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3:35 PM ET, August 24, 2010

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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Johnny is on the spot  —  In the end, we want to be entertained, don't we?  —  Who knows whether the Red Sox will catch the Rays for the wild-card spot?  But for a few hours yesterday there was some excitement among the players, the media, and the fans.  The Tigers put outfielder Johnny Damon …
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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.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon's Decision
Tom Gage / The Detroit News:
Johnny Damon torn about whether to face Red Sox fans again
Discussion: ESPN
Jason Beck / MLB.com:
Damon leaning toward staying in Detroit
Discussion: HardballTalk and Fanhouse MLB Blog
Associated Press:
Damon claimed by Red Sox, deciding whether to go
Discussion: Boston Globe
Fox Sports:
Source: White Sox to claim Manny  —  Manny Ramirez has been on the disabled list three times this season.  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  Manny Ramirez will not get through waivers.
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Fox Sports:
Ramirez is too big a gamble now  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  Claiming Manny Ramirez off waivers would be nuts.  Trading for him — even if the Dodgers covered …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
White Sox Will Claim Manny Ramirez
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 …
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Associated Press:
Majors-leading Bautista homers twice as Blue Jays beat Yankees
Discussion: 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 …
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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’
Steve Popper / NorthJersey.com:
Mets seek balance in youth movement  —  PITTSBURGH - David Wright stood in front of his locker in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park and he wasn't quite sure what he was seeing around him.  —  Rod Barajas, who had been a part of his circle of friends hanging out all season long …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
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David Waldstein / New York Times:
For Mets, Wild Card Is, Who Stays?
TSN.ca:
Giants blast Reds  —  Sports Network  —  San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings, while Aubrey Huff and Pablo Sandoval each registered three runs batted in, as San Francisco blasted Cincinnati, 11-2, in the first of three games from AT&T Park.
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
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Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Giants beat Reds to open key series of contenders
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:   Baker taking his time deciding future
Fox Sports:
Brewers may have missed out on Fielder  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  The Brewers will not have an easy time trading first baseman Prince Fielder this offseason.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and PRO Rumors
Steve Batterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ozzie Smith wants to be more involved  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — Standing at home plate at Modern Woodmen Park, there was only one place Ozzie Smith would have been more comfortable Sunday afternoon.  —  But there was no podium in the dirt between second base and third where Smith …
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.
ESPN:
New York Yankees won't give Joe Girardi a new deal before offseason  —  Even with the looming possibility of his hometown Chicago Cubs making a run at manager Joe Girardi, the New York Yankees will not alter their current policy of waiting until the season ends to discuss new contracts.
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ESPN:
Report: Sammy Sosa says Chicago Cubs' No. 21 jersey ‘should be untouchable’
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Yahoo! Sports
MLB.com:
Statement from the Family of George M. Steinbrenner III  —  RE: Details of Unveiling of Monument Park Tribute to George M. Steinbrenner  —  “We remain profoundly grateful and touched by the many expressions of sympathy and support from so many.  We wish to thank everyone for their kind thoughts …
Discussion: Bats
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 …
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 …
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) …
 
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