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Starting Nine: Calm down, Nats fans -- Adam LaRoche has arrived

Many things are happening -- on Cut4, in baseball and out there in the rest of the world. Here are nine you need to know about today:

1. Nationals Treasure
Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche had his first two hits of the season in Tuesday's victory over the White Sox. Oh, and they happened to be home runs.

2. The Bronx (well, Cleveland) is Burning
The reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated, or so the Yankees wanted to prove in their 14-1 rout of the Indians on Tuesday. Here they come, indeed.

3. Upton Here
The Justin Upton show continued Tuesday night as he doubled in the deciding run in the top of the 8th against the Marlins. Justin Upton is 25, he's signed through 2015 and the Braves are leading the NL East. Life is good in Atlanta right now.

4. Philly PhanANTICs
Look, it's starting to get pretty warm, and the Phanatic is covered in fur. When Alex Gordon put his Royals hat on the Phanatic's head, he paid him back and tidied up a little bit in the process.

5. Denard Robinson, ATH
Michigan quarterback/running back/wide reciever Denard Robinson threw out the first pitch before the Tigers-Blue Jays game Tuesday. That pitch is why he isn't also Michigan starter/reliever/closer.

6. Doppelgangers
This Red Sox fan visiting Marlins Park randomly looks like Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin who used to play for Miami. We know -- it's weird.

7. Philly vs. New York
The Phillies played the Mets, the 76ers took on the Nets, and the Flyers faced off against the Islanders. New York won the night, finishing 2-1. Really, though, none of the games were that close.

8. MLB (TV)
The unfortunately-named Cougar Town had its season finale last night while the preposterously-premised Ready for Love kicked off. Believe it or not, the show called "Cougar Town" is the good one. We're surprised too.

9. You can't win 'em all
Louisville bested Michigan in Monday's high-octane NCAA Men's Final, but the women had no such luck against the powerhouse UConn Huskies. This brings the UConn women's total number of championships to eight, just one shy of the number of games they've lost since 2007.

-- Cut4 Staff