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Here's hoping that someone gave B.J. Sams a ride to the stadium tonight. Mile High is just an expression, you know. It's not a requirement to play there.

With the Yankees in dire need of another starting pitcher, and owner George Steinbrenner required by law to overreact and overspend, is there any doubt that they'll back up the truck for Barry Zito?

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I'm not sure he's a New York kind of guy, but there are millions and millions of reasons why we'll likely find out.

Zito's friend, former Orioles outfielder Eric Byrnes, says the left-hander has three or four teams on his preferred list. The Yankees are one of them.

You already know that the Orioles are not.

Zito will start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, opposing Nate Robertson.

In case you're planning a trip to Honolulu later this year and want to take in a little baseball, the Orioles are sending six of their minor leaguers to play Hawaii Winter Baseball: Pitchers Bruce Gallaway, Dave Haehnel and Jeff Moore, and infielders Ryan Finan, Paco Figueroa and Jonathan Tucker.

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