Monday Bird Droppings

IN THE PLAYOFFS

Long layoff between starts no big deal to Lee | MLB.com: News
"Obviously, I was preparing to potentially pitch yesterday," Lee said, "so I'd been on my routine like that. Now I'm obviously pitching the first game. I'm just going to make the adjustment and kind of push it back a couple of days. Yeah, it's not that big of a deal." Obviously.

School of Roch: The Happy Slacker
Roch Kubatko asks if anyone would be interested in signing Aubrey Huff. I mean, honestly? - Stacey

Why Rangers World Series MVP could be Bengie Molina (and he'll get a ring no matter what) | The Dallas Morning News
Bengie Molina spent the first part of the year with the Giants and the second part with the Rangers, so no matter what happens, he'll get a WS ring. - Stacey

 Your SF Giants: Knuckleheads who win
Those Giants are just a bunch of crazy cards! Actually, I just like that Jeremy Affeldt wears a baseball cap that reads, "Douchefeldt." - Stacey

Fox-Cablevision Feud Threatens World Series Views - NYTimes.com
Thanks to their dispute, many in the New York metropolitan area are currently without Fox and could miss the World Series. Guess it's a good thing the Yankees aren't playing in it, then. -Stacey

A-Rod Finally Leads Rangers To World Series | The Onion
"It was a long time coming, but you have to give the guy credit. He was the Rangers' MVP, no question." - Stacey

Orioles Insider: S.F. Giants well-represented by former Orioles 
Aubrey Huff, the thong-wearing, wise-cracking first baseman of the National League champion San Francisco Giants, certainly gets much of the attention, but he is not the only ex-Oriole on the Giants’ roster.

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Orioles Insider: Mahoney sprains wrist, returns home to see team doctors
Joe Mahoney managed to hurt his wrist in his first game action in Venezuelan winter ball. He's returned to Baltimore to get it checked out by team doctors.

Sarasota County: Commission race rivalry rooted in Orioles deal | HeraldTribune.com
"Antunes says the county kept spring training negotiations with the Baltimore Orioles "under wraps until it was a done deal." Barbetta counters that a recent court decision proves the county conducted the negotiations properly and contends the county got "one hell of a deal."

Verdugo, Scorpions staff sharp in 6-1 win | MLB.com: News
Wynn Pelzer (Orioles) pitched around three walks in a scoreless sixth and former first-round pick Rex Brothers (Rockies) gave up one hit over two frames before Cole Kimball (Nationals) allowed the Desert Dogs' only run on a pair of hits in the ninth.

Schmuck column Orioles free agents - baltimoresun.com
If the Orioles truly want to be competitive in the American League East, it's time to hit the Yankees and Red Sox where it will hurt the most. In the winter.

School of Roch: Should Kranitz return?
You've seen the pitching numbers since Showalter took over on Aug. 3. They present a pretty good argument for keeping Rick Kranitz. Here's something else to consider: The young starters want him to return. They like working with him, and he's familiar with them.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Jays expected to name John Farrell skipper soon | MLB.com: News
The Red Sox are losing their pitching coach as he goes to the Blue Jays to replace Cito Gaston.  - Stacey

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