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Friday, Sept. 23

Florida at Atlanta (7:35 p.m. EDT). The fading Marlins try to keep postseason hopes alive, while Atlanta closes in on another division title.



— Travis Hafner, Indians, hit two home runs and drove in five runs in Cleveland's 8-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

— Randy Johnson, Yankees, allowed one run on three hits and struck out six over eight innings in New York's 2-1 win over Baltimore.

— Ryan Howard, Phillies, hit his second career grand slam in the 10th inning to give Philadelphia a 10-6 win over Atlanta.

— Felix Hernandez, Mariners, pitched 7 1-3 shutout innings and allowed two hits and struck out six to lead Seattle past Toronto 3-2.

— Lance Berkman, Astros, homered and drove in five runs to help Houston beat Pittsburgh 12-8.

— Michael Cuddyer, Twins, went 4-for-4 with a home run, three doubles and four RBIs in Minnesota's 10-4 win over Oakland.


The Yankees (88-63) defeated Baltimore 2-1 on Wednesday night to move a half-game ahead of Boston (88-63), which lost to Tampa Bay 7-4, for first in the AL East. The only other times this year that New York led the division were after an opening-night win over Boston, and following a July 18 victory at Texas. Seeking their eighth straight AL East title, they now lead with just 11 games to go.