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5:05 PM ET, August 23, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Detailed Financial Info from Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels, and Mariners Sees Light of Day  —  Last night, sensitive financial information from 2007 and 2008 was leaked regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates detailing how MLB's club with the lowest payroll has profited, its revenue-sharing figures …
Associated Press:
Pittsburgh Pirates win by losing, financial documents show  —  PITTSBURGH — Don't feel too sorry for the cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh Pirates.  Losing has been profitable.  —  The Pirates made nearly $29.4 million in 2007 and 2008, according to team financial documents …
Dejan Kovacevic / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Contact Us  —  Registration … The Pirates made $5.4 million …
Discussion: PRO Rumors and Bucs Dugout
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
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 …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox Claim Johnny Damon  —  3:09pm: A no-trade clause does not necessarily give a player the right to prevent his team from handing him over on waivers, according to an MLB Players Association official who spoke to MLBTR this afternoon.  In many cases, a player has a non-assignment clause that would prevent trades and waiver claims.
Discussion: and PRO Rumors
Terry Foster / The Detroit News:
Even if he's traded, Johnny Damon wants to return to Tigers
Discussion: PRO Rumors and MLB Rumors
Buster Olney / ESPN:
Sources: Manny Ramirez of Los Angeles Dodgers 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 …
Associated Press:
Baker's seven shutout innings leads Twins over LA
Discussion: DRaysBay and Halos Heaven
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
Matthew Cerrone /
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0
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
Steven Wine / Associated Press:   Cody Ross awarded to Giants
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Step right up and greet the Mess  —  Amid busted hopes and a hellish second half, the Mets' season has turned to sawdust  —  K-Rod's arrest was the most infamous in a string of revolting developments for Mets fans this season.  —  Three years ago, Tom Glavine and Paul Lo Duca distributed …
Kansas City Star:
Does Good Pitching “Always” Beat Good Hitting?  —  I've attempted to prove or disprove a lot of theories on UFR over the last (almost) two years.  “Good pitching always beats good hitting” is one that is espoused as though it were the synonymous with “Cows eat grass.”  But, is it the truth?
Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent an entire game complaining about umpire Joe West  —  White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent the bulk of yesterday afternoon's game complaining about home plate umpire Joe West, who he feels holds a longtime grudge against the team that led to the Royals getting favorable calls.
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