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The New York Yankees, swept in a four-game ALCS by the Tigers, were the only team that didn’t allow any hairy faces _ in October, or any month for that matter.

Yet Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently had a fun way of describing the left-handed hitters in his lineup.

“They’re typically big, hairy monsters, as I describe them, that hit the ball over the fence, hit doubles, singles, can hit home runs,” he said.

Motte and the Cardinals got eliminated by the Giants in Game 7 of the NLCS. But during the series, he was confident that he could compete in a battle of the beards.

“Mine’s awesome,” Motte said. “I’ve pretty much had it since 2009. I got called up at the end of `08 and I’ve pretty much had a beard ever since then. I just kind of let it grow.

“I hate shaving. I’m lazy. That’s pretty much what it boils down to. Come postseason, I don’t even try to trim it down,” he said. “At least during the season I trim it down a little bit and try to make it look somewhat presentable. In the postseason, I might as well let it all hang out.”

Some players wish they could join in.

“I have two terrible cowlicks on both sides of my cheeks, so I’ve got to keep this part clean, because it looks terrible,” Tigers reliever Phil Coke said. “I tried to grow a beard one time and that was the last time.”

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum says he’s whiskerly challenged. Now that the shaggy right-hander is working out of the bullpen in the World Series, some of the relievers would get a kick out of seeing The Freak with funky facial hair.

“Some of them can pull it off and some of them can’t. It would be really interesting to see Timmy with a beard,” Romo said. “I’d pay to see that. He’s quite the personality himself, so he fits already in there. He’s got the long wacky hair on the top of his head and not in his face.”

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AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.