Mark Teixeira, the soon to be free agent, is a perfect fit for a lot of teams including the New York Yankees, who will have a lot of money to throw around this winter with some hefty contracts coming off the books. But in exploring the fit between the Yankees and Teixeira, there were some words of caution offered by a former teammate through the New York Post. "The statistics will be there, but this is not a player who will make anyone else on the team better," said a former teammate of Teixeira's. "The numbers indicate an elite player, but if you watch him every day you will realize he is a very good player, not elite." There was a lot of chatter that Teixeira and his solid approach to the game and particularly at the plate would rub off on the likes of Vladimir Guerrero, Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar, which is ridiculous. Guerrero was given a huge contract doing things his way, so what incentive does he have to change at this point in his career? To think he would become a more patient hitter with Teixeira around is just naive. That is on Guerrero, Kendrick and Aybar, though, not Teixeira.(Orange County Register) Comment
Nothing is official on the Lions' quarterback situation, but after Thursday's practice, it sounded as if backup Dan Orlovsky would start in place of Jon Kitna on Sunday at Minnesota. Kitna was in warm-ups Thursday and did not practice. He suffered back spasms Sunday against Chicago and yielded to Orlovsky in the second half.(Detroit Free Press) Comment
It would have been one of Mike Brey's biggest coaching victories, despite taking place before the 2008-09 campaign even began -- and having nothing to do with on-court action in the present day, actually. But it was not to be: Highly touted prep forward Ryan Kelly made an oral commitment to Duke on Thursday evening. Kelly likely would have been the landmark recruit of the Brey era, and the Irish staff certainly went all-in in recruiting the 6-foot-9 forward, criss-crossing the country to watch him play whenever possible. But ultimately Kelly opted to join the Blue Devils instead of the Irish, Wake Forest, North Carolina and a host of others.(Chicago Tribune) Comment
Chase Utley crushes a two-run homer off the Dodgers' Derek Lowe in the sixth inning to lead the Phillies to victory in Game 1 of the NLCS (AP).
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Game To Watch
Red Sox at Rays, 8:37 p.m. ET -- Dice-K and James Shields face off in Game 1 of the ALCS.
1964 -- John Henry Johnson of Pittsburgh rushes for 200 yards to lead the Steelers to a 23-7 triumph over the Cleveland Browns. 1987 -- Columbia sets an NCAA record with its 35th straight loss, 38-8 to Princeton. 2004 -- New England wins its 19th straight game, setting an NFL record for consecutive wins -- counting the playoffs -- with a 24-10 victory over Miami.
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