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11:45 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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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 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 …
Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
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
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
TSN.ca:
White Sox drop Orioles to gain ground in AL West race
Discussion: Camden Chat
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
Toronto Sun:
Wells boosts Jays to win against Yankees  —  Vernon Wells had a cycle in his gunsights, but he just ran out of bullets.  —  With a homer, a triple and a single Wednesday night, and a long flyball out, Wells needed one more chance for a double but his teammates couldn't stretch the game long enough.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Mike Fitzpatrick / Associated Press:
Leo Nunez escapes jam, Marlins hold off Mets 5-4  —  NEW YORK—Hanley Ramirez, back in the No. 3 spot, had four hits and Alex Sanabia won his second consecutive start since he was recalled from the minors as the Florida Marlins held off the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
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
 
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