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Daily Link Dump 8/5/14: Tigers sign Jim Johnson

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Links before the second game of three against Tampa.

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The Yankees have dealt one of Oakland's favorite punching bags, Matt Thornton, to the Nationals, and they have replaced him on the roster with Rich Hill.

Cleveland has released enigmatic Bay Area native Nyjer Morgan.

Detroit has agreed with Jim Johnson (yes, that Jim Johnson) on a minor-league deal.

The Nationals have interest in Texas reliever Neal Cotts.

Brandon McCarthy has found his footing in pinstripes.

Rangers starter and famed pasta fan Derek Holland struggled in a rehab outing.

Jose Abreu is absolutely amazing and we should all consider ourselves privileged to inhabit the same planet as him.

Oakland fan favorite Matt Garza is headed to the disabled list.

Who have been the most improved pitchers in the league this season?

A Cubs fan decided to tattoo his team's next world championship on his back. He took extra precautions because these are the Cubs, after all.

Jon Heyman has nice things to say about Jon Lester.

Tonight's minor league action includes Deck McGuire looking to build off an excellent River Cats debut, Sean Murphy pitching for the RockHounds and Tim Alderson on the mound in Stockton.

The A's were off on this day a year ago, about to open a two-game set in Cincinnati.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Coco Crisp as the DH. Jed Lowrie has the night off.