Johnny Damon is staying in Detroit. The Tigers outfielder said he decided to pass up a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox claimed him on waivers this week, and it was up to him to approve the deal because of the no-trade clause in his contract. Damon said before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City that he turned down the move.
The expectation around baseball is that outfielder Manny Ramirez will be placed on waivers early this week. Baseball sources say there remains a high probability that unless Ramirez exercises his no-trade clause, he will be with another team by Aug. 31 -- the deadline for postseason roster eligibility. FoxSports.com is reporting that the White Sox will claim Manny with the intention of acquiring him, once he is put on waivers. The Rays and Rangers also are interested in Ramirez, sources say, but a claim by the White Sox would preclude either of these teams from getting a chance to obtain him.
The Clark County (Nevada) coroner's office ruled Tuesday that 25-year-old professional golfer Erica Blasberg's death was a suicide. Blasberg died May 9 at her home in Henderson, about 15 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. She was found with a plastic bag over her head. Henderson police said that while no foul play is suspected they have issued a misdemeanor arrest warrant for Dr. Thomas Hess on obstruction charges. Police said Hess, who discovered Blasberg's body, removed items from the scene, including a suicide note.