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week in review

The Week the Playoffs Began

The Yankees finished the regular season as the American League Wild Card, which meant no home-field advantage and a first-round date with the Twins. And even with A.J. Burnett out of the ALDS rotation, worriers could find plenty to fret about before the series began Wednesday. (We hope our video-game simulation at least offered some hope.) But the Yankees would win Game 1 behind CC Sabathia, with a Mark Teixeira home run providing the difference. And they'd win Game 2 as well, thanks to Andy Pettitte and a couple of Brian Cashman's trade-deadline pick-ups. But what happened this week that didn't involve the Conan blimp?

The Mets announced that Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel would not return.

The Giants sacked the Bears, while the Jets pantsed the Bills.

The Knicks concluded their preseason trip to Europe.

Alberto Contador failed a second doping test.

We looked back at some recent Yankees rookie hazings.

We suggested everyone calm down about baseball umps.

Our Better Know a Knick series continued with Ronny Turiaf (No. 7) and Kelenna Azubuike (No. 6).

We previewed the upcoming Rangers season.

And we chatted with Rangers announcer Sam Rosen.

That's it for us. We'll be back after Game 3 tomorrow night (and after Game 4, if necessary), then return again on Monday morning. Have a nice weekend, and enjoy the game(s).

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