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1:15 PM ET, August 23, 2010

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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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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 …
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 …
Dejan Kovacevic / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Contact Us  —  Registration … The Pirates made $5.4 million in profit in 2009, owner Bob Nutting said today, after two years of much greater profits and a complex distribution of $20,443,000 to the team's ownership group two years ago.  —  In an afternoon meeting with four media outlets …
Discussion: PRO Rumors and Bucs Dugout
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Mets waive goodbye to Rod Barajas as Josh Thole becomes primary catcher  —  PITTSBURGH - It was spring at Citi Field, the Mets were storming to the front of the standings, and Rod Barajas was crushing home runs.  —  “Things started out great,” Barajas said.  “It was an exciting time for us.”
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Kranepool Society
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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?
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Lowell still likely to retire after 2010  —  After the Red Sox' 5-0 win on Sunday, Mike Lowell was asked about whether anything had changed about his expectation that the 2010 season will be his last (a prospect that he first suggested in April).  Lowell suggested that he still anticipated this season as his final one.
Discussion: SOX & Dawgs, PRO Rumors and MLB Rumors
ESPN:
Lou Piniella retires after Sunday game … CHICAGO — Lou Piniella's long and colorful career has spanned 48 years, from an aggressive outfielder with a sharp batting eye to a successful manager whose highlight-reel base-throwing tantrums sometimes overshadowed his baseball acumen.
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Carrie Muskat / MLB.com:
Piniella to step down after Sunday's game
Blake Arlington / Buffalo Bisons News:
Bisons Drop Two to PawSox  —  Turner, Martinez injured in doubleheader loss  —  The potent Bisons lineup took a hit shortly before and also shortly after first pitch on Sunday afternoon.  And the day didn't get much better after that.  —  Jesus Feliciano was recalled by the Mets just prior …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Fever
Associated Press:
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 0  —  Clay Buchholz lowers AL-best ERA to 2.26 in 5-0 win  —  BOSTON - Clay Buchholz has grown from a frustrated pitcher into one of baseball's best in just two years.  —  The Red Sox [team stats] right-hander pitched six innings of five-hit ball to lower his AL-best ERA …
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TSN.ca:
Marcum on the mound as Red Sox and Blue Jays conclude series
Matthew Cerrone / MetsBlog.com:
Johan Santana is like 1977′s Jerry Koosman  —  Yesterday, Johan Santana pitched eight innings, letting up two solo home runs, while striking out nine, in a 2-1 loss to the Pirates.  —  Santana is the first Mets pitcher since Jerry Koosman in 1977 to throw back-to-back complete games and lose both outings.
Discussion: New York Post and Tedquarters
Terry Foster / The Detroit News:
Even if he's traded, Johnny Damon wants to return to Tigers  —  Detroit — Johnny Damon said he wants to play for the Tigers next season, even if he is traded to a contender before the season ends.  —  He has read reports he has been placed on waivers by the Tigers along with third baseman Brandon Inge.
Discussion: PRO Rumors and MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Baker's seven shutout innings leads Twins over LA  —  MINNEAPOLIS—Scott Baker pitched seven shutout innings, Michael Cuddyer had a bases-loaded double, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 Sunday night.  —  Danny Valencia homered for the Twins, who took two of three from Los Angeles.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
 
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Mike Bauman / MLB.com:
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Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Dan Gelston / Associated Press:
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Jim Armstrong / Denver Post:
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