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  • Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon is reportedly leaning towards turning down a deal that would send him to the Red Sox. Damon is having a solid year and the Red Sox would like to add him to the fold in hopes of him providing a spark down the stretch. Damon would have joined on with the Yankees or Rays for the final stretch, but there is still some bad blood between Boston and Damon, which is warranted after he left town to join the rival Yankees. Still, if he returns to Boston, he would be embraced almost instantly.
  •  Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said he would be open to a return to Minnesota at some point in his career. Obviously, Hunter reiterated how nice it has been living and playing in L.A., and said he would love to continue his career there, but Minnesota is in a different situation now and Hunter is certainly open to playing there again. Hunter is hitting .290 with 18 home runs and a .366 on-base percentage. Hunter is under contract for another two seasons.
  • The Rangers and Rays are heavily scouting Manny Ramirez, with the White Sox keeping a close eye on the Dodgers outfielder as well. The Dodgers are expected to put Ramirez on waivers, but one source informed me that he wouldn't be surprised to see a team put a claim on Ramirez to block a first place team from landing him.