NEW YORK - Tyler Clippard beat all of 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.
With Mets fans playfully chasing Yankees rooters with brooms around Shea Stadium, 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. The Yankees begin their home series against Boston trailing the AL East leaders by 101/2 games.
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 21/2 games.
Clippard (1-0), 22, became the seventh rookie pitcher to start for the Yankees this season.
He was magnificent over six innings and allowed just three hits, including Wright's solo homer. He retired the first four batters, later got Reyes on a fly ball to leave the bases loaded, and breezed through the final seven hitters.
Brewers 6, Twins 5
MILWAUKEE - Geoff Jenkins hit his 200th career homer and had five RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, helping Milwaukee rally from a four-run deficit to beat Minnesota.
The Brewers have not been swept in a series this season but appeared headed toward being swept when they fell behind by 4-0 early. Milwaukee then broke out of its offensive funk, tying it at 5 in the fifth, and Jenkins hit the go-ahead single in the seventh off reliever Dennys Reyes (0-1).
Angels 4, Dodgers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Kelvim Escobar rebounded from his worst outing of the season with eight shutout innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete a sweep of the three-game interleague series between the division leaders.
Red Sox 6, Braves 3
BOSTON - Kason Gabbard came up from Triple-A and struck out a career-high seven batters while shutting Atlanta out for the first five innings to lead Boston to a victory.
Indians 5, Reds 3
CLEVELAND - Paul Byrd stayed unbeaten this season at Jacobs Field, and Cleveland matched the best home start in its 107-year history with a win over Cincinnati.
Rangers 14, Astros 1
HOUSTON - Mark Teixeira and Victor Diaz each hit two of Texas' season-high six home runs, and Ramon Vazquez also homered and drove in five runs to lead the Rangers over Houston.
Padres 2, Mariners 1
SEATTLE - Justin Germano is taking full advantage of his opportunity to start for San Diego.
The righthanded Germano, promoted from Triple-A Portland on May 8 to replace injured Clay Hensley (strained groin), held Seattle to an unearned run and six hits in six innings in the Padres' victory.
Nationals 4, Orioles 3
WASHINGTON - Baltimore starter Erik Bedard kept making hitters swing and miss. Once he left, Washington had much better success against Baltimore's high-priced bullpen.
Tigers 6, Cardinals 3
DETROIT - St. Louis was no match for Detroit in a World Series rematch.
Justin Verlander stayed unbeaten in May, and Brandon Inge homered to help the Tigers win, completing a sweep of the defending world champions.
Giants 4, Athletics 1
OAKLAND, Calif. - Matt Morris commanded the plate with all of his pitches and worked efficiently on a day San Francisco sure needed a big outing from its starter.
Morris, pitching after back-to-back losses by Barry Zito and Matt Cain, pitched a two-hitter and struck out a season-high nine in the win over Oakland.
White Sox 10, Cubs 6
CHICAGO - A.J. Pierzynski hit a grand slam in a seven-run seventh inning and Nick Masset won his first major-league start as the White Sox averted a sweep.
Pierzynski greeted ex-teammate Neal Cotts with his homer to right-center field, pumping his fist as he started rounding the bases. The White Sox scored all seven runs with two outs.
Marlins 4, Devil Rays 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Sergio Mitre allowed three runs over seven innings, and Florida rallied from a three-run deficit to complete a three-game sweep with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Royals 10, Rockies 5
DENVER - Ryan Shealy's broken-bat single to right in the 12th inning brought in the go-ahead run and Joel Peralta added a two-run double in his first major-league at-bat as Kansas City beat Colorado.
Diamondbacks 5, Pirates 2
PITTSBURGH - Randy Johnson, rounding into shape after off-season back surgery, struck out 10 in 52/3 innings to win his second start in a row and pitch Arizona to a victory over Pittsburgh.