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Yanks 4, Diamondbacks 2

Emily and I had to be up early this morning, so I only caught the first inning of last night’s game. Jose Contreras plunked Danny Bautista in the noggin and impressively, didn’t melt down on the spot. I was determined to wait until I saw the morning papers to find out who won. This meant controlling myself both times I woke up to pee in the middle of the night, as well as checking the TV early this morning. I love the suspense of waiting until I get to the newsstand and flip the tabloids over. As you can imagine, I was happy to learn that the Yanks had won while Boston fell to the Rockies in Colorado (the Yankees are now 20 games over .500 and they lead the Sox by four-and-a-half games).

Cliff Corcoran stayed up and so did Steve Bonner. Peep their reports, forthwith. Bernie Williams (leading off again), Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield all had three hits. Alex Rodriguez singled and walked and has now reached base in 51 straight games. The Bombers left a ton of men on base, but scored just enough to win. Contreras pitched well enough, while Flash Gordon and Mariano Rivera nailed down the win.

Kevin Brown was put on the DL but should be ready to pitch against the Mets in a few weeks.

Hey, and not for nothing, but what’s up with the Times running a lengthy profile on Curt Schilling this morning? I can understand when Jack Curry was dispatched to cover the return of Nomar Garciaparra, and I can even understand why they would run a piece on Schilling, but why now? Maybe when the Yanks play the Sox again in a few weeks. Do New Yorkers really want to know about Schilling that badly? Or does it have something to do with the fact that the Times is a minority owner in the Red Sox? I don’t get it.

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