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The first Cup victory for Casey Mears—and yet another win for Hendrick • Toyota makes progress • It's a lost season for Greg Biffle

The first televised draft will be full of intriguing subplots • Why general managers shouldn't favor college prospects over high school players

Oft-maligned for his sloppy play in leftfield, Boston's Manny Ramirez zeroed in on a sinking fly ball hit by Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in a game that New York won 6--2. The Yanks then lost four of their next five—including a sweep at the hands of the Angels—and by week's end had fallen 12 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox in the AL East.


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