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Because CBS apparently doesn't have enough people on the set for The NFL Today, New England's Richard Seymour will join the crew Sunday while the Patriots have a bye weekend.

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Here are Cal Ripken Jr.'s picks for baseball's major awards (as passed along by TBS):

AL MVP: Justin Morneau, Twins

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NL MVP: Ryan Howard, Phillies

AL Cy Young: Cliff Lee, Indians

NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum, Giants

AL Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria, Rays

NL Rookie of the Year: Geovany Soto, Cubs

AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon, Rays

NL Manager of the Year: Lou Piniella, Cubs

And here's some of what Ripken had to say on a conference call this week (according to highlights from TBS):

On the young Rays players having to adapt to postseason play:  "The Rays knew what their pitching staff was all about and they all came together.  The addition of Longoria put an offensive punch in their lineup and they are a good, solid defensive team all the way around.  Joe Maddon has done a wonderful job of keeping perspective for a young team and veterans like [Troy] Percival keep things loose.  They've met a lot of big series and a lot of challenges down the stretch, it is a whole new world in the playoffs.  There is no way you can tell someone who's going into the playoffs for the first time what it feels like, you can compare those big series in Fenway and Yankee Stadium a little bit, but they are going to have to find out on their own."

On the Yankees missing the postseason for the first time since 1993:  "I wonder how Derek Jeter feels.  You play the game to be in the postseason and the World Series and [missing the playoffs] is a new experience for Derek.  A bad year [for him] is losing in the first round of the postseason.  It is strange not having the Yankees in the conversation."

On the parity of the postseason teams:  "Any team can beat any other team, especially in that short best out-of-five series. When you get in there and you're asked as an analyst to lay down your pick, and the expectation is that as an analyst you know what you're talking about and you can choose who is going to win, I think it's extremely difficult. It is balanced.  It's about capturing the hot pitcher and playing really well at the right time.  It is pretty balanced; it's hard to choose."

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