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Teams will need to set their playoff rosters after today, so if anyone wants to add reliever LaTroy Hawkins, they better get crackin'.

Vice president Jim Duquette indicated yesterday that a deal is unlikely, and that includes Kevin Millar, one of the names I tossed at him. It doesn't appear that any serious talks concerning Hawkins have taken place in a few weeks. And when I say "serious," I might be getting a little loose with the language.

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To the reader who asked about Sidney Ponson's grievance hearing: The August date was set while he was pitching for St. Louis, and the Cardinals were scheduled to play in New York. It's been pushed back again. As far as I know, a new date hasn't been confirmed. This thing could drag into the winter.

Taking tvdpdx's challenge, I looked up Hobie Landrith in the Orioles' media guide. He caught in 1962-63. A left-handed hitter. Cool nickname. Real name Hobert. Not so cool.

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ESPN's John Clayton says he expects the Ravens to make a "big jump" this season.

Hopefully, he means more distance than the passes Steve McNair is completing in the preseason.

The starters usually don't play more than a few snaps in the final exhibition game, but after last week's showing, the Ravens might be on the field a little longer than normal.

And after watching the Redskins last week, I'd expect their starters to play all four quarters and run laps afterward.

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