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Champagne? Not likely

The Tampa Bay Rays have a mathematical chance of popping corks in the visitor's clubhouse on Wednesday, but I'm pretty sure Baltimore won't have to host a division title celebration this year.

The Rays could win the division by sweeping all four games from the Orioles, beginning tonight with the first major league start of top 2007 draft choice David Price. No one doubts the Orioles are capable of going winless in the series, but the Red Sox also would have to lose all three of their games against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park. That's just not going to happen,

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I've got mixed feelings about the Rays right now and I'm sure you do, too. It's got to be hard for Orioles fans to watch them take a giant leap over the Orioles to compete for the AL East title, but it's great to see that it can be done. Even if they get overtaken by the Sox this week and have to settle for the wild card berth, I've got to send out my personal congratulations to manager Joe Madden (right), because I was there to see how hard he worked his way through the Angels organization to get this richly deserved opportunity.

I'm just curious. If that longshot came in and the Rays celebrated on the field at Oriole Park on Wednesday, would you stand and applaud, or walk out shaking your head?

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