fielder Alfonso Soriano on waivers Tuesday, a routine step that nonetheless raises the question of whether the team is making one last attempt to trade Soriano before he becomes a free agent, has learned.
Discussion: Archie Bunker's Army
Marty Noble /
Mets awaiting Pedro's MRI results  —  Club spokesman: pitcher's prognosis to come Wednesday  —  PHILADELPHIA — Mystery and intrigue were added to the concern about Pedro Martinez on Tuesday night.  Some 24 hours after the Mets' primary ptcher was removed from his start against the Phillies …
Associated Press:   Martinez's status still uncertain
Ken Rosenthal / Fox Sports:
A's winning despite offensive struggles  —  These aren't your grandfather's A's.  Heck, these aren't even Michael Lewis' A's, the high on-base, power-laden outfit that the author extolled in Moneyball.  —  In recent seasons, A's general manager Billy Beane has shifted to more of a pitching …
Todd Jacobson / Free Lance-Star:
Nats tweaking Kearns' swing  —  WASHINGTON—The Austin Kearns that has played 27 games for the Nationals this season isn't quite the Austin Kearns the team traded for, and manager Frank Robinson and hitting coach Mitchell Page recently set out to correct that.
Kevin Goldstein / Baseball Prospectus:
Division Roundup, NL West  —  Promotions to the big leagues have left some holes in the Sidewinders' offense, but highly regarded prospects Alberto Callaspo and Chris Young (.278/.368/.543) are both doing their best to make up for it.  At .336/.403/.470, Callaspo is already approaching season-highs …
Discussion: Only Baseball Matters
Ryan Mink /
Stage set for stadium groundbreaking  —  Next chapter in Yankees history in Bronx begins Wednesday  —  NEW YORK — It won't be until 2009 when the Yankees will first play in the new Yankee Stadium.  But they'll take their first step on Wednesday morning, culminating years of planning.
Mark Feinsand /
Notes: A-Rod won't elaborate on injuries  —  Yankees third baseman doesn't want to make excuses  —  NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez said Sunday that he has been dealing with injuries this year that, under normal circumstances, would have probably sent him to the disabled list.
Discussion: The Sporting Brews
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