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10:45 PM ET, August 23, 2010

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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.
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External / 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 …
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: New York Times and Lookout Landing
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  —  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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Damon claimed by Red Sox, deciding whether to go
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 …
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
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
Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Inbox: Who'll start for Tribe in 2011?  —  Indians reporter Castrovince fields fans' queries … If I were the GM, my rotation next year would be Fausto Carmona, Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez and Mitch Talbot.  Seems like decent pitchers for what we have to work with.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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.
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Baker taking his time deciding future  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Dusty Baker is prepared to take his time weighing an offer to manage the Cincinnati Reds again next season.  —  The Reds have offered Baker a one-year contract extension for the 2011 campaign, but he has yet to give the club an answer and certainly wants to weigh his options.
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: Yahoo! Sports and MLB Daily Dish
 
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Richard Durrett / ESPN:
Texas Rangers activate Matt Treanor, send Scott Feldman to disabled list
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White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson spent an entire game complaining …
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
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Dave / U.S.S. Mariner:
Free Talent  —  Yesterday, the Giants were awarded Cody Ross …
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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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Bisons Drop Two to PawSox
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Fever
Associated Press:
Baker's seven shutout innings leads Twins over LA
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Mike Bauman / MLB.com:
Persistent Padres not going away
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Lowell still likely to retire after 2010
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