- Yankees 10, Orioles 7: Yeah, you read the headline right. Alex Rodriguez came through in yesterday afternoon's game in the biggest way - with a two-out game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 9th inning. It was his 2nd home run of the game. The bottom of the ninth inning went something like this: out, out, Robinson Cano single, Derek Jeter walk, Bobby Abreu hit-by-pitch, grand slam by Rodriguez into the black seats. Kei Igawa gave up 7 runs over 5 innings in his big-league debut. Igawa, who was cheaper for the Yankees than his Japanese counterpart in Boston, left the game to boos. He later said he didn't know the boos were for him (they don't tend to boo in Japan). But the big story of the game was obviously A-Rod. After the game, he said things like: "It felt awesome. I was so excited, I felt like a fool running around the bases, like it was Little League. I just remember I almost knocked [coach Larry] Bowa over at third. I saw the fans rocking behind him. That was kind of cool." He also said that it was "one of the best moments for me" as a Yankee. Jeter even managed to complement A-Rod, "I'm happy for him, that he came through." Could this be the turning point for A-Rod's time in New York?
- Braves 5, Mets 3: In a pitching match-up of two former teammates, it was the Braves that came out on top yesterday. John Smoltz won his first game of the season and the Mets and Tom Glavine both picked up their first losses. It seemed like everything that was going right for the Mets in their first four games suddenly vanished. Glavine struggled, the team left 13 on base, and there were costly errors. Carlos Delgado, who said he had issues seeing balls all day, dropped a ball thrown to him in the first, and Shawn Green missed a fly-ball in the sixth because of the high winds. Those two errors led to three unearned runs. The Mets had their chance in the 9th inning with only one out and the tying runs on base, but they couldn't come through.
- Nets 120, Wizards 114 (OT): It took extra time, but the Nets defeated the ailing Wizards with some impressive numbers from it's two stars. Jason Kidd and Vince Carter both netted triple-doubles, becoming the first teammates to do so since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1989. Kidd had 10 points, 16 rebounds and 18 assists (ties a season high). Carter had 46 points (ties season high), 16 rebounds (career high) and 10 assists. To help the cause, Richard Jefferson had 27 points in the win. The Nets also made a franchise record 17 threes in the game. The Nets remain 1 game ahead of Orlando for the 7th spot in the Playoffs and are now 3 games behind Washington for the 6th.
- Knicks 118, Bucks 113 (OT): Two local basketball teams win in overtime? What are the chances? Eddy Curry led the Knicks with a career-high 43 points and he made his first three-pointer of the season to send the game to OT. With Stephon Marbury out with the turf toe injury he suffered Friday, Nate Robinson matched his career high in points with 34. The Knicks are 3 games behind Orlando for the final Playoff spot.
- Islanders 4, Flyers 2: The Islanders picked up a crucial victory last night, keeping them alive for the last spot in the NHL Playoffs. With the win, they are 1 point behind Toronto, the team that currently holds the 8th seed. If the Islanders win today against the Devils, they get to face Buffalo in the first round. The Islanders must win or they are eliminated from the Playoffs. A loss in OT or by shootout would tie the Maple Leafs with 91 points, but Toronto has more wins than the Islanders, giving them the tie breaker.
- Penguines 2, Rangers 1: Could the Rangers loss last night really be a win? The loss, coupled with an Atlanta win over Tampa Bay means the Rangers, as the 6th seed, will face the Thrashers and not the Devils, who swept the Rangers last year in the post-season. The Rangers are 1-1-2 against Atlanta this year.
- Crew 0, Red Bull 0: The first full season for the Red Bulls under Bruce Arena began last night with a tie. Despite the scoreless game, New York comes away with a point to open the 2007 season.
Photo of Alex Rodriguez approaching home plate by AP/Frank Franklin II