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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Giants wave a magic Juan, walk off for 3-1 lead | MLB.com: News
And MLB.com has one of the most irrelevant lede paragraphs in baseball memory. You gotta read it to believe it.

CC y'all in Texas: Yanks force Game 6 | MLB.com: News
"There is no one the Yankees would rather turn to in a potential elimination game than CC Sabathia, and the ace delivered hope, forcing the American League Championship Series back to Texas with a 7-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday." They failed to mention the dying child he rescued from a clubhouse fire in the 6th inning and how he magically healed Tex's hamstring with some ice and lighter fluid after the game. Can't believe they missed that.

IN ORIOLES NEWS

Steve Melewski: After surgery, Erbe looks for smoother, cleaner mechanics
"This gives me a chance to start over and create enough muscle memory in the throwing process that when I throw bullpens and in games the mechanics will be a lot smoother and cleaner."

2011 Top 10 prospects: Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles - Hardball Times
How bad is our system? Hardball Times lists Matt Hobgood as our #3 prospect. Ouch.

Britt's Bird Watch: Odds and Ends
*It's been written and speculated that Terry Crowley is a lock to come back as hitting coach and that may end up being true. However, nothing is set in stone and a scenario where Crowley comes back as some kind of instructor or roving role isn't out of the question. " Britt, please don't give us false hope.

Winter Leagues: Arizona Fall League: Statistics | MLB.com: Events
Wynn Pelzer got a hold!