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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Cliff Lee dominates Yankees, Rangers grab 2-1 lead in ALCS | HardballTalk
"Cliff Lee held the Yankees to two measly hits over eight shutout innings tonight, striking out 13 and walking just one, leading the Rangers to an 8-0 win and a 2-1 lead in the ALCS. "

A Thought On Cliff Lee's Domination Of The Yankees - Lookout Landing
Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing has some great words about Cliff Lee. And identifying the Yankees as the boss in a video game is brilliant. -Stacey

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Steve Melewski: Monday quick takes
"The Orioles are not saying it publicly, but it sure seems pretty certain that they are not planning to start either Josh Bell or Brandon Snyder in their infield to begin next season."

Explore Howard: The Driver's Seat / Where would Giants be without former Orioles?
"So where would the Giants be without former Orioles? The starting first baseman is Aubrey Huff, who was traded by Baltimore to the Tigers during the 2009 season. The third baseman is Mike Fontenot, who was a first-round pick of the O’s in 2002. He played for Frederick that year in the Carolina League then was named the minor league player of the year in the Oriole system in 2003, when he hit .325 for Bowie."

The Toy Department: Catching Up With ... former Oriole Angelo Dagres
"Who is the only Orioles rookie ever to be signed off the street and suit up for the big league team on the same day? Angelo Dagres, 21, hadn’t played an inning of pro baseball when he trotted out to left field in Memorial Stadium that warm September night in 1955. Fans glanced at their programs, puzzled. Reporters scratched their heads."

Orioles Insider: Where is all the pitching?
"Sure, it would be nice for the Orioles to play "Name Your Price" with Cliff Lee, but it’s hard – impossible actually – to imagine any scenario where the ace lefty signs with the Orioles when the richest and best teams in baseball will be willing to hand him a blank check." I believe, Jeff Zrebiec. I believe.

Orioles Insider: Adams honored for good first week in AFL
"Scottsdale Scorpion infielder and Orioles prospect Ryan Adams shared player of the week honors with Mesa's Brandon Wood after the first week of play in the Arizona Fall League."

Orioles Insider: Showalter, MacPhail to meet with Angelos; all coaches have been contacted
"MacPhail and Angelos traditionally meet in October to discuss the completed season and different options to upgrade the roster. However, this is the first time in several years that the manager will be present, which further strengthens the idea that Showalter will have a major say in the team’s multitude of offseason decisions."

Reds Likely To Decline Orlando Cabrera's Option - MLBTradeRumors.com
The Reds want to sign him cheap, but I know a certain AL East team where a .263 AVG from a shortstop would be a serious upgrade.