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AL — Detroit entered the bottom of the 14th with an 8-6 lead, but Nick Swisher's two-out, three-run blast off of Joel Zumaya instead gave the White Sox a 10-8 victory for a thrilling conclusion to a tedious five-hour game.  New arrival Ken Griffey Jr made an immediate impact in his home debut by going 1-for-6 with three strikeouts… A day after driving in six runs in a single inning, Raul Ibanez added a home run and five RBI, then scored the winning run as the Mariners edged the Twins 8-7 in a wild back-and-forth affair, knocking Minnesota out of first in the AL Central. 

NL — Prince Fielder apologized for his clubhouse shove yesterday, then followed it up with a home run in the Brewers' 8-1 victory over the Reds.  After the game, he let Manny Parra cut in front of him in the buffet line… Mike Hampton, risen from the dead, led the Braves to an 11-4 triumph in San Francisco to earn his first win in nearly three years.  See?  All those millions of dollars in contract money were worth it… Kari Brandon Webb went the distance in the D-Backs' 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, scattering nine hits to earn his major league-leading 16th win.  Although technically, beating the Pirates should only count as ¾ of a win.

Olympics — The Redeem Team survived its toughest pre-Olympic warm-up by beating the dreaded Australians 87-76.  The Americans shot 3-for-18 from three-point range and hit just 61 percent of their free throws in a close match in which the Australians rested their best player, Andrew Bogut.  Jesus.  Their best player is Andrew Bogut? … Holy crap: Olympic soccer has already started.

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