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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Phillies' Roy Halladay throws no-hitter in 4-0 playoff victory over Reds - baltimoresun.com
I'm pretty sure that means the Phillies didn't get any hits. No, wait, I mean the Reds. Yeah, the REDS didn't get any hits. That's how it works. My bad.

Poised Lee fans 10 to lead Rangers in Game 1 | MLB.com: News
Cliff Lee, after pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, held the Rays to one run over seven innings and pitched the Rangers to a 5-1 victory over the Rays in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday afternoon.

So much for scare, Teixeira blast is fair | MLB.com: News
So, there's that.

AND IN ORIOLES' NEWS...

School of Roch: Tyler undergoes surgery: "Everything went well"; Roberts CT scan is clear
"Ernie Tyler, the longtime umpires attendant who was rushed to University of Maryland Medical Center Saturday afternoon, underwent successful surgery this morning to remove a benign brain tumor." And Brian Roberts had a CT scan after all, and came back clear.

Orioles, Nationals See Dramatic Ratings Improvements on MASNsports.com
"Ratings soared when new manager Buck Showalter took over in early August. During the first two weeks of Showalter's tenure, the Orioles earned a 4.7 HH rating in Baltimore (51,000 households) and frequently beat the broadcast networks' prime-time lineups."

Steve Melewski: Solid first season for Arrieta ended on high note
"By the end of the 2010 season, Jake Arrieta was what we thought he was. One of the top pitching prospects in baseball."

Orioles Review: Looking Back at Preseason Debates | Baltimore Sports Report
BSR takes a look back at some of the questions surrounding the Orioles and how they played out.

Adam Jones Unplugged " KyleStack.com
Kyle Stack interviewed Adam Jones for aimNew York and posted the entire interview on his blog.

You think you had a bad year? - Kevin Cowherd - baltimoresun.com
"It's a lesson to myself, a lesson to the kids to not do that, no matter how frustrated you are," an embarrassed-looking Roberts said. A lesson to the kids? I don't know, Brian. I'm guessing even a fourth-grader knows that smacking your head with a bat is a bad idea."