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5:15 AM ET, August 25, 2010

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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Damon trying to get answers from Tigers today  —  Just spoke to Johnny Damon, who called me on his way to the ballpark.  Damon said he still hadn't made his final decision on whether he would come to the Red Sox or stay with the Tigers, but said he was still leaning toward staying with the Tigers.
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Beck / Beck's Blog:
Damon: “I'm not going”  —  Johnny Damon made his decision in three words: “I'm not going.”  —  The Tigers outfielder told the Tigers on Tuesday he will not waive his no-trade clause to clear a deal to the Red Sox, who placed a waiver claim on him Monday.  —  Damon had until Wednesday …
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Pregame notes: A plan through Sunday  —  For at least one more turn through the rotation, Ivan Nova will work as a Yankees starter.  Javier Vazquez has been bumped to the bullpen and will be available in relief tomorrow.  Nova will start in his place on Sunday.  —  “After that I'm not sure what we'll do,” Joe Girardi said.
ESPN:
Johnny Damon nixes return to Boston  —  DETROIT — Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit after all.  —  The Tigers outfielder said before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City that he decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox, with whom he became a cult hero in helping lead …
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Damon staying put
ESPN:   Source: Red Sox want Johnny Damon
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Says He Will Stay In Detroit
Tom Gage / The Detroit News:
Johnny Damon torn about whether to face Red Sox fans again
Discussion: Full Count
Associated Press:
Astros outlast Phillies in 16 innings  —  PHILADELPHIA—The Houston Astros' wild 4-2 win over Philadelphia lasted 16 innings, over 5 hours, and saw Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt play left field and ground into the final out Tuesday night.  —  Oswalt became the first Phillies pitcher to play …
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Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:
Astros outlast Phillies, win wild one in 16  —  Johnson's hit wins it; Oswalt plays field for Philadelphia  —  PHILADELPHIA — Roy Oswalt played the final two innings in left field against the Astros, which in itself should have been enough to classify Tuesday night's marathon contest …
Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Howard's ejection forces Oswalt to field  —  Pitcher makes catch in left; Ibanez moves to first base  —  PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard chucked his bat and flipped his helmet.  —  Then he flipped out.  —  Third-base umpire Scott Barry ejected Howard in the bottom of the 14th inning Tuesday night …
Discussion: Baseball Daily Digest
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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Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
If Manny is made available, Sox could pounce
Discussion: ESPN and Sox Machine
Fox Sports:
Ramirez is too big a gamble now
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
White Sox Will Claim Manny Ramirez
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Selig honored with statue at Miller Park  —  MILWAUKEE — Allan H.  “Bud” Selig finally has a permanent place on the plaza outside Miller Park.  One of the other men so honored wonders what took so long.  —  “I honestly believe the first statue that should have gone up outside this stadium is Bud Selig's …
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Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Barajas in lineup on first day with Dodgers
Discussion: True Blue LA
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Marlins Get More for Their Money Than Mets  —  You have to wonder if the Mets, deep down, are more frustrated or inspired by the example of the Florida Marlins.  Year after year, the Marlins stay competitive in the National League East, getting extraordinary value for what they spend.
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Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank:
Cameron Maybin may lead off with Hanley Ramirez hitting third …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Can the Mets make 2011 interesting?  —  Wait ‘til next year?  Bad contracts, Wilpons’ financial issues pose major hurdles  —  ESPNNewYork.com  —  The Bernie Madoff scandal is one reason the Mets' finances are under the microscope.  —  Man up, New York Mets fans.  —  It doesn't necessarily get better next year.
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Steve Popper / NorthJersey.com:
Mets seek balance in youth movement
Discussion: FishStripes and MetsBlog.com
Associated Press:
Skydiver gets stuck on Rangers Ballpark flagpole  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Just a bit outside.  —  A U.S. Army skydiver was left dangling on a flagpole at Rangers Ballpark after his parachute got entangled during a pregame jump Tuesday night.  —  The Rangers said the unidentified jumper …
Sports Illustrated:
Without big finish, Minaya could be out as Mets GM at year's end … Mets general manager Omar Minaya's job situation isn't nearly secure at season's end, despite what some misinterpreted as an iron-clad endorsement from team owner Fred Wilpon nearly three weeks ago.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and MLB Rumors
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David Waldstein / New York Times:
For Mets, Wild Card Is, Who Stays?
TSN.ca:
Rockies upend Braves behind De La Rosa  —  The Sports Network  —  Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dexter Fowler's two-run single in the eighth gave the Rockies some breathing room in support of Jorge De La Rosa's solid start in a 5-2 victory over Atlanta.  —  De La Rosa (5-4) …
Discussion: Purple Row and Talking Chop
TSN.ca:
White Sox drop Orioles to gain ground in AL West race  —  The Sports Network  —  Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gavin Floyd pitched seven strong innings and Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 7-5, in the opener of a three-game series.
Discussion: Camden Chat
 
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