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<strong>Your Offseason O of the Day: Lonnie Smith!</strong>
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O's Will Meet With Cuban Defector Chapman -
John Stockstill, director of international scouting, confirmed today that the Orioles will join the growing list of teams scheduled to meet with Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman and his agent next week in New York. -zk

Amid probe of concrete companies, cracks in ramps at new $1.5B Yankee Stadium draw scrutiny
Similar to problems that faced Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field when it opened, the concrete at new Yankee Stadium is cracking within its first year, and since it's New York, the Mob is thought to be at fault. -duck

OnLove - Nuptials: Jessica McKay and Justin Monaldo -
In 2005, Jessica and Justin both worked for the Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Jessica was a ticket operations intern, and Justin was the announcer. The two worked late one night ..... Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. -zk

Suddenlink, MASN still in stalemate over placement - ECU |
Shocking. A cable company is arguing over which tier to place a local sports network on. Bet that's never happened before. -zk

'Men in blue' under scrutiny after a series of botched calls -
Furor over controversial calls eventually dies down, but the umpires and their union also face the prospect of negotiating a labor contract with MLB this winter. Could this year's playoff umpiring further cloud what has been a contentious relationship for decades? The MLB and World Umpires Association representatives will not discuss negotiating strategy. But everything, including the use of replay, is a bargaining chip in the talks. -zk

Late postseason a gamble baseball will eventually lose - MLB - Baseball
Everybody knows the problem. Push baseball back into late October, there's a bigger chance of bad weather. Push it into November, and the chances go up again. -zk

Leyritz, Once a Playoff Hero, Struggles to Get By - Bats Blog -
Outside the walls of Yankee Stadium, underneath the elevated Subway tracks, the former Yankee Jim Leyritz sat at a table underneath a sign with his name written in black marker selling his autograph. -zk

Jeter Coughs Twice on His Way To Stadium
The All-Star shortstop also said there was a "small tickle, kinda like an itch" just towards the back of his throat. -zk

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