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2:14 AM ET, August 26, 2010


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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  —  CHICAGO—Brian Matusz pitched seven impressive innings and Brian Roberts homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Matt Wieters doubled and drove in two runs for the Orioles.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jordan Schelling /
Source: Five Dodgers hit waiver wire  —  MILWAUKEE — According to a Major League source, Manny Ramirez is not the only player being shopped by the Dodgers on the waiver wire.  The source reports that they have also placed Casey Blake, Hiroki Kuroda, Scott Podsednik and Jay Gibbons on waivers.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Ramirez expected to clear waivers
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
White Sox drop Orioles to gain ground in AL West race
Discussion: Camden Chat
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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
Todd Zolecki /
Howard's ejection forces Oswalt to field
Discussion: Baseball Daily Digest
Associated Press:
Astros outlast Phillies in 16 innings
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Brian McTaggart /   Astros outlast Phillies, win wild one in 16
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
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