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Monday Bird Droppings

Greg Fiume

The playoffs roll on with a full slate of games today. For my money, the A's/Tigers series has been the most enjoyable so far. You have to feel for Braves fans, as Freddy Garcia is tasked with keeping the high octane Dodger offense at bay and staving off elimination. I don't even know that Chavez Ravine can save him.

Not a whole lot cooking in Birdland.

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On this day in 2012, playing in their first divisional playoff playoff game since 1997, the Orioles lost 7-2. They took a 2-2 game into the top of the ninth, when Russell Martin's leadoff home run off of Jim Johnson sparked a five run rally.