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Umm what?

At least that was my response to an ESPN report that the Boston Red Sox have claimed former OF Johnny Damon off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.  It’s unclear why Damon was on the waivers to begin with, although from my understanding, teams regularly put almost every player on waivers in August, however most aren’t claimed.

It’s also unclear at this time what the Red Sox true intentions are – whether it was to keep a competing club, like the Tampa Bay Rays or Chicago White Sox who need outfield help, from claiming him.  Boston itself does need help in their injury-plagued outfield.

Damon was a member of the Red Sox championship team in 2004 which broke Boston’s 86 year championship drought.  He left the Red Sox after the 2005 season, spending 4 seasons as a fan-favorite Yankee.  He declined contract offers from the Yankees this off-season and instead signed with the Detroit Tigers for less money.  Damon is hitting .270 with 7 homers and 40 RBI, well below his numbers while with the Yankees.

There are a few things that need to happen for Damon to join the Sox again.  First, he needs to waive his no trade clause.  Then, the Red Sox and Tigers have 48 hours to negotiate a trade.  If that can’t be done, then the Tigers have the option of letting Damon go for nothing, or they could pull him off waivers and keep him for the remainder of the season.

Last night was all about the team. No individuals here. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Moseley, Lance Berkman.

Dustin Moseley filled in for an injured A.J. Burnett and helped lead the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Mark Teixeira hit his 25th homer, becoming the fourth player to hit at least 25 in each of his first eight big league seasons, and Lance Berkman won over Yankees fans with two doubles.

Jeter broke a tie with The Babe for 39th place on the career hits list with an RBI single in the second inning, his 2,874th hit. Jeter waved his helmet to an standing ovation. Jeter doubled in two runs in the fifth to give New York a 7-1 lead and end Josh Beckett’s night with a Bronx cheer.

(AP photo)

Even A-Rod contributed, becoming just the second (by my count) member of the 600-300 club with his steal.

Beckett allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and there were some discussions on Twitter whether Beckett is now the Yankees’ Daddy (good bye, Pedro).

In the rotation because Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list with a strained groin, Moseley moved up a day when Burnett tweaked his back throwing on flat ground. In his third start, the right-hander worked the corners with a fastball that rarely exceeded 90 mph and gave up six hits and two runs, including a homer to Hall.

In the second inning, Berkman sent a ball down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit with the Yankees in 23 at-bats. He scored when Hall made a diving stop on Brett Gardner’s groundball but his throw sailed past first base for an error.

Gardner scored on Jeter’s hit to make it 2-0.

Teixeira homered leading off the fifth against Beckett and Berkman followed a walk and hit batter with a one-out RBI doubled down the third-base line to make it 4-1.

Cano was hit twice in the fifth, once by Beckett and again by catcher Kevin Cash, whose throw to third hit him in the helmet as he was diving back to the bag. Cano jumped up and raced home. Jeter added a two-run double to right-center.

Phil Hughes goes for the series win today against Jon Lester at 2:05 p.m.
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So what if 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park?  Major League Baseball thinks Kansas City is more deserving of the All Star game in 2012 because they, well, exist.  Commish Bud Selig announced yesterday that the Kansas City Royals would host the 2012 mid-summer classic.

Kansas City had been promised an All-Star game in 2006 after KC voters approved a financing plan to pay for renovations to Kaufmann Stadium.  The Stadium re-opened in 2009 boasting millions in improvements, including a giant big screen to rival that at the new Yankee stadium.

Now that the renovations have been completed, it appears Selig is following through on his promise to award KC with the game, despite what he said were “compelling” reasons to hold the game in Boston.  If you feel that the All-Star game was just at Fenway, you’re right.  The last game there was held in 1999.

If I was a Red Sox fan I would probably be upset by this, but at the end of the day, I think Selig made the right decision.  Boston (and New York) get a lot of extra benefits that most teams don’t because of who they are and how much their tradition means to the game of baseball.  Despite this, it was right for Selig to follow through on the promise he made to the people of Kansas City.  Plus, you cannot hold an all-star game in the same place twice in 13 years when there are 30 clubs in the league.  It has to be somewhat fair.

Still, I like to see Red Sox fans in a huff about this.

ESPN just posted this article dissecting the MVPs of the rivalry since 1995 — the year both teams made the playoffs.

I won’t go into details here, but here are the MVPs of both teams — the lineup and the rotation.

Red Sox MVP: Manny Ramirez (no surprise here, this was to be expected)

Red Sox MVP pitcher: Pedro Martinez (I may have thought of Curt Schilling, but Pedro was around longer than Curt and he had several gems, even if he was the Yankees’ “Daddy.”)

Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez (I think what surprises me the most is that Paul O’Neill is second on the list and Jeter isn’t even in the top five)

Yankees MVP pitcher: Mariano Rivera (No surprises here, and number two is Andy Pettitte, again no surprises here.

I think it’s quite an interesting article to read, so go ahead and click on the link above to read about the MVPs of the rivalry.

Ten games into the toughest part of the Yankees schedule this season, the Bombers are 5-5.  After taking two of three from the Red Sox, the Yankees lost three of four in Detroit to start 3-4.  Another series win against the Twins brought them back to 5-5.

The Yankees are in the midst of a stretch of 20 straight games against teams with winning records and/or are named the New York Mets or Boston Red Sox.

And it doesn’t get any easier this week.  The Yankees play two each against the Red Sox and Tampa Bay before ending the week with a three game set at CitiField against the Mets.  They’ll then earn a day off to travel to Minnesota for their first series at Minnesota’s new Target Field.

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