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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Nice place to visit: Rays tie road-show DS, 2-2 | MLB.com: News
While "Deep in the Heart of Texas" played over the sound system at Rangers Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, the Rays were grooving to their own tune: "Stayin' Alive."

Lots to 2nd guess: Giants give up lead, win on E | MLB.com: News
Having overcome numerous obstacles to reach this point, the Giants scaled even more in a messy but thrilling 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

Third time's the arm: Hamels, Phils sweep DS | MLB.com: News
The Phils swept the Reds in the best-of-five series to advance to their third consecutive NL Championship Series, which begins Saturday at Citizens Bank Park against the Giants or Braves.

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Steve Melewski: A couple of notes
"It means a lot. It's an opportunity and I'm going to take it, a chance to get better and see better pitchers. Some of the best talent in the minor leagues will be there," Xavier Avery said of playing in the AFL.

School of Roch: A scout's take - Part II
On Adam Jones: "He's still a guy that, you never have to throw a strike to him. Why throw a strike? Expand the strike zone. So he's not there totally with that, but he plays harder. There's accountability now. I think that he could be a really terrific player for you."

School of Roch: A scout's take
"I think going forward, the starting staff is there. I think the bullpen has issues, but bullpens are always like that from year to year. But it hasn't been taxed."

Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis faced high expectations and had an up-and-down year - The Sun
"Sometimes, I think, he is a little too patient." Yup, that's Terry Crowley critiquing Nick Markakis. In case you needed any more proof the man is lucky to be in, well, baseball.