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1:00 PM 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 …
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Associated Press:
Matusz sharp, Roberts homers as O's beat White Sox
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Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Source: Five Dodgers hit waiver wire
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Manny on waivers; ChiSox interested
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
ESPN:   Sources: Manny Ramirez on waivers
NY Daily News:
Playing backup to Ruben Tejada isn't sitting well with Luis Castillo; Josh Thole has busy night  —  Luis Castillo arrived for work at Citi Field Wednesday, looked at the starting lineup and didn't know what to think.  He did know that Jerry Manuel had spent the season rewarding good play with a start the next day.
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Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
Martinez on DL at Triple-A Buffalo
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
Mike Fitzpatrick / Associated Press:
Leo Nunez escapes jam, Marlins hold off Mets 5-4
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and FishStripes
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: Lookout Landing and HardballTalk
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Quinn Roberts / MLB.com:
Beltre's banter results in pair of ejections  —  Third baseman, Francona tossed by home-plate umpire  —  BOSTON — Trash talking between friends occurs often in sports, and in Adrian Beltre and Felix Hernandez's case, this time was no different.  —  Just one small problem: Home-plate umpire Dan Bellino didn't know it.
Associated Press:
Roger Clemens to be arraigned Monday  —  WASHINGTON — Officials at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., say that seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens will be arraigned on Monday afternoon on criminal charges.  —  The former pitcher will appear before U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Surprise Teams Spend On Draft  —  It doesn't take Andrew Tinnish long to explain why the draft matters to the Toronto Blue Jays.  —  “Because we play in the toughest division in baseball with the two biggest spenders in baseball,” Tinnish told MLBTR.  “It's pretty simple for me.”
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Mark Saxon / ESPN:
Carl Crawford would be a good fit  —  The Angels seem to be a perfect choice for outfielder, but it's probably a longshot … ANAHEIM, Calif. — Don't be fooled by Wednesday's 12-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, which seemed to be played in a parallel universe.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
TSN.ca:
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: Ducksnorts and Gaslamp Ball
NY Daily News:
Harper: Omar dreaming of October  —  Omar Minaya was standing in the dugout a couple of hours before game time, sounding just a bit exasperated as he answered questions about what the Mets should be trying to accomplish heading toward the final month of the season.  —  “Guys, we're still in the hunt,” the GM said.
Discussion: ESPN and MLB Rumors
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Nyjer Morgan suspended seven games by MLB [UPDATED]  —  Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for his actions Saturday night.  In the middle of the ninth inning, Morgan threw a ball into the stands at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia and struck a fan.
Sports Illustrated:
Strasburg expected to be shut down  —  Regardless of the results of Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg's second MRI, he is expected to be shut down for the season.  The Nationals have the final call on the decision, and they are believed not to want to take a chance with their prized pitcher.
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
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.
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External / Associated Press:
Beckett solid in day win vs. Mariners
Discussion: ESPN and Lookout Landing
 
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