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About last night, dear

The significant stuff was off the field.

The mini-series that chronicles the saga of a great sports empire ruled by a powerful patriarch dragged on without resolution. Translation: George hasn't decided to fire Joe Torre yet.

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And the melodrama of a beloved yet tortured franchise (that would be the Red Sox), saw one of its own say: "Lose? Pffft. So what?"

The meeting of Yankee brass down in Florida broke up without any resolution on Torre. Brian Cashman and other front office execs returned to New York. George and his two sons and son-in-law remained in Florida. Cashman says the whole thing needs more time -- I guess like a cake, who knows.

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Alex Rodriguez is still mulling his options. He had his own meetings with agent Scott Boras in California. Rodriguez can duck out of his contract but if he does, the Yanks say they won't participate in the bidding.

Meanwhile, Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez was -- as the expression goes in Boston -- being Manny.

Dealing with the "backs-against-the-wall" line of questioning on the off-day between Games 4 and 5 in the ALCS with Cleveland leading 3 games to 1, Ramirez took a sharp left at one point and said, "It doesn't happen, so who cares? There's always next year. It's not like it's the end of the world."

Exactly what city does Ramirez thinks he plays in?

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