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CLIFF LEE’S TWILIGHT ZONE

Cliff Lee

Take every reasonable assumption from the last six months, pack them up in a box and throw them off the Space Needle. Sound extreme? Live a day, a week, this season in Cliff Lee’s spikes before you answer that question.

Ever since his name surfaced in a trade rumors last December, Lee’s life is worthy of a narrative by Rod Serling. He took his first step into the Twilight Zone when the Philadelphia Phillies shipped Lee to the Seattle Mariners in a four-team, nine-player trade including two Cy Young Award winners (Lee and Roy Halladay).

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GREAT LAKES GANG SINK VINCENT

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They were known as the Great Lakes Gang: Bud Selig, Jerry Reinsdorf, Stanton Cook, Carl Pohlad, Peter O’Malley and William Bartholomay, a cabal consisting of a half-dozen baseball owners leading the charge in ousting Fay Vincent as baseball commissioner in first week of September 1992.

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MANUEL SHEDS WEIGHT, GAINS MOMENTUM

Jerry Manuel

Without the aid of Weight Watchers or the assistance of Alli, New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel is losing weight.

Manuel has shed the inflated expectations of Gary Matthews Jr., the bloated ego of Oliver Perez, the empty calories of John Maine and, ultimately, the monkey that has been clinging to his back recent days and months.

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SANTANA PITCHES WITH HALL OF FAME HEART

Johan Santana

Johan Santana said he felt he had the stamina and “stuff” to get through the eighth inning Monday. Clinging to a 6-5 lead Santana, sans velocity, had thrown 91 pitches when Jerry Manuel fetched him.

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HERE BEGINS THERE FOR PEREZ

Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez told the New York Post he wants to stay here. If here is with the Mets then Perez must start there and earn his way back here because, for most, what Perez has done here in 2010 – zero wins, three losses and a 6.25 ERA – is justification for a one-way ticket there.

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