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So I'm going to call of the much-anticipated live blog today. That's because major league baseball sucks. They put the Sox on national TV and blackout mlb.com video streaming. The problem is that since I'm in DC they are playing the Reds v. Braves on Fox, not the Sox game (why they chose that game for DC eludes me). Then, rather than do something fans might like like lifting the blackout for a game I can't watch on TV, they keep the blackout and make sure no one can watch it. Assholes.

As for the trading deadline, here's a rundown of what I'm hearing and reading:
  • Ramon Ramirez traded to the Giants but not sure for what
  • Sox are going young with Kalish in left, Hermida sent packing, Dustin Richardson in the bullpen and presumably Bowden and now Felix Doubront set to join him. That is exactly the right move.
  • Jarrod "Yips" Saltalamaccia was picked up from the Rangers for some minor leaguers. He's a big talent. Switch hitting 25 year old catcher the Rangers got when they traded Texeira to the Braves. The problem is he's not been hitting well lately and he has the Mackey Sasser yips.

Update 5pm - Ramirez was traded for minor league reliever Daniel Turpen. He's a Double A guy with so so numbers this year. On the surface it seems like they were just trying to get rid of Ramirez to clear space for a youth movement in the pen.

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