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  • Yankees 8, Indians 6: All that talk of Alex Rodriguez's problems in important -- so-called "clutch" -- spots seems to be a thing of the past. So did the Yankees third baseman suddenly discover the ability to perform when it matters, or did people give him too hard a time to begin with? He doesn't seem to care. The Yankees entered the ninth inning down by four runs, and the first two men in the inning made out. Then they scored six runs. That they won despite that seems more amazing than that the winning homer came from Rodriguez, one of the two best players this decade. He appears headed for a season free of the scrutiny that the media unfairly applied last season.

  • Mets 11, Marlins 3: Everyone got in on this party. Carlos Beltran stole the show with a 4-for-6 night, but all nine Mets starters got a hit. That includes pitcher Orlando Hernandez, who struck out 10 to pick up the win. The Mets seem to be enjoying themselves in the National League East, and they return home to face the Braves for a three-game series starting Friday. They outscored the Marlins 20-5 over the two games in Miami.