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Don Mattingly got his at-bat with The Boss and Sons yesterday to interview for the Yankees' managerial opening, and the smart money is on the former All-Star first baseman to be Joe Torre's replacement. Mattingly deserves it. He has served that franchise in good times and bad, he was a loyal acolyte to Torre, and he's done nothing but bring credit to that organization.

But from a Baltimore perspective, it would be interesting to see Joe Girardi in that Yankee dugout, wouldn't it? The guy who rejected the Orioles managing the team Orioles fans most loathe. Not that fans here should need any more reason to get worked up about the Yankees. But perhaps if enough passion were raised out there, it would help wrest Camden Yards back from the New York invaders.

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Still, Mattingly is the guy who should get this opportunity. So, all the luck in the world to him -- which he'll really need once he does become manager.

*  The Colorado Rockies and their outsource techies managed to get the team's online World Series ticket sales system to work yesterday and moved approximately 50,000 tickets in about 2 1/2 hours. On Monday, the ticket system crashed, presumably because greedy evil-doers in far-off places with powerful robotic fingers playing The Flight of the Bumblebee on computer keyboards were pummeling the system with unethical cyber tactics. The Red Sox had a much more orderly system where fans applied for the tickets ahead of time and winners were chosen in a lottery. When all is said and done, almost everyone attending the games will have probably scored their seats in the same way -- on eBay.

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