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  • Pirates 13, Mets 1: Oliver Perez didn't get help from his defense, but he didn't help himself. The inconsistent lefty was hurt by a Luis Castillo error and Jose Reyes' failure to cover second base in a rundown in the second, but he was probably hurt more by issuing as many walks -- five -- as he got outs. Perez allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings as his Mets split a rain-shortened two-game series with the Pirates. The Mets' only run came on a Ryan Church double. They only had two hits. Maybe they weren't aware they had an off-day Thursday to relax. After that, they take on the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

  • Tigers 6, Yankees 2: Without Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees look like quite the naked emperor. They got two runs in the first inning but were held in check by Jeremy Bonderman and Co. the rest of the way. Andy Pettitte got a two-run lead but let it slip away as he ran out of gas for the second straight start. Oh, and Phil Hughes is headed to the disabled list. The Yankees said during the game he had a case of the stinks strained oblique. Before the game, Joe Girardi said he was healthy. Mystery swirls, and the Yanks are 14-15.