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It could be a "Freeway Series," between Los Angeles and Anaheim for two southern California teams. Or it could be a (New Jersey) "Turnpike Series" for two teams in major cities in different Mid-Atlantic states, just off the one turnpike. Or the two league rivalries of one Los Angeles-based team and one east coaster could reduce to a final contest featuring one of each. What are absent from the pennant races this year are "small market teams" from the interior of the United States. No Minnesota Twins or Tampa Bay Rays. Not to mention Cleveland Indians or Pittsburgh Pirates. The four teams competing in the current round all had payrolls of $100 million or more this year. Which is to say that they have more than their share high-paid stars. Torii Hunter, Vladimir Guerrero, and Gary Matthews J ...

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