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6:30 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
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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Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Friendly wager leads to ejection for Adrian Beltre
Discussion: THE BOOK
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Beltre: Ejection was uncalled for
Discussion: HardballTalk and Lookout Landing
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
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Joe McDonald / ESPN:   Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia could have season-ending foot …
Johnette Howard / ESPN:
Pete Rose's advice for Roger Clemens  —  Rose was quixotic, arrogant and desperate in his denials.  Does that sound familiar?  —  Twenty-one years after his adamant denials began, six years after he finally conceded the charade was up, Pete Rose remains baseball's gold standard for obstinacy in the face of incriminating evidence.
Discussion: NESN.com and Cincinnati Reds
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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 …
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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NY Daily News:   Harper: Omar dreaming of October
TSN.ca:
Dodgers complete three-game Miller Park sweep  —  The Sports Network  —  Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Scott Podsednik had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run and Casey Blake homered to lead Los Angeles to a 7-1 win over Milwaukee to complete a three-game sweep at Miller Park.
Discussion: True Blue LA
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Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Source: Five Dodgers hit waiver wire
Discussion: True Blue LA
Rob Maaddi / Associated Press:
Rodriguez goes 7 strong, Astros sweep Phillies  —  PHILADELPHIA—Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven sharp innings, Carlos Lee homered and the Houston Astros beat the Phillies 5-1 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia in 11 years.  —  The two-time NL champion Phillies …
Matt Ehalt / NY Daily News:
Hank Steinbrenner: New York Yankees will be defending World Series title  —  Hank Steinbrenner is already looking to the future.  —  Speaking Thursday at Yankee Stadium, the part-owner of the Yankees said he believes the Yankees will be defending their World Series championship come October.
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?
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
Associated Press:
Matusz sharp, Roberts homers as O's beat White Sox  —  CHICAGO—Brian Matusz pitched seven impressive innings and Brian Roberts homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday night.  —  Matt Wieters doubled and drove in two runs for the Orioles.
Discussion: Camden Chat
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Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Manny on waivers; ChiSox interested
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
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
 
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Carl Crawford would be a good fit
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TSN.ca:
Padres dominate Diamondbacks at home again
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Stephen Hawkins / Associated Press:
Guerrero, Hamilton power Wilson, Texas past Twins
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Mariners win 4-2 to get a split
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies rally from 9-run deficit to beat the Braves 12-10
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Armando Galarraga might have a chance for another (near) …
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