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Yankees' Clippard pitches in

Rookie comes through in big-league debut

Derek Jeter greets Alex Rodriguez with a friendly hand after A-Rod's solo home run in the seventh inning. Jeter also homered in the Yankees' win. (CHRIS McGRATH/GETTY IMAGES)

Tyler Clippard beat all his new teammates to the Yankees clubhouse and quickly changed in a makeshift locker. He spent the next four hours watching the "Bad News Bears," checking text messages, adjusting his headphones, and flipping a ball to himself. Then, it was time to work.

The baby-faced Clippard made his major league debut by striking out Jose Reyes on three pitches and delivered the poised performance the banged-up Yankees needed, leading them past the New York Mets, 6-2, last night at Shea Stadium.

With Mets fans playfully chasing Yankees' rooters with brooms, the Yankees avoided a Subway Series sweep and stopped a three-game losing streak.

Alex Rodriguez hit his big league-leading 17th homer and Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada also connected.

David Wright homered for the third time in two days for the Mets, and Damion Easley hit two-out homer off Mariano Rivera in the ninth. Their four-game winning streak ended, the Mets head to Atlanta leading the NL East by 2 1/2 games.

Promoted from Triple A earlier in the day after Darrell Rasner broke a finger, Clippard became the seventh rookie pitcher to start for the Yankees this season.

The 22-year-old Clippard (1-0) was magnificent over six innings and allowed just three hits, including Wright's solo homer.

Tigers 6, Cardinals 3 -- Justin Verlander stayed unbeaten in May and Brandon Inge homered to help host Detroit sweep St. Louis in a World Series rematch.

Verlander (5-1) pitched eight strong innings to pick up his fourth victory in four May starts and hand the Cardinals their fifth straight defeat.

The righthander gave up two runs and five hits with three strikeouts in his longest start of the season.

Padres 2, Mariners 1 -- Justin Germano held host Seattle to an unearned run and six hits in six innings to lift San Diego.

Germano (2-0) outpitched Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (2-2), who was making his second start after spending nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. Hernandez worked five innings, allowing eight hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out nine.

Nationals 4, Orioles 3 -- Nook Logan's two-run single off reliever Danys Baez with two outs in the eighth capped a comeback and helped host Washington beat Baltimore, which blew a chance for its first three-game road sweep since 2005.

Brewers 6, Twins 5 -- Geoff Jenkins hit his 200th career homer and had five RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh to help host Milwaukee rally from a four-run deficit.

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3 -- Adam Eaton (4-3) pitched four-hit ball over six-plus shutout innings, and Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand homered to lead host Philadelphia.

Rangers 14, Astros 1 -- Mark Teixeira and Victor Diaz each hit two of Texas's season-high six home runs, and Ramon Vazquez also homered and drove in five runs at Houston.

Marlins 4, Devil Rays 3 -- Sergio Mitre (2-2) allowed three runs over seven innings and Florida rallied from a three-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Giants 4, Athletics 1 -- Matt Morris (5-1) pitched a two-hitter and struck out a season-high nine and visiting San Francisco avoided being swept in the first installment of the Bay Bridge Series.

Angels 4, Dodgers 1 -- Kelvim Escobar (5-2) rebounded from his worst outing of the season with eight shutout innings, and the Angels completed a three-game sweep at Anaheim, Calif.

Royals 10, Rockies 5 -- Ryan Shealy's single to right in the 12th brought in the go-ahead run and pitcher Joel Peralta added a two-run double as Kansas City won its first road series of the season.

Diamondbacks 5, Pirates 2 -- Randy Johnson, rounding into shape following offseason back surgery, struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings to win his second start in a row and pitch Arizona past Pittsburgh in the day's lone intraleague game.

Indians 5, Reds 3 -- Paul Byrd (4-1) stayed unbeaten this season at Jacobs Field and Cleveland matched its best home start (16-4) in its 107-year history

White Sox 10, Cubs 6 -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a grand slam during a seven-run seventh inning and Nick Masset (2-1) won his first major league start as the White Sox averted a sweep at Wrigley Field.

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