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Morning Coffee: Cliff Lee Makes His Point

Are you a casual to disinterested baseball enthusiast? Confused about what all this hullabaloo on the blogs and social networks is, processing every potential trade you could make in MLB The Show for the Yankees or the Mets to trade for Seattle ace Cliff Lee? Well ... you're probably not reading this site, for one thing. Secondly, watch the tape (DVR?) of last night's gem from Lee, a Complete Game (his third consecutive, the first American Leaguer to do that since Mark Mulder in 2004, first overall since CC Sabathia in 2008) and a very maddening performance, while he only struck out two and gave up a walk and eight hits, he still held the Yankees in check almost completely after Nick Swisher's first inning homer, as Seattle topped New York 7-4. Get your fictional trades ready, baseball fans!

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Elsewhere, in a very busy day...

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  • The Mets had one particularly bad, six-run inning from Hisonori Takahashi (whose clock has probably hit midnight at this point) and played catch up the rest of the night. Though Josh Thole's single in the top of the ninth tied the game for New York, the decision to pitch Francisco Rodriguez in the bottom of the eighth burned Met manager Jerry Manuel badly, as Pedro Feliciano gave up a double to Jorge Cantu and a single to Dan Uggla to end the game with a 7-6 Marlins win.
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  • Division!  Watch!  '10! Despite surrendering a five-run lead in the ninth, the Phils won 9-6 in 10 innings, to put them one back of the still wild card-leading Mets. New York and Philadelphia are 1.5 and 2.5 back of Atlanta after a loss to Washington. Cincinnati is now a half-game behind the Mets in the wild card. Boston beat Tampa, putting the Sox one game behind the Yankees and the Rays three back.
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  • The Nets added more cap space by trading Yi Jianlian to the Wizards for Quinton Ross. The Nets now have nearly $30 million under the cap. Meanwhile, the Nets have decided to piss off the Knicks using Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov, and by doing so, confuse poor New York bystanders into thinking the two teams have anything resembling a rivalry. 
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  • The Devils hired former excellent-yet-somehow-not-Hall-of-Fame-yet NHL centerman Adam Oates as their assistant coach, where he will likely be baffled at just how bad a power play can be.
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