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May 11, 2009 | Associated Press
New York 5, at Baltimore 3: Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano also connected for the Yankees. at Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3: Jonathan Papelbon powered his way out of a ninth-inning jam with three straight strikeouts after Jason Bay doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth. Detroit 5, at Cleveland 3: Rick Porcello extended Detroit's streak of strong pitching, and the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Indians.
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February 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Johnny Damon would love to return to the New York Yankees. Apparently the feeling isn't mutual. “Going to focus on what we have for now,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said in an email to Newsday on Monday afternoon. That's coming from the general manager of a team that actually has a need in the outfield, with the injured Curtis Granderson expected to be out several weeks. And a team that won a World Series in 2009 with Damon's assistance. "I would have tons of interest to go to New York," Damon said on ESPN Radio earlier on Monday.
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February 26, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Johnny Damon would love to return to the New York Yankees. Apparently the feeling isn't mutual. “Going to focus on what we have for now,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said in an email to Newsday on Monday afternoon. That's coming from the general manager of a team that actually has a need in the outfield, with the injured Curtis Granderson expected to be out several weeks. And a team that won a World Series in 2009 with Damon's assistance. "I would have tons of interest to go to New York," Damon said on ESPN Radio earlier on Monday.
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July 30, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
The baseball pennant race has often been described as a marathon, not a sprint. If that's true, then we're nearing the 18-mile mark of the season this week. Here's Kevin Baxter's handicap of the race so far. (Records through games of Friday.) Setting the pace 1. PHILADELPHIA (66-39): Fifth starter Vance Worley is 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA, and now they have Pence. 2. BOSTON (64-40): Leads division despite having had 4 starting pitchers spend time on DL. 3. N.Y. YANKEES (61-42)
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February 23, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
To Johnny Damon , the Detroit Tigers were the right team. "This is where I wanted to be," he said Monday after completing his $8-million, one-year contract. "The Tigers were my first choice. I love it here and think I am a good fit." Let go by the World Series champion New York Yankees, Damon also drew interest from the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. When it came time to choose, he darted to Detroit. "The Tigers are a scary team and the fact that this team has gotten even younger makes it a lot more fun," he said.
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August 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning Sunday night, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, to finish their first four-game home sweep of their bitter rivals in 24 years. Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer off Phil Coke (4-3) in the top of the eighth, ending Boston's 31-inning scoreless streak and making it 2-1. Daniel Bard (0-1) retired the first two hitters in the bottom half before Damon drove a 98-mph fastball over the right-field fence, bringing the fourth consecutive sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium to its feet.
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November 2, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
The Yankees may have scored the go-ahead run on Alex Rodriguez's ninth-inning double. But if you ask Rodriguez, they won Sunday's game two batters earlier, when Johnny Damon fouled off three two-strike pitches before blooping a single to left to start the game-winning rally. "For me, the whole key of that whole inning was an unbelievable, tenacious at-bat by Johnny Damon," Rodriguez said. "This guy is just a great competitor. Put us in a position to get a big hit there in the ninth."
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July 15, 2005
'We're like zoo animals. People stop and stare, and they can't believe what they actually see when the Red Sox are walking down the street.' Johnny Damon, Boston outfielder
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January 13, 2001
I don't get it. Why on earth was Kevin Malone on vacation with Johnny Damon out there being shopped by Kansas City? I guess he was worn out from not getting Alex Rodriguez and not getting Mike Hampton and not getting Charles Johnson and not getting a manager anyone has ever heard of. But perhaps I should look on the bright side. At least he didn't mortgage the future. We still have all the bright stars in the farm system, like . . . ERIC MONSON Temecula Yes! The Dodgers did not get Johnny Damon!
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April 30, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Not the retiring type When Johnny Damon became a free agent last winter, there were few suitors for his services. "The Yankees were trying to get me back," he said Saturday. "I heard the Angels were talking. I don't think I got an offer from them, but I knew they were interested. " But it was the Tampa Bay Rays who showed the most love, offering a one-year, $5.25-million deal and the prospect of ample playing time. So far that decision has proven to be one of the best acquisitions of the season, with Damon hitting .266 and leading the majors with six game-winning hits and leading all designated hitters with 20 runs batted in. Passing up two contenders for a team that looked to be rebuilding was a curious move for a 37-year-old in the twilight of his career.
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April 23, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter and Bill Shaikin
Manny Ramirez's retirement 2½ weeks ago left the Tampa Bay Rays with a couple of big holes to fill. His absence from the batting order robbed the Rays of what they thought would be one of their top offensive threats. And at the box office, Ramirez's retirement forced the team to cancel a promotional date featuring the player's bobbleheads. Which is when Sam Fuld swooped in to save the day. And if your response to that last sentence was "Sam who?" then you haven't been watching the highlight shows.
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January 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are about to become teammates again, this time in Tampa Bay. Both free-agent outfielders agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Friday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreements were subject to physicals and had not been announced. Damon gets $5.25 million and the chance to earn $750,000 in bonuses based on attendance, the person said.
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August 24, 2010 | Wire reports
Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon , 36, Tuesday rejected a waiver claim by the Boston Red Sox. "These guys really like me here," Damon said, adding he spoke to each of his teammates individually to be sure he was wanted in the Tigers' clubhouse. Damon was popular in Boston when he helped the Red Sox win the 2004 World Series. He fell out of favor, however, with many Red Sox fans when he became a free agent and joined the New York Yankees. Damon's contract gives him veto power over trades to several teams, including the Red Sox. Ordonez to have surgery Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to have season-ending surgery on his right ankle Wednesday.
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August 23, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
Johnny Damon was told Monday by the Detroit Tigers that he had been claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox, but the outfielder said he was mulling over the move. Damon, 36, has until Wednesday afternoon to decide whether he will go to the Red Sox, for whom he played from 2002 to 2005. Damon has a partial no-trade clause in his contract and Boston, where there were hard feelings by fans after he bolted for the New York Yankees, is one of the clubs he can veto. Strasburg to the DL Washington Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of a strained tendon in his throwing forearm.
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May 1, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
— The Angels committed two more errors Saturday, giving them five in the first two games against the Tigers, but the one that led to Detroit's score-tying unearned run in the fifth inning seemed more a mental mistake than a physical error. Johnny Damon doubled to lead off the inning, and Magglio Ordonez followed with a sharp grounder to shortstop Erick Aybar . The speedy Damon took off for third, the ball rolling behind him as it headed for Aybar, but instead of throwing to first for a sure out, Aybar, an aggressive and at times acrobatic defender with a very strong arm, threw to third.
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May 1, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
On the plus side, none of Scot Shields' family members were in Comerica Park on Saturday to witness the walk-off home run he gave up to Johnny Damon, whose solo shot to right field in the ninth inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Angels. The right-hander usually hits up teammates to fill his ticket requests here, but on this afternoon, the Shields clan was back at his home in Northville, Mich., a half-hour west of Detroit, for a party to celebrate the first Communion of his daughter, Kayla.
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February 23, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
To Johnny Damon , the Detroit Tigers were the right team. "This is where I wanted to be," he said Monday after completing his $8-million, one-year contract. "The Tigers were my first choice. I love it here and think I am a good fit." Let go by the World Series champion New York Yankees, Damon also drew interest from the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. When it came time to choose, he darted to Detroit. "The Tigers are a scary team and the fact that this team has gotten even younger makes it a lot more fun," he said.
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