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8:20 AM ET, August 24, 2010

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ESPN:
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 …
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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.
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 …
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
Associated Press:
Damon claimed by Red Sox, deciding whether to go
Discussion: Boston Globe
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Claimed By Unknown Team
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  —  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
Janie McCauley / Associated Press:
Baker taking his time deciding future
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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  —  TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista (FSY) figured it was time to slow down and enjoy the moment.  —  Still steamed about a head-high pitch in his previous at bat, Bautista took his sweet time circling the bases on a tiebreaking solo blast …
Discussion: ESPN 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.
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Sports Illustrated:
Nationals put Strasburg on DL with forearm strain
Discussion: Nationals Journal
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Strasburg headed back to disabled list
Discussion: The Nats Blog
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.
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 …
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
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: MLB Daily Dish 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
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 …
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
 
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Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:
Inbox: Who'll start for Tribe in 2011?
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Pete Kerzel / MLB.com:
Busy Quade will wait to truly savor first win
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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3UP: Cano, Montero, Wood/Kearns
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:
Step right up and greet the Mess
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
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Dave / U.S.S. Mariner:
Free Talent  —  Yesterday, the Giants were awarded Cody Ross …
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Brewers Release David Riske
Kansas City Star:
Does Good Pitching “Always” Beat Good Hitting?
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Mets waive goodbye to Rod Barajas as Josh Thole becomes primary catcher
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Kranepool Society
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Bisons Drop Two to PawSox
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and Mets Fever
 

 
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