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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Cody Ross takes Roy Halladay deep — twice! — as the Giants take Game 1 | HardballTalk
Wasn't quite the pitcher's duel everyone expected. Could the Giants actually pull this off?

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Twitter / Ken Rosenthal
"Source: #Dodgers, Lilly close on 3-year contract. Announcement could come as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. #Cubs #MLB" Scratch him off the list of potential Mentor 2.0 candidates.

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Steve Melewski: The O's vs. the East & Avery's breakout AFL game
"Whether it be another team not backing up a base and giving up 90 feet and now the guy scores on a sac fly. That's one of the things we are going to pull together and remind them. Why? What's the difference?" Buck Showalter wants to remind his player it is possible to beat teams in the AL East on a regular basis.

Edward Norton talks about his new movie and more importantly, about the O's
"I kind of have a fantasy that [owner Peter] Angelos will move on and let someone else kind of refurbish it. But I think Cal Ripken is going to come back one day and be a manager/GM. He told me once he would be a manager if he could be a GM. So, I kind of hold onto this torch of hope that Cal's going to come back and bring this whole theory he's got of how to build a team and reengineer the Orioles."

Orioles Insider: Townsend to miss some time; Loewen goes deep off Oriole 
"Orioles infield prospect Tyler Townsend could miss up to a week after hurting his hand while playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League." Adam Loewen homered off Wynn Pelzer in yesterday's game.