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Weekend Briefs....

Former Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren died yesterday at 69 following "a long battle with cancer." Funeral arrangements have not been determined, but it will "be a private service" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 8/3).

The Indians yesterday unveiled a statue of former MLBer Jim Thome outside Heritage Park at Progressive Field. As part of the ceremony, Thome officially announced his retirement (CLEVELAND.com, 8/2).

A's P Jon Lester "sent a farewell message to Red Sox Nation through a full-page ad" today's Boston Globe after being moved at the MLB trade deadline (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/3).
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