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No Ramon Hernandez? No Daniel Cabrera?

Who are you guys going to complain about next season? Your old stand-bys have hit the highway. These are the Orioles, though. I'm sure they'll offer some solid candidates.

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(You won't be picking on me, based on some of Friday's thoughts. I've got too many friends in this place. Jack, for instance, wasted a cold beer for a good cause. For the record, I have probably written some 3,000 stories in the past two decades that didn't end in a question. But not one blog entry. I'm proud of that. And it's amusing when someone doesn't get it.)

My take on the Daniel Cabrera non-tendering situation is that I didn't think the Orioles could afford to dump a starter – even one so inconsistent – with how thin their rotation is right now. But I don't have to budget his salary, either. He will be starting a game for some major league team in April, however. I guarantee it.

My random guess: The Pittsburgh Pirates.

All right, let's switch to football for the traditional weekend entry. And let's put a little extra twist on it.

Steelers in Baltimore Sunday with the AFC North title essentially on the line. I am playing homer yet again and going with the Ravens. I just don't see them losing at home right now.

My score? 20-13 Ravens.

Now, let's take it a step further. Predict a player of the game. Can be on either side – yes we're letting Steelers fans in here, too. We're just not serving IC or IC Light. Yuns can go west to get that.

Anyway, my pick to steal the game: Bart Scott.

Why? I don't know. I just think he'll get up for this one and be in the right place at the right time.

Daily Think Special: Who will be Sunday's player of the game?

Bonus Think Special: Predict the winner and score of Sunday's Ravens-Steelers contest.

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