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The Juice: Thames, Godfather Rivera steal one back from Rangers

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Gather 'round, because it's time to recap the most recent diamond doings. Roll Call starts in Texas (weren't we just there?) where an all-too-short series ends in a tie after the Yankees came back from 6-1 down against Cliff Lee(notes) and bullpen.

Game of the Day: Yankees 7, Rangers 6

An offer he couldn't refuse: Just when you thought Mariano Rivera(notes) was going to develop a complex about pitching Arlington, he reverts to his Houdini best in getting out of a big jam in the bottom of the ninth.

After Elvis Andrus(notes) led off with a triple to put the tying run 90 feet away, the Rangers appeared to be setting the stage for a second straight last at-bat victory against the defending World Series champions.

But Rivera was just toying. Michael Young(notes) popped out to right — where outfielder Austin Kearns(notes) made a nice shoestring catch; Josh Hamilton(notes) tapped back to the mound; Vladimir Guerrero(notes) impaled the rally for good by grounding to third.

"That’s Mo, right through the heart of their order, three tremendous hitters," manager Joe Girardi said. "I was thinking we’re in trouble here, but if anyone can do it, Mo can."

Not just a river in England: Marcus Thames(notes) hit a home run in the eighth to get the Yankees close, then added the go-ahead RBI in the ninth.

Lee gives way: Handed a 6-1 lead in the fifth, you'd think Cliff Lee would have closed it out, right? Not this time.

He only made it through 6 1/3 innings, equaling his shortest outing of the season. He had 11 strikeouts, no walks — of course — but allowed four runs. Frankie Francisco and Neftali Feliz(notes) collapsed from there.

Deja pre-vu: That's it? The Yankees are leaving town? So soon? What a great two-game series. Always leave 'em wanting more, I guess. These teams very well could meet again in October — as long as the Rangers bullpen doesn't implode like that anymore.

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They Also Played...

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Giants 5, Cubs 4: Pat Burrell's(notes) career wasn't toast; He was just in a league that didn't understand his talents.

White Sox 6, Twins 1: The White Sox jump back into first place, and all was right again in Ozzie Guillen's Chicago.

"It's great for us because all of a sudden, I didn't want to wake up tomorrow morning and [there] be people in Chicago panicking about it," Guillen said.

Rockies 6, Mets 2: If only Jerry Manuel had used Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth inning to get out of a jam, life for K-Rod might be different. Allegedly.

Cardinals 6, Reds 1: It's a birthday grand slam for the birthday boy, Colby Rasmus(notes)!

Tigers 3, Rays 1: Oh won't you take me to ... Tiger Town?!

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Marlins 9, Nationals 5: Mike Stanton(notes), or Kal-El (right), came to us from a far-away planet...

Braves 8, Astros 2 (10 inn.): Billy Wagner(notes) blew the save because he just wasn't ready to say good-bye to Minute Maid.

Angels 2, Royals 1 (10 inn.): Note the extremely cautious celebration at home plate on Bobby Abreu's(notes) winning homer. Not much like what happened with Kendry Morales(notes), was it?

Athletics 5, Mariners 1: That's what you're paid for, Dallas Braden(notes)!

Phillies 2, Dodgers 0: Roy Oswalt(notes), Roy Halladay(notes). They're running a Roys 'R' Us in Philly. Roy Hobbs is coming up next week.

Orioles 3, Indians 1: If the O's win the rest of their games, they'll finish 88-74. So there's an outside chance they'll make the playoffs.

Red Sox 10, Blue Jays 1: Clay Buchholz(notes) stays in the Cy Young discussion.

D-backs 8, Brewers 2: This is how the fourth inning went for Milwaukee's Dave Bush(notes): Adam LaRoche(notes), homer; Miguel Montero(notes), homer; Mark Reynolds(notes), homer; Stephen Drew(notes), homer. Major league record, tied.

Padres 8, Pirates 5: South Korea and North Korea got nothin' on Kevin Correia(notes).

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