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Drowning in a stream of consciousness

I was all set to talk about Jeremy Guthrie and how he might be the biggest steal since the Louisiana Purchase when John McCain's choice for vice president leaked out. Sadly, it's not Jeremy, who would do quite well in command and control situations, but he isn't old enough anyway.

It's Alaska governor Sarah Palin (right, of course), a gun-toting, former beauty queen who officially becomes the first vice presidential candidate I've had a crush on since Walter Mondale.

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I mean, we all know Dick Cheney is an attractive man, but has he ever been on the cover of Vogue? This is a big coup for the GOP, which has been looking for a vice president who can hunt without hurting anyone. The Miss Alaska runner-up thing is just a bonus.

OK, back to baseball. Guthrie goes tonight against Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the better pitching matchups of the weekend. Both pitchers have numbers that aren't totally representative of their abilities (Guthrie because of poor offensive support; Kazmir because he was hurt for a significant chunk of the season), but they are two of the premier starters in the American League.

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If the game plays to form, Guthrie will lose, 2-1. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

Question for the day: Is Guthrie a legitimate No. 1 starting pitcher in the American League East, or does he just benefit from the stark contrast with the rest of the Orioles starting rotation?

Shameless self-promotion: Pardon the political goofiness, but Friday is my day to talk politics and other non-sports stuff on "The Week in Review" with Clarence Mitchell IV on WBAL radio at noon. Today's guest panelist is former governor Robert Ehrlich, whom -- I suspect -- is in for a whuppin'.

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