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  • Yankees 8, White Sox 1: Jorge Posada predicted Tuesday after the Yankees went deep eight times that Alex Rodriguez would hit two homers Wednesday. Rodriguez didn't come through -- he went 0-for-4 -- but Posada did. The underappreciated Yankees catcher hit two of five Yankees blasts as the Yankees won their third straight game. Rodriguez, on the other hand, can't seem to join the party. He's gone 0 for his last 21 to tie the longest hitless streak of his career. At least that's not affecting the Yankees, who, with the Indians' loss, sit two games out of the wild card.

  • Mets 8, Brewers 5: Ramon Castro takes no prisoners. His three-run homer in the third put the Mets ahead to stay. After last night's heartbreaker, the Mets must have enjoyed watching Oliver Perez strike out 11 batters in six innings. They probably don't want to see an outfield of alignment of Moises Alou, Marlon Anderson and Shawn Green that often. Brian Lawrence will start the finale Thursday. He hasn't been in the Major Leagues since 2005, when he was with the Padres.

  • Lowell 2, Brooklyn 0: These teams played like they had dinner reservations. The Spinners enjoyed them more thanks to their stronger effort in the pitchers' duel. Brooklyn only got four hits.