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6:00 PM ET, August 25, 2010

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Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
He must have his reasons, but what are they?  —  So it's official: He really is an idiot.  —  I say this with no malice and all due respect.  “Idiot,” you must remember, was the title of Johnny Damon's 2005 best-selling autobiography (a work often compared with Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” and Dostoevsky's “Notes From the Underground").
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Associated Press:
Beckett reverses fortunes, helps Boston to 5-3 win  —  BOSTON (AP) — Josh Beckett (FSY) rebounded from a rough stretch and the Boston Red Sox broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader Wednesday.
Sports Illustrated:
Damon's decision says as much about Yankees as Red Sox … The T-shirts read, “Looks like Jesus, acts like Judas, throws like Mary,” and Johnny Damon was supposed to pretend he did not see them.  He was supposed to catch the first flight to Boston, do a few naked pull-ups in the clubhouse …
Joe McDonald / ESPN:
Foot surgery not ruled out for Dustin Pedroia, according to a Boston Red Sox team source  —  BOSTON — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is still waiting on the results of a second opinion, but as of Wednesday afternoon there was still a possibility he would need season-ending surgery …
ESPN:
Sources: Manny Ramirez on waivers  —  Outfielder Manny Ramirez has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell ESPN.com.  —  Ramirez  —  Teams will have until Friday afternoon to put in a claim on Ramirez.  Any team that's awarded the claim would have until Tuesday afternoon …
Discussion: Projo Sox Blog
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Jon Paul Morosi / Fox Sports:
Source: Dodgers place Manny on waivers  —  The Dodgers placed Manny Ramirez on trade waivers today, one major-league source told FOXSports.com, raising the possibility that he will change teams in the next week.  —  The waiver period ends Friday.  If Ramirez is claimed …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Barajas in lineup on first day with Dodgers
Discussion: True Blue LA
Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
If Manny is made available, Sox could pounce
Discussion: ESPN and Sox Machine
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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Meech One / The Fightins:
The Circumstances Which Led To Roy Oswalt Playing Left Field
Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Howard's ejection forces Oswalt to field
Discussion: Baseball Daily Digest
Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:   Astros outlast Phillies, win wild one in 16
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
New York Yankees not targeting Hiroki Kuroda, GM says  —  TORONTO — General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that even though the pitching-depleted New York Yankees are engaged in a bitter division battle with the Tampa Bay Rays, he does not anticipate going outside the organization for help before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.
Tim Marchman / Wall Street Journal:
Few Have Played Shortstop at Jeter's Advanced Age  —  Before this season, it would have in some parts of the city been controversial to suggest that Derek Jeter is but a man, as prone to age and frailty as anyone else.  With three-quarters of the 2010 season in the books and the Captain …
Troy Renck / All Things Rockies:
Rockies' bullpen short; Pads could be fit for Hawpe  —  The road in the bullpen is bumpy today, with the bridge (Rafael Betancourt) and the Street (closer Huston Street) likely both unavailable.  —  Betancourt played catch but won't pitch again in a game until Friday at the earliest …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Fanhouse MLB Blog
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Twins Claim Randy Flores  —  The Twins claimed lefty reliever Randy Flores off waivers from the Rockies, according to a press release.  The 35-year-old posted a 2.96 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 27.1 innings for the Rockies this year, but the Rockies designated him for assignment last week.
Discussion: Off The Mark
Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
Armando Galarraga might have a chance for another (near) perfect game this afternoon, as the Royals feature the following lineup:  —  1. Gregor Blanco  —  2. Mike Aviles  —  3. Willie Bloomquist  —  4. Billy Butler  —  5. Kila Ka'aihue  —  6. Brayan Pena  —  7. Mitch Maier  —  8. Jai Miller
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
Marlins' profits came at taxpayer expense  —  The swindlers who run the Florida Marlins got exposed Monday.  They are as bad as anyone on Wall Street, scheming, misleading and ultimately sticking taxpayers with a multibillion-dollar tab.  Corporate fraud is alive and well in Major League Baseball.
Discussion: NESN.com
Curt Schilling / ESPN:
Mailbag: Clay Buchholz can improve  —  Editor's note: Curt Schilling answers user questions in an occasional mailbag for ESPNBoston.com.  Click here to ask Curt a question for his next mailbag.  —  Q. Hey Curt, I'm glad you're doing this mailbag and we can always count on your honesty and experience.
Discussion: Over the Monster
Arash Markazi / ESPN:
Torii Hunter doesn't have the cure  —  After 10-3 loss to Rays, Angels outfielder seems resigned to team's fate this season … ANAHEIM, Calif. — Torii Hunter still isn't comfortable running out to right field.  The 14-year center fielder, who made the move to right field to make room …
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Marksheldon / Mark My Word:
Postgame: New plan for Leake?  —  Reds pitcher Mike Leake was hammered in his second relief appearance during the 16-5 loss to the Giants.  Leake entered in the fifth when it was 7-5 and let the game get away during a six-run inning.  —  Out of eight batters faced, Leake retired one.
 
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