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  • Yankees 6, Blue Jays 1: Roger Clemens gave up a run in the first and didn't dazzle anyone with his brilliance during six innings, but that first-inning strike was all the Blue Jays would get. They would go on to rue their missed opportunities after Shaun Marcum controlled the Yankees for six innings before Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double to start a four-run eighth.

    What does this win -- the Yankees' fifth straight -- mean? It moved the Yankees to within seven games of the Red Sox in the American League East and six of the Indians in the wild-card race. The Yankees' lousy first half means they have almost no margin of error, but they play crummy teams for the next three weeks and could be right in the thick of things when all is said and done. That said, the Yankees have looked like they were playing better before, and then they went and dumped a road trip to the Rockies and the Giants. A wait-and-see approach is probably best.


  • Padres 5, Mets 4: For five innings, the Mets received a not-so-friendly reminder of what Greg Maddux looked like when he pitched for the Atlanta Braves. Then they rallied against the Padres bullpen when Maddux got taken out early, only to lose the game late when Joe Smith gave up a Geoff Blum single. Atlanta's loss to Cincinnati kept the Braves 2 1/2 games back.

  • Brooklyn 3, Williamsport 0: Dylan Owen, who just turned 21 six days ago, threw 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, and the Cyclones got enough offense for that. Owen also struck out seven and walked none before the bullpen came in and shut down the Crosscutters in 3 1/3 innings of no-hit relief.

  • Mahoning Valley 8, Staten Island 5: Adam Olbrychowski, not yet 21, probably shouldn't have started the sixth inning. After allowing two runs through the first five, he ran into more trouble and got yanked with one out in the sixth. Justin Snider's 3-for-5 night that included a home run went to waste.
  • Shock 87, Liberty 82 (OT): Five scorers in double figures couldn't help the Liberty, which lost its second straight game. New York played well enough during regulation but looked terrible in the extra session, when the Shock realized a little exertion would be enough to control the game.