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IN THE PLAYOFFS

NY stuns Texas, could've heard a 'pen drop | MLB.com: News
"[Brett Gardner]'s daring head-first dive produced an infield hit that set an epic rally into motion as the Yankees stormed back from five runs down to stun the Rangers, 6-5, in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night." Yeah, they used THAT word.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Mariners Choose Eric Wedge as Manager, Expect Renewed Intensity -- MLB FanHouse
Eric Wedge wasn't good enough for the Orioles, so the Mariners hired him. Wonder of we'll get five players in return.

Phillies: Meet the 1971 Orioles | Berry Tramel's Blog
"The Philadelphia Phillies have advanced to the National League Championship Series, and I keep thinking one thing. The old Orioles. The Phillies remind me of the 1969-71 Baltimore Orioles."

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Steve Melewski: In pursuit of homers: Should Markakis pull the ball more?
"It's been said and asked before about Nick Markakis by those with the Orioles and some others from outside the organization. Why doesn't he pull the ball more and hit a bunch of homers over that right-field scoreboard?"

Inventors Digest - The Invention Magazine for Idea People
" We caught up with him during the 2010 Ripken World Series youth tournament in late summer to chat about innovation and baseball."

Orioles' Adam Jones, Diamondbacks' Chris Young break down LCS - MLB - SI.com
Find out whom Adam Jones thinks will win the ALCS.

Orioles Insider: Showalter calls some coaches; no resolution yet
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has begun the process of calling his coaches to inform them that he is still deliberating on the makeup of his 2011 staff.

Orioles Insider: AFL update, other Oriole tidbits
Xavier Avery leads all Orioles prospects with a .308 AVG in the first few games of Arizona Fall League action.

On this date in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis began: Almanac: Oct. 16, 2010 - lehighvalleylive.com
It's also the date the Mets closed out the Orioles to win the 1969 World Series. Coincidence? I think not.

This Date In Baseball | TheSpread.com
1979 - Willie Stargell's two-run homer gave the Pirates a 4-1 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles and the World Series in seven games. Yuck.