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The slumping Yankees, Bartolo Colon and the surging Mets

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--At the Yankees' loss to Boston, I wrote that, while it's difficult to pin down exactly what the problem is, the Yankees need to start winning. Clay Buchholz is an All-Star pitcher who clearly had his good stuff working, and it's not like the Yankees gave up; they fought hard until the end. So who knows? We'll see how tonight looks against Josh Beckett.

--For Newsday's first edition, I needed to have a column in before the characteristically long contest concluded. So I wrote about Bartolo Colon, both his performance last night and his adventures last year with a stem-cell procedure.

--Carl Crawford has hit better from the eighth spot in the Red Sox's lineup, Jim Baumbach writes, but at some point, he figures to move closer to the top.

--Check out our Derek Jeter hits database.

--Nice win for the Mets, who have won three straight. They've been very streaky this season, but at least their good streaks have been fun to watch. David Wright's rest appeared to pay off.

--Terry Collins returned to Houston for the first time since the Astros fired him following the 1996 season.

--In Detroit, Justin Verlander excited the fans by pitching a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings, but he fell short of matching Johnny Vander Meer.

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