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5:15 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.
Anthony DiComo /
Martinez on DL at Triple-A Buffalo
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 …
Associated Press:
Matusz sharp, Roberts homers as O's beat White Sox
Discussion: Camden Chat
Jordan Schelling /
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
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  “I want to have a championship because I know the fans want it and I want it, too.”
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.
Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Pedroia probably done for the year  —  Nothing is official yet, but according to major league source Dustin Pedroia will likely shut it down for the remainder of the season.  Pedroia is expected to spend the next 10 days back in a boot to stabilize the left foot that got sore again after two games.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Joe McDonald / ESPN:   Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia could have season-ending foot …
Quinn Roberts /
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.
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Beltre: Ejection was uncalled for
Discussion: HardballTalk and Lookout Landing
Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank:
Ricky Nolasco says he will start Saturday for the Florida Marlins  —  Ricky Nolasco got through his drills today pain-free and said he expects to start Saturday for the Marlins.  —  “I didn't expect it to get better so quickly,” he said.  “All I can say is I'll try to be smart about it.”
Discussion: FishStripes
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Revenue-sharing system gets exposed  —  Leaked financial documents show Pirates, Marlins made profit despite cries of poverty  —  Here at Rumblings, we keep forgetting to get our MBA degree.  And boy, is that aggravating — because an MBA sure would come in handy in weeks like this.  —  Why?
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 …
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.
Marc Topkin / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza says Boston Red Sox can't be counted out of playoff race  —  Matt Garza, who starts Saturday, says that you can't ever count Boston out.  —  Times]  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — RHP Matt Garza knows better than to write off the Red Sox even though the Rays …
Discussion: Surviving Grady and Rays Index
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
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.
External / Associated Press:
Beckett solid in day win vs. Mariners
Discussion: ESPN
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