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3:05 PM ET, August 26, 2010

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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
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
Discussion: Camden Chat
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
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.
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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
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Oliver Perez wants to stay with Mets … NEW YORK — Even after being essentially ostracized by the New York Mets, pitcher Oliver Perez still wants to be with the team next season.  —  “I want to be back here,” Perez told ESPNNewYork.com.  “I want to have a championship because I know the fans want it and I want it, too.”
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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 …
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
Sports Illustrated:
Nats cautious, likely will end Strasburg's season  —  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.
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
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.
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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