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2:20 AM ET, August 27, 2010

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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 …
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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: Yahoo! Sports and NESN.com
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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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
Joseph White / Associated Press:
Pujols hits 400th, but Nats top Cards 11-10 in 13  —  WASHINGTON—Ian Desmond singled home Nyjer Morgan in the bottom of the 13th inning and the Washington Nationals overcame Albert Pujols' 400th home run Thursday night in an 11-10 roller-coaster win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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
 
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Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Garza says Boston Red Sox can't be counted …
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