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Evil Empire Wins AL Title And Other Monday Headlines

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Sigh. Let's go Phillies. Here are the takes on last night's game from Yankee fans and Angel fans, via their SB Nation blogs. The Angels played a good series against a tough team, then suddenly forgot how to field bunts when they could have had a real shot at tying the game in the 9th inning.

And now we have two more days off before the World Series begins. Here are the schedules played by the Yankees and Phillies since the regular season ended on October 4, including today and tomorrow:

Yankees: day off, day off, home game, day off, home game, day off, road game, day off, day off, day off, day off, home game, home game, day off, road game, road game, day off, road game, day off, rainout, home game, day off, day off
Phillies: day off, day off, home game, home game, day off, rainout, road game, road game, day off, day off, road game, road game, day off, home game, home game, day off, home game, day off, day off, day off, day off, day off, day off

Those aren't baseball schedules, they're NBA or NHL schedules (OK, NBA and NHL teams don't have rainouts, but you get the idea). Baseball has to do something about this... even though the weather in the Northeast is supposed to be fairly mild this week (in the 60's during the day, 50's at night), guess what the forecast is for game one in New York on Wednesday? That's right. More rain.

Cub news: Cubs honchos met with officials of Collier County, Florida over the weekend to discuss possible spring training sites there. Opinion: this is simply a negotiating ploy to get the folks in Mesa to up their ante. No one really wants to move to Florida for spring training; the weather is better in Arizona and, beginning next year, every Arizona spring training facility will be in the Phoenix metro area, within an hour's drive or less from each other. Florida teams spend endless time on bus rides halfway across the state. Why do you think teams are moving from Florida toArizona?

Prediction: the Cubs and Mesa officials will announce a longterm deal to build a new facility somewhere in Mesa, before the end of the 2010 season.

And in case you are interested, the Yankees of Japan, the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, will play in their 32nd Japan Series beginning Saturday against the Nippon Ham Fighters.