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PLAYING WITH FIRE

leyland

If any Major League Baseball manager knows what it's like to play with fire, it's Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. The notorious chain-smoker and brilliant baseball mind has Motown fired up and in a frenzy with Game 1 of the 2012 World Series just four days away. But, as the Tigers watch and wait to see who their opponent will be, Leyland has scheduled scrimmage games against the organizations minor league teams Sunday and Monday.

Good idea? Bad idea? Even Leyland can't answer that question.

“Is it going to have any bearing on whether we win or lose, I can’t answer that,” Leyland told the media Saturday.

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YANKEES LOSE IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

Alex Rodriguez

Success is a great debate topic. In sports, how do you measure success? On the field the formula appears simple: wins = success, right? The New York Yankees won 97 games, won the American League East and were one of eight teams to make the post season, but for their fans, the season is a loss -- a failure.

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