Manny going to Chicago?

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to sending Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were still being worked out, expects the deal to be completed today, but whether it’s a trade or waiver claim is still to be determined.

The White Sox are hoping Ramirez will be energized by a change of scenery and can give them a lift similar to the one he provided for Los Angeles when he was acquired by the Dodgers in 2008.

The 38-year-old Ramirez is batting .311 this season with eight homers and 40 RBI, but has played in just 66 games due to injuries.


The White Sox gave The Big Hurt a big honor, retiring Frank Thomas’ number before their game against the Yankees.

Thomas fought back tears during an emotional ceremony that included fireworks and several of his former teammates. He thanked the organization and the city, saying “you can only dream of something like this” as his voice cracked.

Among those on hand to see Thomas were Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk and former World Series MVP Jermaine Dye. They got big ovations along with Billy Pierce and Minnie Minoso, while former manager Terry Bevington got booed.


Bob Feller is back watching his beloved Cleveland Indians, a bounce in his step as he is treated for leukemia.

The third-oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame at age 91, Feller said Sunday that he’s “feeling better than I have in weeks,” following two days at Cleveland Clinic and a week of outpatient treatment.

“I just didn’t have my usual energy, so I went in for a checkup and they said my blood count was low,” Feller said. “I spent two days in the hospital and they gave me two quarts of blood. Then they gave me some pills, and I went back every day for a week. They injected three shots of chemo a day.

“I’ve got my energy back. I feel very good. I’ll go back for a checkup next month.”


Padres right-hander Chris Young is scheduled to make a rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Portland at Reno as he continues to work his way back from a shoulder injury. … Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game because of a bruised right hand. … The Atlanta Braves recalled left-handed pitcher Mike Minor and optioned reliever Craig Kimbrel to Triple-A Gwinnett. … Livan Hernandez’s ability to mentor young pitchers, coupled with an unforeseen opening in the Washington rotation, earned the 35-year-old right-hander a one-year contract extension from the Nationals. … Right-hander Robinson Tejeda has been activated by Kansas City. … Mark Teixeira was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup against the Chicago White Sox because of a bruised right thumb. … A fan at U.S. Cellular Field needed medical attention after being struck in the head by a foul ball during the White Sox’s game against the Yankees. … Julio Lugo left the Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Angels in the first inning Sunday after a pickoff attempt hit him in the batting helmet, briefly leaving him motionless on the ground.