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ALCS Daily Link Dump - I Can't Sleep!


THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS HAVE ADVANCED PAST THE ALDS!

In case you've been living under a rock (Iraq?) for the last 24 hours, the Oakland Athletics completed the Sweep of the Minnesota Twins!

Or according to ESPN, the Twins lost the series by playing 'untwin baseball' to an unknown team.

But Hey! Curse? What Curse!?

From the game, my favorite part?

When he came up with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, the sellout crowd began a thunderous chorus of "Marco! Scutaro! Marco! Scutaro!'' He lofted a bases-clearing double down the right-field line, and, with the crowd still roaring and chanting, Scutaro waved from second, then pointed heavenward.

Meanwhile, something even more bizare is in the works!

The Athletics are exploring the possibility of adding Keith Ginter to the ALCS roster to replace the injured Mark Ellis.

Ginter declared free agency after the minor-league season was over. Both the players' union and the commissioner's office have given Oakland the go-ahead to do so if Ginter receives a 2007 contract. This is the first time a situation like this has ever occurred. "I said if they want me, I'm ready," Ginter said. "It would be crazy, but I'd be all for it."

And some Notes for yas

Briefly: Milton Bradley veered away from the celebratory pack after the final out and went to hug center fielder Mark Kotsay, instead. "Kotsay was throwing up in the trash can in the clubhouse at 12:40 before the game,'' Bradley said. "He was feeling terrible. He put on a uniform and went out there and contributed. You've got to take your hat off to him.'' ... Rickey Henderson threw out the first pitch. Would he say he was ready to retire? Not yet: "That's so hard to say. I'm so healthy." ... Kotsay was still ill after the game, but watching the festivities, he said, "I'm starting to feel a little better.'' ... The highlight of the clubhouse celebration came when Nick Swisher dumped two beers down the back of Eric Chavez's pants while Chavez was conducting an interview with about 10 reporters. Chavez didn't even change expression and kept on talking. "That's impressive,'' Swisher said. "If I had something that cold down my pants, I'm jumping around.'' ... The A's have only standing-room seats remaining for the first two games of the ALCS; there are limited tickets left for the possible final two games of the series.

ALDS Mailbag on MLB.com here

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