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IN THE PLAYOFFS

Ankiel shows Giant-slayer power at 11th hour | MLB.com: News
"The Braves erased an early four-run deficit, overcame the loss of closer Billy Wagner and claimed a 5-4, 11-inning win over the Giants on Friday night after Rick Ankiel's splash solo blast landed in the water on the other side of the right-field wall at AT&T Park."

Red E for prime time: Phils win episode of Lost | MLB.com: News
"It was just a weird, weird, awkward day," Ryan Howard said following Friday's 7-4 victory over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, which handed the Phils a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series."

Self Parody Alert: The New York Post declares Lance Berkman "A True Yankee" | HardballTalk
I really don't need to add anything to that headline, do I?

IN ORIOLES/AREA NEWS

Steve Melewski: Analyzing Markakis
"If Nick Markakis hit .338 this year with runners in scoring position and .299 last year, how come last year he drove in 101 runs and this year he had just 60 RBI?" To his credit, Steve then dissects why hitters can't control their RBI totals.

Orioles' Adam Jones: To beat Yankees, keep their table-setters off base - USATODAY.com
"As a member of an AL East team, it's not surprising the Orioles' Adam Jones would pick the Yankees and Rays, both division brethren, to advance to the league championship series."

Orioles: Orioles eye potential free-agent targets - baltimoresun.com
"We haven't made any secret of the fact that we think we need to address the middle of the order, and that's a hard thing to do," MacPhail said."

Orioles Insider: Ernie Tyler Update 
"Not a whole lot to report except doctors are pleased with the improvements being made, according to his son Jimmy."

'SB Nation Hour' Premiers Tonight At 11 p.m. - SB Nation DC
So, SBNation DC gets its own radio show. Huh. In the immortals word of Ben Folds, "It makes me real pissed off and it makes me wanna say....." I'll let you Google the original, uncensored words to "Rockin' The Suburbs" and finish the sentence.