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9:25 PM ET, August 25, 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 …
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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 and MLB Daily Dish
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 …
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Ramirez expected to clear waivers
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
TSN.ca:
White Sox drop Orioles to gain ground in AL West race
Discussion: Camden Chat
Scott Merkin / MLB.com:
If Manny is made available, Sox could pounce
Discussion: ESPN and Sox Machine
Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Barajas in lineup on first day with Dodgers
Discussion: True Blue LA
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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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 …
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) …
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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
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: Yahoo! Sports and Purple Row
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.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Mariners-Red Sox game updates  —  Top of the 8th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2  —  Nobody got on.  But Hernandez did have to throw 13 pitches.  Still, no movement in the Seattle pen.  Meanwhile, Manny Delcarmen in for the Sox.  —  Middle of the 7th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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.
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
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 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 …
 
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