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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Giants' Ross is Braves' pain, epic career over | MLB.com: News
"This was the only way the Giants could have ended their latest dramatics, clinging to a one-run lead with the tying and winning runs on base."

IN ORIOLES NEWS

School of Roch: A scout's take - Part III
"Looking at your club, I think the kid in right field (Nick Markakis) is a .300 hitter, 20 home runs, 90 RBIs, plus-defender, three-hole hitter. The center fielder (Adam Jones), I think he's going to be a star. The guy that I've kind of gone backward on is (Felix) Pie. I thought he was stepping up, but right now he's a guy that I'm not real sure about, whether he's going to be more than an extra outfielder, whether he can be an everyday guy or not. It comes down to makeup."

Steve Melewski: For O's Erbe, the comeback begins
"The first week after the surgery your arm is dead with no muscles and everything starts to atrophy. After a couple of weeks, you are out of the sling and brushing your teeth again. You can put a shirt on. You can lift your arm, little things like that you have to re-learn."

Virtual Vensanity: Photo caption challenge: Koji loves Ray-Ray
You gotta see this photo of KOJI! wearing a Ray Lewis jersey to Sunday's game.

School of Roch: MacPhail: "It's truly in Buck's hands..."
"President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail doesn't believe that an announcement on the coaching staff is "on the horizon," but he adds that it's "truly in Buck's hands, what he does and the circumstances."

Orioles Insider: Arizona Fall League begins today
"Orioles prospects listed on the Scorpions roster are pitchers Oliver Drake, Pat Egan, Kam Mickolio and Wynn Pelzer, catcher Caleb Joseph, infielders Ryan Adams, Greg Miclat and Tyler Townsend and outfielder Xavier Avery. Joseph and Townsend are listed as "taxi squad" players, meaning they’ll play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The league has games six days each week, with the championship game scheduled for Nov. 20."

Showalter still formulating plans for O's staff | orioles.com: News
"Orioles manager Buck Showalter's preference in naming his coaching staff for 2011 is still "the sooner, the better," although he acknowledged on Monday afternoon that there is "nothing imminent" on that front."