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Yankees at Red Sox
Boston won the first five games in the season series, but the Bombers were without injured Alex Rodriguez. With three games at Fenway starting on Tuesday, Red Sox faithful get their first crack at their favorite target since he admitted taking "boli." (ESPN will carry Wednesday's game at 7 p.m.) After a 13--15 start, the Yanks were 16--6 since A-Rod's return.

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Belmont Stakes
There won't be a rubber match between Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Preakness champ Rachel Alexandra, who will sit this one out. But Saturday's race (ABC, 5 p.m.) will have Calvin Borel, who'll be back on Bird as he tries to sweep the Triple Crown races. And it will have long-shot Luv Gov, named for a tabloid nickname for former New York governor Eliot Spitzer.

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MLB Draft
It's not quite the event that the NFL and NBA meat markets are, but two years after first being televised, baseball's draft is making its debut in prime time. The MLB Network and MLB.com will carry the three-day event starting next Tuesday. There's no drama about who will go No. 1; the Nationals are a lock to take San Diego State righty Stephen Strasburg (SI, March 30).

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Fanarchy
Who's in the mood for calm, reasoned sports debate? If you raised your hand, don't bother watching this weekly series, which premieres at 11 p.m. on Sunday on Versus. Fanarchy lets superfans rant and rave on the hot issues by webcam; think an even more amateurish Around the Horn. Wondering what Joe on the Car Phone looks like? Here's your chance.

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World Cup qualifying
Team USA continues its march to the 2010 Cup with a match against Honduras in Chicago on Saturday (8 p.m. ESPN). The Americans get a boost from goaltender Tim Howard, who played well for Everton in a 2--1 FA Cup final loss to Chelsea last Saturday. Howard, who won the FA Cup with Man U in '04, is the first American to play in two finals.

• CELEBRATE
25 years of Tetris
June 6, 1984: A hallowed date for the world's procrastinating students and bored office workers. That was when Soviet computer scientist Alexey Pajitnov finished the addictive puzzle game at the Moscow Academy of Sciences. (The public began playing a year later.) Still hugely popular, Tetris is played a million times daily on Facebook.

The Pop Culture Grid

Athletes in the mix

Jon and Kate are ...

Best movie I saw last week

Adam Lambert should ...

_____ has that Boom Boom Pow!

Age I had my first kiss

ADRIAN GONZALEZ Padres 1B

Married with eight kids

Bolt

If I knew him, I'd answer

My brother Edgar

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JAYSON WERTH Phillies CF

Unknown to me

Valkyrie

Remake Queen's Greatest Hits

Teammate Chase Utley

13

BRIAN WILSON Giants P

Actors in Idaho?

Angels and Demons

Do theater

Paula Abdul

5

TODD HELTON Rockies 1B

About to get divorced

Eagle Eye

Go on tour

Teammate Troy Tulowitzki

13

Inside the Grid

While most five-year-olds are fingerpainting or learning how to read in kindergarten, Wilson was mastering the rules of attraction. "Yeah, Papa Dubs was five—believe it," Wilson says of his first smooch. "She was going to kiss whoever smelled best in class, and my pheromones are naturally awesome."

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COURTESY OF VERSUS (FANARCHY)

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NAM Y. HUH/AP (HOWARD)

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NINTENDO (TETRIS)

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ARIEL SKELLEY/BLEND IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES (KIDS)

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SONY PICTURES/EVERETT COLLECTION (POSTER)

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BRAD MANGIN (HELTON)

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HARRY HOW/GETTY IMAGES (WILSON)

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DAMIAN STROHMEYER (WERTH)

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JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (GONZALEZ)

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BRAD BARKET/WIREIMAGE FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS/GETTY IMAGES (JON AND KATE)

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PETER STILL/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES (QUEEN)