The Athletics have released Manny Ramirez

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This might be the end of the road for Man-Ram.

The Athletics just announced that they have released Manny Ramirez at his request.

This comes as surprising news, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Ramirez was eligible to return from his 50-game PED suspension at the end of May, but the A’s kept him with Triple-A Sacramento because they weren’t satisfied with his production. The 40-year-old was then bothered by hamstring tightness. He has turned things around a bit recently, hitting safely in six straight games, but he hasn’t shown any of the power we’ve seen from him in the past.

Ramirez ended his stint with the the River Cats with a .302/.348/.349 batting line in 69 plate appearances. He collected three doubles and zero homers while posting a 17/5 K/BB ratio.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, here’s a statement from Ramirez’s agents at Praver Shapiro Sports Management:

“Manny believes he has demonstrated that he is ready to return to the major leagues. However, given that the Athletics could not give Manny any assurance that they plan to promote him in the immediate future he asked for his release. Manny thanks the Athletics for providing him with this opportunity.”

The Athletics enter tonight’s action dead-last in the majors with a .224 batting average. If they aren’t willing to give Manny a shot, what does that tell you?

Fox, ESPN will each broadcast a game of the London Series

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Major League Baseball just announced Fox and ESPN will each broadcast a game between the Yankees and the Red Sox in London next summer.

Fox — and only Fox — will broadcast the first game of the two-game set on Saturday, June 29. That game will start at 1:10PM Eastern time, which will be 6:10PM in London. ESPN will produce an exclusive telecast of the Sunday, June 30 game, which will get underway at 10:10AM Eastern time, 3:10PM London time. The top broadcast teams for each network will handle game-calling duties, with Joe Buck, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal working Saturday and Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney working on Sunday.

No word if these guys will be there: