What, you're not going to cheer for Manny? Of course you are.

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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins has a good point:

At the height of Barry Bonds’ pursuit of the home-run records, Duane
Kuiper and Mike Krukow made lively, enthusiastic calls on the Giants’
network . . . It seems this didn’t go over too well in other cities.
[Michael] Kay, who anchors the Yankees’ telecasts, ripped Krukow and
Kuiper in a public forum for getting so excited over a steroid guy.
[Charlie] Steiner, part of the Dodgers’ radio team, made some equally
rude comments (off the air), establishing himself as a real
high-and-mighty beacon of integrity.

Except it doesn’t work that way. Alex Rodriguez opened the season in
disgrace after the steroid-related embarrassment of spring training,
but that didn’t stop Kay from going nuts when A-Rod slugged his first
home run. Presto — instant hypocrite! Now we get to hear Steiner when
Manny rocks Dodger Stadium for the first time. What, he’s going to
treat it like a funeral while the place is going crazy?

I think the natural reactions of these announcers to the home runs of
Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez — combined with the enthusiasm of fans who continue to eagerly pay to see them play
— is proof positive that the negative stuff most people write about
the steroids users is pure sanctimony, divorced from what real people
actually think and feel about the issue of PEDs in baseball.

Sure, they cheated. And yes, they should be punished just like
anyone else who breaks the rules should be punished. But no one, apart
from some holier-than-thou columnists, is interested in the public
shaming they propose each time a new steroid user is revealed. People
want to be entertained. They want to watch good baseball. Everything
else is pretty damn trivial.

Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord

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John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit.

The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Additionally, the suit claims that the bedding is stained and paint has chipped, as well as other damages. And the piece of art that is allegedly missing, which depicts a tiger, is valued at more than $10,000.

Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.

The Nationals released Rodriguez, 35, two weeks ago after having signed him to a minor league contract in late June. He started the season with the Tigers, but struggled to a 7.82 ERA over 25 1/3 innings before being released.

Report: Rays acquire Lucas Duda from the Mets

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays have acquired first baseman Lucas Duda from the Mets. The Mets will receive pitching prospect Drew Smith in return, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Duda, 31, is batting .246/.347/.532 with 17 home runs and 37 RBI in 291 plate appearances for the Mets this season. He’ll provide a potent bat in the Rays’ lineup as they attempt to overcome their current 2.5-game deficit in the AL East.

Smith, 23, is the Rays’ No. 30 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He ascended from High-A to Triple-A already this season, posting an aggregate 1.60 ERA with a 40/9 K/BB ratio over 45 innings across four stops with High-A Lakeland (Tigers), High-A Charlotte (Rays), Double-A Montgomery, and Triple-A Durham.