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10:35 AM ET, August 24, 2010

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External / ESPN:
Idiots reunion?  Sox put in claim on Damon … Could the Boston Red Sox be looking to recapture the magic of 2004 that brought an end to their 86-year World Series drought?  —  Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon confirmed to reporters Monday that he has been claimed on waivers …
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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.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Catcher improved, mystified  —  Saltalamacchia still seeks answers  —  Jarrod Saltalamacchia was back in the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday and looked to be in good health.  But the infection that put him in Massachusetts General Hospital for four days was an unsettling experience.
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Johnny is on the spot
Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Damon leaning toward staying in Detroit
Discussion: HardballTalk and Fanhouse MLB Blog
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Pre-game news: Red Sox place waiver claim on Johnny Damon
Discussion: Surviving Grady
Associated Press:
Damon claimed by Red Sox, deciding whether to go
Discussion: Boston Globe
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox Claim Johnny Damon
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Claimed By Unknown Team
Globe and Mail:
Robert MacLeod  —  TORONTO — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail  —  Several hours before Monday's series opener against the New York Yankees, Jose Bautista went about his business in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse - a routine that included some playful banter in Spanish with teammate Yunel Escobar …
Discussion: My Pinstripes
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Associated Press:
Majors-leading Bautista homers twice as Blue Jays beat Yankees
Discussion: ESPN and Yahoo! Sports
Joel Sherman / NY Post: Hardball:
3UP: Cano, Montero, Wood/Kearns
John Smallwood / Philly.com:
Umpires should explain botched call  —  OK, WE'RE NOT going to revisit the ghost of Chico Ruiz.  —  This isn't 1964 and there are no indications that these Phillies are the type of team to let one setback mushroom into a pennant-crushing collapse.  —  In fact, the entire modus operandi …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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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 …
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Giants beat Reds to open key series of contenders  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Matt Cain ended a three-start winless stretch after being staked to an early cushion, Andres Torres hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-2 on Monday night.  —  Aubrey Huff added a solo homer leading off the eighth.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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TSN.ca:
Giants blast Reds
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Baker taking his time deciding future
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Dan Steinberg / D.C. Sports Bog:
Rob Dibble to Stephen Strasburg: “Suck it up”  —  The conventional wisdom on Stephen Strasburg's latest injury, whatever it is, was nicely summed up by Thomas Boswell on Monday: … For the unconventional wisdom, look no further than Rob Dibble, analyst for MASN by night, and radio host for SIRIUS XM's MLB Network Radio by day.
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Josh Alper / Fanhouse MLB Blog:   Rob Dibble Thinks Stephen Strasburg Should ‘Suck It Up’
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Study Finds Independent Bloggers “Least Trusted”, Likely Denied Press Credentials in Baseball  —  Independent bloggers represent the least trusted media type and are the most likely to be turned down for press pass requests, according to the first academic study to assess the sentiments …
Associated Press:
Bud Selig statue to be unveiled Tuesday  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's statue will soon join the likenesses of Hank Aaron and Robin Yount in front of Miller Park.  —  The Milwaukee Brewers are unveiling the bronze statue in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the stadium's Home Plate Plaza.
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.
Discussion: Nationals Journal
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Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Strasburg headed back to disabled list
Discussion: The Nats Blog
Beth Harris / Associated Press:
Rays beat Angels 4-3, tie for 1st place in AL East  —  ANAHEIM, Calif.—B.J. Upton homered on the first pitch of the game from former Tampa Bay teammate Scott Kazmir and doubled home another run to help the Rays defeat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Monday night and move into a tie with the Yankees atop the AL East standings.
Discussion: DRaysBay and Yahoo! Sports
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: Talking Chop and Purple Row
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Don't forget, Rocket soared before the fall  —  Let me tell you the story of Clementine.  —  Clementine is a 6-foot-tall white teddy bear that sits in a shed behind my house.  Clementine is 16 years old and a little worn around the edges.  The big bear is dirty, moth-ridden …
 
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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 …
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