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Notes from a day in baseball:

1. How Do You Spell Clutch, Again? Is this the face of the greatest athlete in New York? Hmm, could be the paperboy. Nope, it's definitely David Wright, best clutch hitter in town. Wright, who is hitting .332 for the Mets, has four game-winning hits, the latest being Monday's bases-loaded single in the ninth that provided an 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks. Shouldn't be a surprise; last season Wright hit .307 with runners on base and .538 with the bases loaded.


2. Put On Your Thinking Caps. We need a nickname for Albert Pujols, and we need it now. Cardinals fans, get crackin'. A-Pool is out. Also ineligible is The Whammer, Joe Don Baker's character in The Natural, because Joe Don wants to keep it. Pujols' home run in the seventh — his league-leading 25th of the season — lifted the Cardinals over the Astros 3-1 on Monday. The three-run shot gave Pujols a league-leading 64 RBI. For those keeping track on a big chart at home, he's on pace for 79 homers.

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3. Sorry, Trenton. Hey, Randy Johnson's back! Just when you thought he was ready for the the Trenton Thunder, Big Unit threw six-plus innings, allowing two hits as the Yankees beat the Tigers 4-0. Johnson, 42, had given up at least four runs in five of his previous six outings.

4. Give Me An H! Give Me An I! Give Me ... Aw, Forget It. Despite Jason Varitek's best efforts for the Red Sox (game-tying three-run homer in the top of the eighth), nothing could match the might of Shea Hillenbrand, whose pinch-single in the bottom of the eighth drove in the winning run in the Blue Jays' 7-6 victory.

5. Wearing Out His Welcome. Remember how Cleveland fans cheered Jim Thome when he first showed up in a visiting uniform this season? Suddenly he's not as popular. Thome hit a pair of two-run homers for the White Sox in an 11-0 win over the Indians on Monday. It was Thome's first home runs at Jacobs Field since leaving in 2002, and his 36th multihomer game. It was his 450th career homer, passing Jeff Bagwell for 30th on the career list.

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