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The Juice: Cody Ross homers twice in Red Sox win, Jeter gets four hits to help beat Rangers

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Cody Ross — serial bat flipper: Ross went deep twice — with a two-run shot to tie the score in the seventh against Jason Marquis, and a go-ahead solo blast with two outs in the ninth against Matt Capps — to carry the Boston Red Sox past the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Monday night. Before Alfredo Aceves got the save, Boston even coaxed Daniel Bard, who temporarily (?) was demoted to the bullpen, into getting two key outs in the eighth to suppress a Twins rally. It's like all of Boston's problems never existed!

[Video: Boston Red Sox have major issues that are beyond manager Bobby Valentine]

Jeter playing young: Nice formula for the Yankees here: CC Sabathia allows four runs in eight innings, Alex Rodriguez hits a three-run homer and Derek Jeter collects four hits. After extending his hitting streak to 13 games in New York's 7-4 victory at Texas, Jeter is batting .346 over his past 85 games going back to July 2011.

''I keep kidding him that it's like 1999 again — three hits every day. He's amazing,'' Rodriguez said of the 37-year-old Jeter.

So ... what happened in the Cubs game? The Cardinals were one strike away from beating the Cubs — no big deal, happens all of the time — when something odd happened. They lost. With closer Jason Motte on the hill, former Cardinals reserve Joe Mather lined a two-run single to give Chicago a 3-2 win at Wrigley Field. Through eight innings, Jaime Garcia had outpitched (barely) Matt Garza.

Watch the fun happen (for some, not all) in the ninth:

More than Jake: Just like it was 2007, right-hander Jake Peavy tossed a three-hit shutout for a 4-0 Chicago White Sox victory at Oakland. Peavy has a 1.19 ERA his past 22 1/3 innings. Adding to the joy, Adam Dunn hit a home run and Paul Konerko reached the seats for career homer No. 399. The White Sox are 10-6 and tied for first place. No, really!

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Quote of the Day: ''Talk to us at the end of May and see what our record is" — Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur, after Kansas City lost its 11th straight, 4-1 to Toronto, and fell to 3-13 on the season.

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Photo of the Day: It's like that scene in "Dirty Dancing."

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Geovany Soto (grounded) engages Tony Campana in a dysfunctional hug (AP).

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Three facts for the water cooler

Not counting the playoffs, of course, left-hander Derek Holland is 0-5 with a 9.26 ERA in six career appearances against the Yankees.

After falling to the Giants twice in a doubleheader, the Mets dropped to .500 for the first time this season.

With a 6-5 win over Houston, Zack Greinke improved to 13-0 in 18 starts at Miller Park since joining the Milwaukee Brewers.

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