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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  —  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
Jordan Schelling / MLB.com:
Source: Five Dodgers hit waiver wire  —  MILWAUKEE — According to a Major League source, Manny Ramirez is not the only player being shopped by the Dodgers on the waiver wire.  The source reports that they have also placed Casey Blake, Hiroki Kuroda, Scott Podsednik and Jay Gibbons on waivers.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Jon Paul Morosi / Fox Sports:
Source: Dodgers place Manny on waivers
ESPN:   Sources: Manny Ramirez on waivers
Jon Heyman / Sports Illustrated:
Ramirez expected to clear waivers
Discussion: Dodgers Blog
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
He must have his reasons, but what are they?  —  So it's official: He really is an idiot.  —  I say this with no malice and all due respect.  “Idiot,” you must remember, was the title of Johnny Damon's 2005 best-selling autobiography (a work often compared with Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” and Dostoevsky's “Notes From the Underground").
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Joe McDonald / ESPN:
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia could have season-ending foot …
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Beckett reverses fortunes, helps Boston to 5-3 win
Discussion: Boston Globe and Yahoo! Sports
External / Associated Press:
Beckett solid in day win vs. Mariners
Discussion: ESPN and Lookout Landing
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
Anthony DiComo / MLB.com:
Martinez on DL at Triple-A Buffalo  —  NEW YORK — Three days after aggravating his surgically repaired right knee in a game at Triple-A Buffalo, outfielder Fernando Martinez landed on Buffalo's seven-day disabled list with right knee soreness.  —  Martinez, 21, was batting .253 for Buffalo …
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
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: HardballTalk and Lookout Landing
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
New York Yankees not targeting Hiroki Kuroda, GM says  —  TORONTO — General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that even though the pitching-depleted New York Yankees are engaged in a bitter division battle with the Tampa Bay Rays, he does not anticipate going outside the organization for help before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.
David Haugh / Chicago Tribune:
Williams always on call  —  Sox GM taking bum rap for weekend personnel decisions as roster moves weren't appealing  —  We can agree Ken Williams laughing at a comedy club in Schaumburg on Saturday night while his White Sox were grinding through their longest day of the season in Kansas City looked bad.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Twins Claim Randy Flores  —  The Twins claimed lefty reliever Randy Flores off waivers from the Rockies, according to a press release.  The 35-year-old posted a 2.96 ERA with 5.9 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 27.1 innings for the Rockies this year, but the Rockies designated him for assignment last week.
Stephen Hawkins / Associated Press:
Guerrero, Hamilton power Wilson, Texas past Twins  —  ARLINGTON, Texas—Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton homered in support of C.J. Wilson, who won his sixth consecutive decision for the Texas Rangers, in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in a matchup of division leaders Wednesday night.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Mariners win 4-2 to get a split  —  Game over: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2  —  Lowell singled but Nava grounded into a double play and Lowrie flied to left.  —  The Sox split and at best will gain only a half-game today, putting then 5.5 back as they head to Tampa.  —  Middle of the 9th: Mariners 4, Red Sox 2
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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: Gaslamp Ball
Meech One / The Fightins:
The Circumstances Which Led To Roy Oswalt Playing Left Field  —  I'm not really sure what I just witnessed tonight, but if you stick around I'll do my best to explain.  —  The Phillies began this evening's game playing in front of the largest crowd at CBP this season (thanks to Chooch bobblehead night) …
Discussion: The Big Lead and Crashburn Alley
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Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Howard's ejection forces Oswalt to field
Discussion: Baseball Daily Digest
 
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