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  • Mets 6, Phillies 5; Mets 5, Phillies 2: Things couldn't have gone much better for the Mets. Brothers Carlos, who have been struggling of late, combined for three homers. Orlando Hernandez and John Maine combined to hold the Phillies in check. New York leads Philadelphia by five games in the National League East. Of all the developments, Beltran's and Delgado's homers have to be the most welcome. Billy Wagner also deserves plenty of recognition, even though he has flown under the radar. He has 47 strikeouts in 35 innings, a number that suggests that he's been better than his already-low 1.78 ERA.

  • Yankees 2, A's 1: Mike Mussina looked sharp -- for once -- and Alex Rodriguez got three hits -- again -- to lead the Yankees past the A's in the opener of a three-game series. Both Yankees runs came in the first inning when Rodriguez doubled one home and scored the second on a single by Jorge Posada. Kyle Farnsworth tried his best to give the lead back in the eighth inning, but Joe Torre pulled the reliever for Mariano Rivera, who ended most of the suspense. Kei Igawa will start Saturday, so don't get too excited about a winning streak.

  • Aberdeen 5, Staten Island 2: Runs in the third and fourth weren't enough for Dellin Betances, who didn't get out of the fifth.

  • Hudson Valley 3, Brooklyn 2; Brooklyn 5, Hudson Valley 0: In a lower-profile doubleheader, the Mets Class A affiliate split a pair. J.R. Voyles used his speed in both the first and second to help his team get out to an early four-run lead in the nightcap.

  • Liberty 80, Sparks 68: Were the Liberty good, or did the Sparks just stink? Loree Moore, who scored 20 points, said "We did everything we need to do." Los Angeles coach Michael Cooper said, "We come out and we play like we don't even know each other." The Liberty will take it. Teams on three-game losing streaks can't be picky.