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  1. Johnny Damon "definitely leaning toward staying" with Tigers

    Aug 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon has until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET to accept or decline a potential trade to the Red Sox, but said after last night’s game that he’s “definitely leaning towards staying” with the Tigers. As part of the no-trade clause negotiated into the one-year, $8 million contract Damon signed with the Tigers in February…

  2. Sosa fumes at Cubs over his unretired number 21

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Sammy Sosa hit 545 of his 609 career home runs as a Cub, won an MVP as a Cub in 1998 and was named to a total of seven All-Star games.  All as a Cub.  Now the organization seemingly wants little to do with him, and he opened up to ChicagoMag.com on Monday about how…

  3. Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hits home runs 39 and 40

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista launched his 39th and 40th home runs of the year on Monday in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.  It was his sixth multi-homer game of the season and gave him a seven-homer lead on Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols for most in the majors. Bautista is the first American League…

  4. Zimmermann set to return to Nationals' rotation Thursday

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    The Nationals are going to have to shut Stephen Strasburg down for the next few weeks, if not the rest of the season, due to a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm.  It’s disappointing news because the young ace is incredible to watch, but there is a bright side. Replacing Strasburg in the Nats’…

  5. Joe Mauer breaks up Rangers' no-hit bid with one out in ninth

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Party’s over, folks. With one out in the ninth, Joe Mauer broke up the no-hit bid with a hard hit single up the middle, just beyond the outstretched glove of Elvis Andrus. It was the only hit the Rangers would allow in a 4-0 win over the Twins. It spoiled what would have been…

  6. Rob Dibble tells Stephen Strasburg to "suck it up"

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:42 PM EDT

    Don’t act so surprised. We all knew this was coming. During an appearance on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio this afternoon, Rob Dibble essentially called out Stephen Strasburg for being a wimp. I didn’t hear it as it happened, but Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post was nice enough to transcribe it all for us.…

  7. Judge issues gag order (finally!) in Clemens case

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, the judge on the Roger Clemens perjury case has issued a gag order prohibiting “public comments by the principles in the case.” It’s about time. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton is worried that lawyers (that means you Rusty Hardin) and potential witnesses (and you Brian McNamee) could affect the jury…

  8. Conor Jackson to undergo surgery for sports hernia next week

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Athletics assistant general manager David Forst confirmed to Jane Lee of MLB.com today that Conor Jackson will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia next week. Jackson told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday that he was “99 percent sure” that he had a sports hernia, so this new doesn’t come as…

  9. Adding Damon would be too little, too late for Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Red Sox pretty obviously have a need for Johnny Damon. No, mediocre defensive left fielders with 764 OPSs aren’t particularly valuable, but Damon is getting on base 36 percent of the time and he’d likely improve his numbers with a return to Fenway Park, where he’s a career .305/.376/.440 hitter. Damon, though, probably doesn’t…

  10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia released from hospital

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    After four days in the hospital with an infected leg, Jarrod Saltalamacchia rejoined the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Monday and played catch on the field. “I feel fine,” he told the Providence Journal. “I’m just getting my body back into it. But it’s going to take a day or two for that.” The…

  11. Ian Kinsler ready to get back on the field

    Aug 23, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Second baseman Ian Kinsler still needs to be cleared to return, but he’s hoping to begin a rehab assignment this week after undergoing an MRI Tuesday that could pave the way for him to resume baseball activities. Kinsler has been on the DL since the end of June with a strained left groin. According to…

  12. Stephen Strasburg headed for disabled list after MRI confirms strained flexor tendon

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman said this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is all but certain to be placed on the disabled list and a short time later general manager Mike Rizzo revealed that an MRI exam has confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that…

  13. Behold: The most Jon Heyman tweet in the history of Jon Heyman tweets

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    At the risk of being blocked from following him like he did to Craig, this recent Johnny Damon note from SI.com’s Jon Heyman qualifies as the most Heyman tweet of all time. Seriously, instead of simply writing “Damon isn’t sure if he’ll accept the move” we get non-news positioned as an update on a story…

  14. Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move. Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded…

  15. Brewers sound ready to finally pull the plug on Manny Parra

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Manny Parra’s raw stuff has always exceeded his actual performance and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that the Brewers may finally have given up waiting for that to change. Parra fell to 3-10 with a 5.65 ERA by allowing seven runs in six innings against the Padres yesterday and has yet to record an out…

  16. Bryce Harper to meet the press in Washington later this week

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    In news that probably would have excited Nationals fans a whole lot more before Stephen Strasburg’s injury, the team announced that this year’s No. 1 overall pick, Bryce Harper, will meet the Washington media for the first time Thursday. Harper and the Nationals agreed to a five-year, $9.9 million major-league contract just moments before last…

  17. Manny not on waivers yet, but likely to be traded this week

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    The Dodgers activated outfielder Manny Ramirez from the disabled list over the weekend and were expected to place him on waivers immediately. So far, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, that has not happened…

  18. Red Sox reportedly place waiver claim on Johnny Damon

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the mystery team submitting a waiver claim for Johnny Damon was … the Red Sox. Seriously.

  19. Lou Piniella has not considered broadcasting future

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    VIDEO: Lou Piniella got a bit emotional when reflecting on his career as a manager Sunday and told reporters that he has not yet considered a return to broadcasting. For now, he’s simply headed home.

  20. Carlos Gomez will return Tuesday, but as a backup

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list back in early August after getting nailed in the head by a pitch.  He had a concussion, and dealt with symptoms for a little over two weeks before beginning a minor league rehab assignment last week.  Now he’s coming back to the big leagues. According…

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