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The September Surge, pennant-race propriety, Ozzie Guillen and Sandy Alderson

First, we have new playoff brackets:

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4) or Tampa Bay (4).

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4).

Thoughts: Well, since this is our lead item, let's just jump ahead, because we're going to tackle this morning Spadafore style.

News: The Rays defeat the Yankees, and the Red Sox lose to the Orioles,...

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Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mets and Red Sox rebounds

Greetings from Toronto, one of our planet's cleaner cities. 

First, your updated playoff brackets:

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Texas (3), Detroit (2) vs. Boston (4).

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4).

Thoughts: The Brewers' victory in Cincinnati, combined with the Diamondbacks' loss in San Diego, put Milwaukee back on top in the see-saw battle...

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The eternal debate over the meaning of 'valuable'

New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson makes

(Credit: AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Since we're experiencing a September slumber in Major League Baseball, there probably will be even more discussion than usual of the Most Valuable Player races.

Which is fine. Any subject that gets people so fired up is good for business.

Many media folks have checked in on this subject, most recently Tyler Kepner with this thoughtful piece, which features the words on the actual ballot...

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David Einhorn, Gary Carter, Jesus Montero and Alex Rodriguez

So David Einhorn's deal to buy into the Mets is dead, which means that the future of the Mets ownership is once again in question.

First of all, what happened? It didn't take someone as smart as Alex P. Keaton to realize that the talks weren't going well. After all, the two sides announced an agreement on May 26 and expressed hope that it would be finalized by the end of June.

Einhorn,...

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Jesus Montero, Alex Rodriguez, Ike Davis and moves by the Giants and Rangers

The New York media lost to the Boston media this morning, 4-2 at Fenway Park, to even out the 2011 media series at one game apiece.

Now onto actual baseball:

--Jesus Montero will be at Fenway Park tomorrow, as Joel Sherman first reported, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Montero started at DH against Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.

It's time. Some might argue it's well beyond time. The...

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Alex Rodriguez, Stephen Strasburg and Barry Bonds

Greetings from an absolutely beautiful night at Fenway. I had a long drive from the Hamptons to here, but gosh, did I enjoy taking the ferry from Orient Point to New London. Really cool, and the ideal day to sit outside on a large boat and enjoy a breathtaking view.

Just a few quick things, as we're getting close to first pitch:

--Derek Jeter is in the Yankees' starting lineup tonight,...

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Freddy Garcia, Alex Rodriguez, the MVP debate and the NL West

Let's do four items today, in honor of "Four" being the right answer to Thornton Mellon's verbal econ final in "Back to School."

1. If you're the Yankees, what do you do about Freddy Garcia? In his first start following his mysterious kitchen accident, Garcia easily handled the Orioles, leading the Yankees to their second straight victory.

The 34-year-old added...

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Catching up: Irene, Derek Jeter, Jose Reyes and Jim Thome

Greetings, everyone. Thoughts and prayers to any and all of you who were impacted by Irene. 

I ordinarily pay less attention to action during my vacation week, and of course, that went double this time, what with pretty much everyone focused on other matters. So let's get up to date on the largest matters of the past nine days.

First of all, just one change in the playoff brackets:

AL:...

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A.J. Burnett, a tough day for the Mets, Justin Verlander and the Sunday Insider

The Yankees lost, thanks to an abominable start by A.J. Burnett. Shocker.

Not much more to say on this guy, is there? He'll stay in the rotation this coming week because the Yankees have a doubleheader coming up next Saturday in Baltimore. Beyond that, however, the only way he should be getting starts is for the doubleheader in September against Tampa Bay (yet to be scheduled) and if the club...

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Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Nova, the playoff schedule and the alleged Blue Jays' sign-stealers

Greetings from a pleasant night at the Stadium. Just a few items on the docket:

--Alex Rodriguez, rehabilitating down in Tampa, remains on track to play Friday in a minor-league game, and Joe Girardi said that A-Rod should be able to join the Yankees on their road trip next week, starting Monday in Kansas City. Interestingly, though, Girardi said he would guess that A-Rod would not be ready...

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