Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 10-3, Kussmaul 0-2.
Doyle has a 96 K / 33 BB ratio while allowing 107 H in 116.1 IP.
Jon Heyman tweets there’s no evidence of serious trade talks between the Sox and the Dodgers. He adds the Dodgers could choose to keep Manny. Manny wasn’t in the Dodgers lineup for the 3rd consecutive game. Joe Torre said he’s becoming “superstitious” about starting Manny. Mike says the Sox need to create leverage by pretending they’re interested in Adam Laroche. Or really go after him.
The Dodgers want the Sox to pay all the remaining salary:
Ramirez is owed about $1.1 million for the rest of this season, but he’s also owed about $3.2 million in deferred salary next season. The Dodgers don’t want to pay any of that if Ramirez is sent to the Sox, team sources said Friday.
The Sox, in turn, have offered to assume only about $2 million of the total remaining salary. … The Sox also are expected to send one or more prospects to the Dodgers as part of any trade.
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Rienzo has a 115 / 31 BB ratio, and 90 H in 95.0 IP.
Dyck @ CT:
Nothing will happen over the weekend, according to one source familiar with the proceedings, allowing both sides to assess where they are and exactly what they need.
Assess where they are and exactly what they need? I hope this is a joke.
Both teams know where they are. The Sox are 3.5 games the Twinkies behind in their division and there’s no other team between the two. The Dodgers are 5 games behind the Giants in the Wild Card and there are 3 more teams between the two. There also are 2 teams right behind them.
Both teams know what they need. The Sox need a DH in their quest to catch the Twinkies. The Dodgers need to get rid of Manny’s contract since it’s unlikely all 4 teams slip (don’t forget 2 teams right behind them) and they go to the top.
Can we speed things up please?
Stark @ ESPN tweets:
White Sox were the team awarded the claim on Manny, according to MLB source. Strong indications Rangers & Rays also claimed him.
Stark @ ESPN writes:
The Chicago White Sox on Friday were awarded the claim on Manny Ramirez, according to a source monitoring the waiver wire.
No National League team put in a claim on the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. But two other American League teams claimed Ramirez, and strong indications are those teams were the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox were awarded the claim because they were the AL contender with the lowest winning percentage. …
Now the Sox and the Dodgers have until 12:30 pm CT Tuesday to work out a deal for Manny.
UPDATE: Merkin’s analysis:
One school of thought is that the Dodgers will wait until the last moment to decide on a trade, letting another weekend pass to see if they remain in contention for a National League playoff spot. The Dodgers entered Friday’s action sitting in fifth place in the NL Wild Card race but only five games behind the top spot.
Paying the $4.5 million to Ramirez for one month of service — basically $1 million more than left-hander John Danks is earning for the full 2010 campaign — would seem like a prohibitive cost. But the White Sox play 16 of their final 22 games at U.S. Cellular Field, including four against the Red Sox from Sept. 27-30, and the presence of Ramirez could increase the daily gate.
Rosenthal tweets “To expand upon what I wrote, Manny decision rests w[ith] Dodgers. White Sox ready to act. Source says Manny NOT asking for extension…Had been told earlier that he wanted additional year to waive no-trade.”
another Rosenthal tweet: Dodgers 5 back in WC race; might have prompted claim, or claims. Teams daring Ned Colletti to give up Manny while in race.
Heyman tweets many teams claimed Manny. No word who won the claim.
Morosi tweets neither the Rays nor the Yankee$ made a claim.
Heyman tweets the Rangers didn’t win the claim.
SBT wants more Ramon too:
they’re committing another lineup travesty by sending Pierzynski out there with such regularity. Not only has the once-beloved catcher played quite poorly this season, but his back-up, Ramon Castro, has been absolutely killing the ball when he’s gotten a chance to play. In 95 PA, Castro has been worth slightly more than 7 runs above average. Pierzynski, on the other hand, has easily offset Castro’s positive contributions, as he’s been 13 runs below average offensively in 400 PA on the year.
Stats: A.J. Pierzynski, Ramon Castro.
Goldstein @ BP:
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI. 17-for-36 (.472) during nine-game hitting streak; .324/.352/.505 in 74 Triple-A games.
and from Tuesday’s update:
Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI
Splitting time between third base at shortstop due to Dayan Viciedo’s promotion, Morel’s positional switches have had no effect on his hitting, as he’s gone 13-for-26 during his current seven-game hitting streak to raise his Triple-A averages to .321/.350/.498. He’s been a surprisingly solid shortstop, although the hot corner is his more natural position, and one where he’ll get a very long look next spring.
Manny wants a 1-year extension to waive his no-trade clause say Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi. If he clears waivers he’d gain leverage to do so. But if the White Sox claim him, as they plan and may have done already, the Dodgers would be able to negotiate with 1 team only and his leverage evaporates.
Also, Manny isn’t in the Dodgers lineup today (2 pm CT stat time).
A solo HR in the 6th inning against Baltimore’s starter Brian Matusz:
Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11385229&c_id=cws (1:04)
MLB Gameday didn’t have any pitch identification data again.