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08/24/2010 - 3:41pm
Report: Damon choice could be 'no-brainer'
By: DJ Bean

Tigers designated hitter Johnny Damon has told the Boston Globe that his decision of whether to agree to a potential move back to the Red Sox could be made much easier following a talk with his current team.

 

"I think [the Tigers are] still in this," Damon told the Globe. "But I've got to know whether they're going to keep playing me or whether they're going to go with the younger guys. If I'm not going to play as much, the decision is a no-brainer."

 

The Red Sox claimed Damon on waivers Monday but he can veto moves to eight teams, one of which is the Red Sox. The 36-year-old added that Jason Varitek and David Ortiz, who is "very excited" at the prospect of his return, have both contacted him trying to influence his decision.


08/24/2010 - 3:14pm
Laurence Maroney: 'I know I'm the stuff'

FOXBORO -- Patriots fifth-year running back Laurence Maroney believes he still as the ability to show the Patriots and the rest of the NFL why New England chose him in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Minnesota.

 

"I know I'm the stuff," Maroney quipped. "I know how good I am."

 

Maroney said after Tuesday's practice indoors. Earlier in the day, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that Maroney has worked hard in the offseason and training camp and is 'ready to go' and prepared to put his four-fumble season from 2009 behind him.

 

Asked if he's ready to play more on Thursday night against the Rams in preseason game No. 3, Maroney smiled and laughed, "I hope you ask Belichick if you have a request, like a request to see me a lot more. You put that in the papers a lot more, I'm pretty sure he can't let the fans down." 

 

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08/24/2010 - 2:58pm
Lineups: Hall starting at 2B
By: DJ Bean

For the first time in over a week, Bill Hall will be the Red Sox' starting second baseman as the team looks to take the second game of their three-game set with the Mariners. Josh Beckett, who has given up at least six earned runs in each of his last three starts (0-2), is on the mound for the Red Sox.

 

RED SOX

 

1. Marco Scutaro, SS

2. J.D. Drew, RF

3. Victor Martinez, C

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Adrian Beltre, 3B

6. Mike Lowell, 1B

7. Daniel Nava, LF

8. Bill Hall, 2B

9. Ryan Kalish, CF

SP -- Josh Beckett


08/24/2010 - 1:33pm
Rondo withdraws from Team USA

 

According to a press release issued by USA Basketball, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the final spot on Team USA, who will begin their participation in the World Championships Saturday night in Istanbul. 

 

"Rajon came to us and said he was going to withdraw from the team, that he had some family matters to attend to and some things to take care of before the NBA season. He did an outstanding job during our training, we appreciate the effort and commitment he made to our program and he completely has our support," said USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo in the release.

 

Rondo was believed to be teetering on being the team's final cut, telling ESPN.com Tuesday, "I think I'm on the bubble. Just looking at the obvious -- I got a DNP last game. That pretty much speaks for itself." His starting role had been taken over by Derrick Rose, with...

08/24/2010 - 1:30pm
Report: White Sox to claim Manny

According to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, the Chicago White Sox are prepared to claim Manny Ramirez -- with the intention of acquiring him -- once the Dodgers' outfielder becomes available via trade waivers. It was thought that both the Rays and Rangers were also interested in putting in a claim on Ramirez, but such a move would be negated if the White Sox acted since Chicago is before either team on the waiver wire order due to record. According to Rosenthal, the Dodgers haven't yet placed Ramirez on waivers, and the White Sox could potentially back off staking a claim if they fall further than their current deficit of 4 1/2 games in the Central Division widens. Ramirez would still have to waive his no-trade clause for a deal to be struck. For the complete story on FoxSports.com click here.


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