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  • Mets 6, Cubs 5: Manager Willie Randolph appeared to give up on this game before it started. With Jason Vargas fresh up from Triple-A to take the mound and the Mets coming off a game that ended past 1 a.m. Thursday morning, the Mets rested Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes and Damion Easley. Paul LoDuca also rode the pine, but that was an expected move for a catcher and a day game following a night game. The new lineup included David Newhan at second, Julio Franco at third and a 5-1 deficit entering the ninth. A rally ensued, Randolph impressed by pinch-hitting Wright for Shawn Green, and, before the crowd knew it, Carlos Delgado won the game with a two-run single to right.

  • White Sox 4, Yankees 1: Despite entering the day leading the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Yankees offense hasn't looked great of late. White Sox starter Jon Garland became the latest opponent to shut down the Yankees bats, which were the main culprit on this 2-4 start to the road trip. Fans can't decide what to make of this team. Should they be glad their team is finally pitching better, or should they be upset the offense is wasting the newfound success on the mound? Probably the former. The Yankees and Mets square off for three games at Shea this weekend, and there's little doubt the Yankees need them more.

    Tyler Clippard left his start for Triple-A Scranton last night after one inning and 24 pitches. He walked one and struck out the side) The Yankees have said he did not suffer an injury, so they have likely decided to use him to pitch on Sunday against the Mets. Chase Wright is on schedule to pitch Sunday for Scranton, so he could be in the mix.