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Not that the Orioles have any reason to strut into Comerica Park feeling cocky, but the Tigers are fading fast, having lost 14 of their last 21. Their AL Central lead is down to one game. And tonight's starter, Jeremy Bonderman, is winless in his last nine outings.

Orioles television broadcaster Buck Martinez pointed out yesterday on MASN Playmakers how the Tigers badly miss second baseman Placido Polanco, because his presence allows them to "turn over their lineup."

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If they turn over much more this season, they'll be belly-up by the playoffs. The Twins and White Sox look poised to move past them.

Maybe manager Jim Leyland will spot The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec and write his name in the lineup by mistake. The resemblance is uncanny - or a little frightening, depending on your taste.

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Is there any reason to replace Jeff Fiorentino in left field these last few weeks? I'm thinking no.

I just recorded my prediction of the Ravens-Raiders outcome as part of 98 Rock's pre-game show on Sunday:

Ravens 127, Raiders -3.

Yes, I think they'll cover.

Was that a legal hit on Kansas City quarterback Trent Green last week?

No flag was thrown, but the man was deep into his slide before Cincinnati's Robert Geathers drilled him.

Green's teammates searched the field after the play to find one of his contact lenses. Unfortunately, it was still attached to his head.

That's worth 15 yards to me.

At least the Chiefs have Damon Huard to take his place, so no worries.

Damon Huard? Anyone have this guy on their fantasy team?

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