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1:00 AM ET, August 24, 2010

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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 …
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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 …
TSN.ca:
Scutaro drives in four as Red Sox down Mariners  —  Sports Network  —  Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Marco Scutaro drove in four runs and John Lackey tossed eight solid innings, as the Boston Red Sox used a three-run seventh to defeat the Seattle Mariners, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
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
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox Claim Johnny Damon  —  9:36pm: Damon repeated after tonight's game that he's leaning toward staying in Detroit, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck (Twitter links).  Damon's gut and his teammates are telling him to stay in Detroit.  —  3:45pm: Damon hasn't decided whether he'd accept …
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.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Claimed By Unknown Team
Associated Press:
Majors-leading Bautista homers twice as Blue Jays beat Yankees  —  TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista (FSY) figured it was time to slow down and enjoy the moment.  —  Still steamed about a head-high pitch in his previous at bat, Bautista took his sweet time circling the bases on a tiebreaking solo blast …
Discussion: ESPN and Yahoo! Sports
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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.
Discussion: Nationals Journal
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Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Strasburg headed back to disabled list
Discussion: The Nats Blog
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
Lee's clutch hit makes Myers a winner against Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — So, what's the baseline?  —  Brett Myers (FSY) threw seven sharp innings against his former team, Carlos Lee (FSY) hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth and the Houston Astros took advantage of a controversial call …
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
Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Helton lead Rockies over Braves 5-4  —  DENVER—Todd Helton's first four-hit game in more than a year included the tiebreaking RBI single off Jonny Venters in the eighth inning Monday night that lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Discussion: Purple Row
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: Yahoo! Sports and MLB Daily Dish
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.
 
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Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Inbox: Who'll start for Tribe in 2011?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Baker taking his time deciding future
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Pete Kerzel / MLB.com:
Quade stays in routine as Cubs' skipper
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Richard Durrett / ESPN:
Texas Rangers activate Matt Treanor, send Scott Feldman to disabled list
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent an entire game complaining …
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Step right up and greet the Mess
Dave / U.S.S. Mariner:
Free Talent  —  Yesterday, the Giants were awarded Cody Ross …
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball and FishStripes
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Mets waive goodbye to Rod Barajas as Josh Thole becomes primary catcher
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Blake Arlington / Buffalo Bisons News:
Bisons Drop Two to PawSox
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Fever
Associated Press:
Baker's seven shutout innings leads Twins over LA
Discussion: DRaysBay
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Lowell still likely to retire after 2010
Discussion: SOX & Dawgs, MLB Rumors and PRO Rumors
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
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