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So there was Brian Roberts scurrying around in no man's land between first and second base during the fifth inning of the O's game against Toronto and you could almost hear the Benny Hill theme music playing in the background, you know, Yakety Sax. And there was Corey Patterson edging off third base, taking nervous little steps toward the plate. This is baseball's great comedy moment -- the rundown with multiple runners on base. And for a change, it was the Orioles who had the last laugh as base runner extraordinaire Roberts kept the Blue Jays busy long enough for Patterson to score on a bad throw to the plate.

So ended a play on which Roberts had broken for second too soon but eventually allowed the  Orioles to manufacture the go-ahead run and an insurance run when he came home (it gave them a two-run lead at the time) and helped Baltimore win, 5-2. Roberts reached base on all five plate appearances last night -- three singles and two walks. And he provided a much-needed spark, even if he didn't realize it when he first took off for second in the fifth.

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* Stange but true. Mets pitcher Oliver Perez won his third game of the season yesterday against NL East rival Atlanta and it was only New York's third win against the Braves. Perez went seven scoreless in a 3-0 win and teammate David Wright hit his fourth home run in as many games.

* Joe Torre's job would appear to be safe for the moment after the Yankees emerged from the crucible of a three-game series against the Red Sox last night with an 8-3 victory that gave them two of three. Andy Pettite beat Curt Schilling. Meanwhile, Roger Clemens, after his second minor league start yesterday for Trenton, should join the Yanks right after the weekend.

* AC Milan beat Liverpool, 2-1, to capture its seventh Champions League final as Filippo Inzaghi scored twice for the Italian side. Real Madrid is the all-time leader with nine such titles and Liverpool is No. 3 with five.

* And I hear that last night "Jordan" won American Idol. Although everyone on the planet apparently watches that show, I confess that I have never seen one episode. But if I knew that Michael was going to be on, I would have tuned in.

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