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11:50 AM ET, August 24, 2010


 Top News: 
Red Sox claim Johnny 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 by the Red Sox …
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.
Jason Beck /
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
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 /
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 …
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
Giants blast Reds
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Baker taking his time deciding future
Discussion: HardballTalk and 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.
Josh Alper / Fanhouse MLB Blog:   Rob Dibble Thinks Stephen Strasburg Should ‘Suck It Up’
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
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 Monday …
NY Daily News:
YES finally catches up to Clemens case  —  This just in: Roger Clemens indicted for perjury.  —  Those trapped inside the pinstriped cocoon that is the Yankees Entertainment & Sports Network were hit with the “bulletin” feeling Sunday when, during a rain delay (sixth inning) …
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 …
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Adam Dunn's a Wrigley fan  —  Nationals' slugging first baseman calls ballpark ‘great place to play’  —  WASHINGTON — One of Mike Quade's first orders of business as Cubs manager was to scuttle the Tyler Colvin-as-first-baseman experiment and put the rookie back in right field.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and The Goessling Game
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 …
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
Bill Ladson /
Strasburg headed back to disabled list
Discussion: The Nats Blog
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Associated Press:
Bud Selig statue to be unveiled Tuesday
Arnie Stapleton / Associated Press:
Helton lead Rockies over Braves 5-4
Discussion: Talking Chop and Purple Row
Anthony Castrovince /
Inbox: Who'll start for Tribe in 2011?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Pete Kerzel /
Busy Quade will wait to truly savor first win
Report: Sammy Sosa says Chicago Cubs' No. 21 jersey ‘should be untouchable’
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Yahoo! Sports
 Earlier Picks: 
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:
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