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10:40 AM ET, August 27, 2010

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Joseph White / Associated Press:
Pujols hits 400th, but Nats top Cards 11-10 in 13  —  WASHINGTON—The Washington Nationals aren't planning on any playoff celebrations this year, so they'll make do with moments like Thursday night's thrilling victory.  —  If the St. Louis Cardinals don't start beating last-place clubs, they won't have any postseason joy, either.
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Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
La Russa, Pujols will appear at Washington rally  —  WASHINGTON  • Cardinals first baseman and three-time NL Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols will be among several honorees at a highly publicized and potentially politically charged Saturday morning rally expected to draw more than 20,000 to The Mall.
Matthew Leach / MLB.com:
Pujols belts career home run No. 400  —  WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols' 400th Major League home run wasn't just historic, it was emphatic.  Unfortunately, it was also for naught.  —  In the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 11-10, 13-inning loss to the Nationals on Thursday night …
Canadian Press:
Peralta, Scherzer lead Tigers over Blue Jays  —  TORONTO — Jhonny Peralta hit a three-run homer and Max Scherzer threw eight strong innings as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Thursday.  —  Gerald Laird also went deep with a two-run shot for the Tigers (64-64) …
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John Lott / canada.com:
Jays' Snider stays cool while awaiting his chance  —  PHOTOS ( 1 )  —  Toronto Blue Jays player Travis Snider (C) joins kids from Jays Care Rookie League and the Hospital for Sick Children to unveil Jays Care Community Clubhouse at the Rogers Centre.  —  TORONTO — For the third time in four days …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Surprise Teams Spend On Draft
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Mets' Jose Reyes (oblique) exits game  —  NEW YORK — A strained oblique forced Mets shortstop Jose Reyes to leave Thursday night's game versus the Florida Marlins in the second inning.  The Mets described the injury as “mild,” but said Reyes will not play again until he has no pain in the oblique.
Discussion: NESN.com and Yahoo! Sports
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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Jose Reyes reaggravates injury, Marlins explode for seven runs in sixth, down New York Mets, 11-4  —  New York Mets pitcher Jonathon Niese ties a career-high with eight strikeouts but is pulled during a Marlins seven-run sixth inning.  Jose Reyes (b.) exits in the second inning due to injury.
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Mark Viera / New York Times:
Yankees' New Boss Determined to Carry On  —  Hank Steinbrenner brought to mind the image of the Boss as he barked at his players to get onto the stage for a news conference.  “Let's go!” he said.  —  Steinbrenner was not directing his major leaguers but rather Hank's Yanks, the 18-and-under team he sponsors.
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Matt Ehalt / NY Daily News:
Hank Steinbrenner: New York Yankees will be defending World Series title
Maury Brown / The Biz of Baseball:
Leaked Tampa Bay Rays Docs Make Case for Revenue-Sharing, New Ballpark  —  When the leaked MLB financial documents hit the public, and especially so since The AP got a jump the Sunday night before, the focus was acutely focused on the Pirates.  Given 18 losing seasons, and the fact that the club …
Discussion: River Avenue Blues and DRaysBay
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Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Revenue-sharing system gets exposed
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.
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Andy Pettitte throwing bullpen session in front of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi Friday  —  CHICAGO - It wasn't all that long ago that the Yankees' starting rotation was considered the strongest in the American League, boasting three pitchers on the All-Star team last month in Anaheim.
Discussion: BronxBanterBlog.com
Associated Press:
Liriano outpitches Lee, Twins beat Rangers 6-4  —  ARLINGTON, Texas—Francisco Liriano allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings, Delmon Young hit a three-run homer, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Texas Rangers and struggling Cliff Lee 6-4 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game sweep.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Jamey Newberg / MLB.com:
Newberg Report: Short-term yield
Discussion: Twinkie Town
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
Jay Cohen / Associated Press:
Jackson leads White Sox past Orioles  —  CHICAGO—Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight dominant innings, Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 on Thursday night for their first series victory in three weeks.  —  Jackson allowed three hits …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Friendly wager leads to ejection for Adrian Beltre  —  Both Adrian Beltre and Terry Francona were ejected just prior to the third inning Wednesday night.  (AP)  —  [Click here to listen to Adrian Beltre explain his side of the story after being ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino before the third inning began Wednesday.]
Discussion: THE BOOK
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Quinn Roberts / MLB.com:
Beltre's banter results in pair of ejections
 
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Marc Topkin / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza says Boston Red Sox can't be counted …
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Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank:
Ricky Nolasco says he will start Saturday for the Florida Marlins
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