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3:40 AM ET, August 26, 2010


 Top News: 
Toni Ginnetti / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago White Sox close to obtaining Manny Ramirez from Los Angeles Dodgers  —  The White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers may be closing in on a deal to send Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez to the South Side in exchange for minor league prospects.  —  The deal appeared to be close Wednesday …
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, raising the possibility that he will change teams in the next week.  —  The waiver period ends Friday.  If Ramirez is claimed …
Sources: Manny Ramirez on waivers  —  Outfielder Manny Ramirez has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, sources tell  —  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 …
Associated Press:
Matusz sharp, Roberts homers as O's beat White Sox
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jordan Schelling /
Source: Five Dodgers hit waiver wire
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Ramirez expected to clear waivers
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
Scott Merkin /
If Manny is made available, Sox could pounce
Discussion: South Side Sox, ESPN and Sox Machine
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").
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.
Discussion: ESPN, Boston Globe and Yahoo! Sports
Joe McDonald / ESPN:
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia could have season-ending foot surgery, according to team source  —  BOSTON — It's possible that Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will require season-ending surgery on his fractured left foot, according to a team source.  —  Pedroia
Discussion: Associated Press
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies rally from 9-run deficit to beat the Braves 12-10  —  Through three innings, the best pitch thrown by a person in a Rockies' uniform was delivered by Ken Burns.  —  He was in town promoting the “10th Inning,” a follow-up to his landmark baseball film, when he fired a pregame strike to Miguel Olivo.
Discussion: Purple Row and Yahoo! Sports
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.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Beltre: Ejection was uncalled for  —  So it turns out Adrian Beltre was ejected because he told umpire Dan Bellino that he wasn't talking to him.  —  After he struck out in the second inning, Beltre was talking to Felix Hernandez in the Seattle dugout, playfully telling him in Spanish that would hit a home run his next time up.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Lookout Landing
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Williams always on call  —  Sox GM taking bum rap for weekend personnel decisions as roster moves weren't appealing  —  We can agree Ken Williams laughing at a comedy club in Schaumburg on Saturday night while his White Sox were grinding through their longest day of the season in Kansas City looked bad.
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times and Sox Machine
Padres dominate Diamondbacks at home again  —  The Sports Network  —  San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Adrian Gonzalez's three-run blast capped an early offensive attack, and the San Diego Padres continued their home dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 9-3 victory at PETCO Park.
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
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.
Meech One / The Fightins:
The Circumstances Which Led To Roy Oswalt Playing Left Field  —  I'm not really sure what I just witnessed tonight, but if you stick around I'll do my best to explain.  —  The Phillies began this evening's game playing in front of the largest crowd at CBP this season (thanks to Chooch bobblehead night) …
Discussion: The Big Lead and Crashburn Alley
Brian McTaggart /   Astros outlast Phillies, win wild one in 16
Todd Zolecki /
Howard's ejection forces Oswalt to field
Discussion: Baseball Daily Digest
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
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Mariners win 4-2 to get a split  —  Game over: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2  —  Lowell singled but Nava grounded into a double play and Lowrie flied to left.  —  The Sox split and at best will gain only a half-game today, putting then 5.5 back as they head to Tampa.  —  Middle of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Stephen Hawkins / Associated Press:
Guerrero, Hamilton power Wilson, Texas past Twins  —  ARLINGTON, Texas—Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton homered in support of C.J. Wilson, who won his sixth consecutive decision for the Texas Rangers, in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a matchup of division leaders Wednesday night.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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