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8:50 PM ET, August 23, 2010

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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Pre-game news: Red Sox place waiver claim on Johnny Damon  —  News that Johnny Damon could be returning to the Red Sox put a twinkle in the eyes of those who knew him and played with him.  —  “Yeah!  Party like rock star,” said a gleeful David Ortiz.  —  From Tim Wakefield to Jason Varitek …
Discussion: Surviving Grady
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Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
BoSox make waiver claim on Damon  —  The Boston Red Sox claimed Tigers designated hitter/outfielder Johnny Damon on waivers, which means Damon could be returning to Fenway Park.  —  The struggling Tigers need his approval before he could return to Boston.  Detroit is 61-63 …
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Associated Press:
Damon claimed by Red Sox, deciding whether to go  —  DETROIT—It's all up to Johnny Damon now: Play out the season in Detroit, or rejoin the Boston Red Sox for another playoff chase.  —  The Red Sox have claimed the 36-year-old outfielder on waivers from the Tigers, and Damon was deciding Monday whether to go.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Claimed By Unknown Team  —  1:00pm: Damon has been claimed by an unknown team, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The Tigers now have two days to make a trade with the claiming team, hand the player over with no return, or pull him back.  SI's Jon Heyman tweets that he believes …
ESPN:
Red Sox claim Johnny Damon  —  Could the Boston Red Sox be looking to recapture the magic of 2004 that brought an end of their 86-year World Series drought?  —  Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon confirmed to reporters Monday that he has been claimed on waivers by the Red Sox …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox Claim Johnny Damon  —  3:45pm: Damon hasn't decided whether he'd accept an assignment to Boston, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck, who notes that the outfielder has about 48 hours to make up his mind (Twitter link).  —  3:09pm: A no-trade clause does not necessarily give a player …
Terry Foster / The Detroit News:
Even if he's traded, Johnny Damon wants to return to Tigers
Tommy Craggs / Deadspin:
MLB Confidential: The Financial Documents Baseball Doesn't Want You To See, Part 1  —  We've obtained financial statements for a number of baseball teams — containing perhaps some of the most closely guarded information in sports — and they offer a rare glimpse at how MLB franchises do brisk business in the modern era.
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Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Detailed Financial Info from Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels …
Dejan Kovacevic / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Contact Us  —  Registration … The Pirates made $5.4 million …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and PRO Rumors
External / ESPN:
Sources: Manny likely to hit waivers this week  —  The expectation around baseball is that outfielder Manny Ramirez will be placed on waivers early this week, according to baseball sources.  —  The Los Angeles Dodgers could have put Ramirez on waivers on Monday but would not do so, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark reports.
Sports Illustrated:
Nationals put Strasburg on DL with forearm strain … Stephen Strasburg is going back on the disabled list.  —  There's a decent chance the Washington Nationals rookie phenom could be shut down for the season as a precautionary measure.  He had an MRI on Sunday but will have a second one later this week with dye.
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Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Strasburg headed back to disabled list
Discussion: The Nats Blog
Ted Berg / Tedquarters:
What I care about more  —  Matt Cerrone mentioned Johan Santana's run of bad luck on MetsBlog earlier today, which is funny to me because earlier in the season, sabermetricians everywhere were rapping about Santana's run of good luck.  —  Remember when Santana was walking more batters …
Discussion: Mets Merized Online
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Matthew Cerrone / MetsBlog.com:
Johan Santana is like 1977′s Jerry Koosman
Discussion: New York Post
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Brewers Release David Riske  —  The Brewers released reliever David Riske, according to the team's Twitter feed.  Riske has about $1MM remaining in 2010 salary, plus a $250K buyout for 2011.  The Brewers will be on the hook for that minus the prorated league minimum if Riske signs elsewhere.
TSN.ca:
Morrow gets the call for Jays' opener against Yankees  —  Sports Network  —  (Sports Network) - Ivan Nova makes his first major league start this evening, when the New York Yankees open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.  —  Nova, who pitched three scoreless innings …
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Associated Press:
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0
Pete Kerzel / MLB.com:
Quade stays in routine as Cubs' skipper  —  WASHINGTON — Day 1 of the Mike Quade era dawned on Monday, with a baseball lifer, elevated to the managerial ranks when Lou Piniella stepped down after Sunday's game, talking about improving an underperforming club and making the most of the opportunity he's been given.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
ESPN:
Report: Sammy Sosa says Chicago Cubs' No. 21 jersey ‘should be untouchable’  —  Former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa said his jersey No. 21 should be retired and its continued use shows the strain in his relationship with his old team.  —  “That number should be untouchable because of the things …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Dave / U.S.S. Mariner:
Free Talent  —  Yesterday, the Giants were awarded Cody Ross on a waiver claim, likely made to keep the Marlins from being able to ship him to San Diego.  They didn't need another outfielder, but they got stuck with him when Florida just let him go, and so they had to clear a roster spot.
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball and FishStripes
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Steven Wine / Associated Press:   Cody Ross awarded to Giants
 
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Richard Durrett / ESPN:
Texas Rangers activate Matt Treanor, send Scott Feldman to disabled list
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
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Blake Arlington / Buffalo Bisons News:
Bisons Drop Two to PawSox
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Mike Bauman / MLB.com:
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Alex Speier / Full Count:
Lowell still likely to retire after 2010
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Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Dan Gelston / Associated Press:
Oswalt sharp for 7 innings, Phillies beat Nats
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Chacin's strong outing helps Rockies snap skid in the desert
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