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The Yankees apparently are looking to trade Randy Johnson, who just happens to possess a no-trade clause in his contract. He'd probably surrender it for a chance to pitch on the West Coast. He won't be coming to Baltimore.

Just to halt that rumor before it starts.

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I guess the Yankees need to make room for Carl Pavano, just in case he's ready to, you know, pitch.

The Orioles remain in talks with the representatives for Craig Wilson and Aubrey Huff, but it doesn't appear that anything is imminent. It should be fairly quiet this week. It usually is between Christmas and Jan. 1. But phone calls are being made each day.

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Fanfest is scheduled for Jan. 14. How fast will that change if the Ravens have a home playoff game that same day?

Quick: You only have time to get one autograph. Do you stand in line for Jamie Walker, Chad Bradford, Danys Baez or Scott Williamson?

Or are you pre-occupied with getting Paul Bako's signature?

Me? I'm going straight to Freddie Bynum.

Going back to the 1983 ALCS, how putrid were those White Sox uniforms? I've seen slo-pitch softball teams that looked better.

Jim Dwyer batted .370 with runners in scoring position that season. What a great guy to bring off the bench in the late innings and give the occasional start in right field.

Earl Weaver was one year into his retirement, but I'm reminded how brilliant he was at using his bench. He always seemed to know the right time to insert Dwyer, Benny Ayala, Terry Crowley, John Shelby, Lenn Sakata, Kiko Garcia, Glenn Gulliver, etc. He got more out of Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein than anyone could have reasonably expected.

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