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Notes from a day in baseball:

1. Take A Healthy Swing, Mr. Met. The Diamondbacks are so down that even is taking shots at them. The site described Sunday's 15-2 loss to the Mets as "taking turns at the Russ Ortiz Pinata." Wow, pretty harsh. Anyway, Arizona has lost six straight since federal agents raided Jason Grimsley's home in the big steroids investigation, and the D'Backs fell out of first, supplanted by the Dodgers.The team also doesn't want to pay the reliever the remainder of his $825,000 salary. Go figure. It was a four-game sweep for the first-place Mets, as Pedro Martinez (6-2) won for the first time since April 28.

2. Splitsville, Baby. If you go to a doubleheader and the teams split, is it like the whole thing never happened? Shouldn't the home fans get to decide if a second game is to be played; kind of a Quit While You're Ahead rule? David Ortiz hit a three-run, walk-off home run to win it for Boston over Texas 5-4 in the first game. But then the Rangers won the second game 13-6, sending everyone home unsatisfied and confused.

3. The Swingin' A's. Credit the Athletics with being the first team to discover that the emperor has no clothes. Doing what the Tigers and Red Sox couldn't, Oakland earned its first sweep at Yankee Stadium in 12 years with a 6-5 win on Sunday behind Barry Zito, who won his fifth straight. Nick Swisher had an inside-the-park homer (we love those).

4. The Crying Game. Elias Sports Bureau, eat our dust. Where else are you going to find stats on the NCIBI (No Crying In Baseball Index)? Since going on his crying jag on May 25, Frank Robinson has led the Nationals to a 12-5 record, including an 8-2 mark in June. The latest was a 6-0 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Washington is tied for third with the Braves in the NL East, only four games under .500.


5. Count Your Blessings. The Braves got clobbered on Sunday, but things could have been a whole lot worse. Houston won it 14-4, getting hits from 11 different players. But Braves' hurler Horacio Ramirez was hit in the forehead by a line drive in the second inning, in what at first looked like a horrific injury, but turned out to be not that serious. In fact, the Braves say he probably won't miss his next start.