Friday Bird Droppings

IN THE PLAYOFFS

Only upstart Giants stand in way of Phils, history | MLB.com: News
"Say what you will about the boys in pinstripes over in the American League, but the Phillies enter the National League Championship Series on Saturday with some serious momentum and sky-high expectations, having dispatched the Reds in three games in the NL Division Series after closing out the regular season with a 27-8 kick."

Yankees, Rangers renew '90s playoff rivalry | MLB.com: News
"The Yankees defeated the Rangers in Division Series in 1996, 1998 and 1999, winning nine of 10 games in the process. As this 2010 AL Championship Series begins, it is obvious that the Rangers are a completely different club now, although the Yankees are still getting significant contributions from players who experienced those earlier victories, the "Core Four" -- Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada."

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Romine leads Desert Dogs to victory | MLB.com: News
The Phoenix Desert Dogs gave the Scorpions their first loss of the year, 5-1. Greg Miclat had a single and a double while Xavier Avery went 0-4 with a K. Kam Mickolio pitched one inning, giving up a hit and striking out two. - Stacey

First Annual Orioles Blogger Season Awards | Baltimore Sports Report
BSR solicited votes from Camden Chat, Camden Crazies, and Oriole Post on a few awards. I like awards where only four people get to vote. -Stacey

School of Roch: A little housekeeping (update on Ernie Tyler)
"Longtime umpires attendant Ernie Tyler remains hospitalized at the University of Maryland Medical Center after undergoing successful surgery on Oct. 6 to remove a benign brain tumor, but a team official tells me that doctors are pleased with his progress."

North Bend man reflects on playing on Orioles' 1970 title team - Fremont Tribune
"We didn't try to do anything differently in 1970 than we did the year before or in 1971 when we lost to the (Pittsburgh) Pirates in seven games." Eddie Watt may be a name you never heard of, but he pitched on the '70 O's World Series winner and the '69 and '71 AL champs.

Explore Howard: The Driver's Seat / O’s Scott shoots for big game, not homers, in offseason
"It was awesome. My cousin set up the trip. My brother shot an elk. I got a red stag," Scott said. He's also heading to Venezuela on a missions trip.

Orioles Insider: Get Fox, and Wolf goes free
"Righty reliever Ross Wolf, a former Orioles farmhand who was dealt to the Oakland A’s in June for infielder Jake Fox, has elected to become a free agent instead of accepting an outright assignment to Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate."

Matusz, Jones nominated for TYIB Awards | orioles.com: News
"For their efforts, Brian Matusz has been nominated in the X-Factor category in the 2010 MLB.com's This Year in Baseball Awards, and Adam Jones is one of the finalists for Oddity of the Year for his May 22 inside-the-park homer."

Steve Melewski: MacPhail's take on the Baseball America lists
"But still, at the end of the day, you'd like to have more than just those few. Part of it is also a function of some of our guys matriculating to the big leagues." If Andy MacPhail spins anymore, he could make butter just by holding a glass of milk.

Steve Melewski: One final thought: My take on the top prospects' lists
"To me it raises a red flag or two and is cause for concern, but certainly not wide spread panic. It doesn't mean everything the O's are doing is wrong or that they can't produce talent."

JUST BECAUSE...

Even Justin Bieber mocking Tom Brady's 'do in new online rap video - baltimoresun.com
I don't know what a Justin Beiber is, but even it is making fun of Tom Brady's hair. 

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