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2:20 AM ET, August 25, 2010

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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Damon trying to get answers from Tigers today  —  Just spoke to Johnny Damon, who called me on his way to the ballpark.  Damon said he still hadn't made his final decision on whether he would come to the Red Sox or stay with the Tigers, but said he was still leaning toward staying with the Tigers.
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Beck / Beck's Blog:
Damon: “I'm not going”  —  Johnny Damon made his decision in three words: “I'm not going.”  —  The Tigers outfielder told the Tigers on Tuesday he will not waive his no-trade clause to clear a deal to the Red Sox, who placed a waiver claim on him Monday.  —  Damon had until Wednesday …
ESPN:
Johnny Damon nixes return to Boston  —  DETROIT — Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit after all.  —  The Tigers outfielder said before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City that he decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox, with whom he became a cult hero in helping lead …
Chad Jennings / The LoHud Yankees Blog:
Pregame notes: A plan through Sunday  —  For at least one more turn through the rotation, Ivan Nova will work as a Yankees starter.  Javier Vazquez has been bumped to the bullpen and will be available in relief tomorrow.  Nova will start in his place on Sunday.  —  “After that I'm not sure what we'll do,” Joe Girardi said.
ESPN:   Source: Red Sox want Johnny Damon
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Johnny Damon Says He Will Stay In Detroit
Tom Gage / The Detroit News:
Johnny Damon torn about whether to face Red Sox fans again
Discussion: Full Count
Fox Sports:
Source: White Sox to claim Manny  —  Manny Ramirez has been on the disabled list three times this season.  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  Manny Ramirez will not get through waivers.
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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
Fox Sports:
Ramirez is too big a gamble now
Discussion: HardballTalk
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
White Sox Will Claim Manny Ramirez
Tyler Kepner / New York Times:
Marlins Get More for Their Money Than Mets  —  You have to wonder if the Mets, deep down, are more frustrated or inspired by the example of the Florida Marlins.  Year after year, the Marlins stay competitive in the National League East, getting extraordinary value for what they spend.
Discussion: FishStripes and Amazin' Avenue
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Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank:
Cameron Maybin may lead off with Hanley Ramirez hitting third …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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 …
Steve Popper / NorthJersey.com:
Mets seek balance in youth movement  —  PITTSBURGH - David Wright stood in front of his locker in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at PNC Park and he wasn't quite sure what he was seeing around him.  —  Rod Barajas, who had been a part of his circle of friends hanging out all season long …
Discussion: FishStripes and MetsBlog.com
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Adam Rubin / ESPN:   Can the Mets make 2011 interesting?  —  Wait 'til next year?
Sports Illustrated:
Without big finish, Minaya could be out as Mets GM at year's end … Mets general manager Omar Minaya's job situation isn't nearly secure at season's end, despite what some misinterpreted as an iron-clad endorsement from team owner Fred Wilpon nearly three weeks ago.
Discussion: MetsBlog.com and MLB Rumors
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David Waldstein / New York Times:
For Mets, Wild Card Is, Who Stays?
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
Rob Dibble Is Trying To Destroy Stephen Strasburg  —  The Nats broadcaster thinks the phenom should suck it up and play through the pain.  To examine, lets play point/counterpoint.  On one side, Dibble himself.  On the other side, a little thing called the facts.
Discussion: MissChatter, FJB and Nats Triple Play
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TSN.ca:
Rockies upend Braves behind De La Rosa  —  The Sports Network  —  Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dexter Fowler's two-run single in the eighth gave the Rockies some breathing room in support of Jorge De La Rosa's solid start in a 5-2 victory over Atlanta.  —  De La Rosa (5-4) …
Discussion: Purple Row and Talking Chop
TSN.ca:
White Sox drop Orioles to gain ground in AL West race  —  The Sports Network  —  Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Gavin Floyd pitched seven strong innings and Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 7-5, in the opener of a three-game series.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Associated Press:
Skydiver gets stuck on Rangers Ballpark flagpole  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Just a bit outside.  —  A U.S. Army skydiver was left dangling on a flagpole at Rangers Ballpark after his parachute got entangled during a pregame jump Tuesday night.  —  The Rangers said the unidentified jumper …
MLB.com:
Statement from the Family of George M. Steinbrenner III  —  RE: Details of Unveiling of Monument Park Tribute to George M. Steinbrenner  —  “We remain profoundly grateful and touched by the many expressions of sympathy and support from so many.  We wish to thank everyone for their kind thoughts …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Bats
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Leaked Documents Show Rare Look at the Finances of Texas Rangers  —  UPDATE: As more time is spent combing through the Rangers spreadsheet, it is becoming more and more clear that the workbook in question is rife with errors.  As noted by Brandon Wilson in the comments section …
Discussion: Deadspin
 
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