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Notes froma day in baseball:

1. Red Sox Beat Orioles. In Other News, The Sun Came Up This Morning. Is it time to haul Jason Varitek before Congress? After recording no grand slams over the first eight seasons of his career, he now has two in nine months, the latest on Sunday in Boston's 10-3 win over the Orioles. Of course, we probably didn't have to point out which team won; the Red Sox have beaten the Orioles 11 consecutive times, tying a franchise record. It was all enough to give Lenny DiNardo his first career victory. It's going to be awkward if he turns out to be great; "Lenny DiNardo" just doesn't have a "Nolan Ryan" kind of a ring to it, instead sounding like it should be the name of a recurring character on Laverne and Shirley.


2. The Padres Won? Sorry, We Were At The Beach. Anyone notice the Padres are on freakin' fire over here? Anyone? Khalil Greene went 4-for-4 with four RBI to lead a 6-3 spanking of the Cubs, San Diego's eighth straight win. That puts the defending N.L. West champions one game over .500, which in this division allows your franchise to begin printing playoff tickets.

3. The Guest Who Wouldn't Leave. Truth be told, Joe Torre is probably still renting. But on Sunday the Yankees' manager got his 1,000th win as Yankees manager, as Hideki Matsui's three-run home run led an 8-5 win over Texas and kept New York in a first-place tie with Boston in the A.L. East. Torre has a 1,000-645 record with New York, trailing in wins only to Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149) and Miller Huggins (1,067) on the team's all-time list. It's the longest uninterrupted term among Yankees managers since Stengel (1949-60).

4. Scoreless In Seattle. Not only is C.C. Sabathia one of the fattest pitchers in baseball, he's also one of the best. The Indians' rotund one won his second straight start since coming off the disabled list, giving up seven hits and striking out four over eight innings to lead the Indians over the Mariners 2-0. He threw 75 of his 105 pitches for strikes. Sabathia won nine of his final 10 decisions last year, compiling a 2.24 ERA.


5. We're As Surprised As You. Adam Dunn had a home run and five RBI to lead the first-place Reds to a 9-8 win over Arizona. Yes; "first-place" and "Reds" in the same sentence, well into May!