2006_06_sjeter.jpg -Washington 11 Yankees 9: If the Yankees miss the playoffs by one game, this is the one to remember. Fifteen hits and a seven-run lead weren’t enough for the pathetic Yankee pitching as they collapsed down the stretch and gave the Nationals an improbable victory.

Mariano Rivera came in during the eighth inning and couldn’t stop the bleeding, giving up the tying run on a throwing error by Jorge Posada and two more runs on a triple and a single. Johnny Damon went 4-6 with a grand slam in the loss.

-Orioles 4 Mets 2: We now know what is worse than Kris Benson coming back to Shea and pitching brilliantly. It’s Kris Benson coming back to Shea, pitching brilliantly and hitting a home run. Benson connected for the first homer by an Orioles’ pitcher since 1972 and went eight innings for his eighth win of the season.

Benson survived his own throwing error and Brian Roberts served as the catalyst for the Orioles’ offense, scoring two runs, getting three hits and driving in a run. Pedro Martinez pitched well, but took his third loss of the season.

-At the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson was 1-under for the day and is tied for the lead. Mickelson is at two-over which is the highest 54-hole lead since the U.S. Open was held at Winged Foot in 1974. That was the year of the "Massacre at Winged Foot" which ended with Hale Irwin winning the championship at seven over par. Mickleson and his competition will hope to avoid a repeat of that day, but with temperatures in the 90's tomorrow, it could be a brutal day in Mamaroneck.

-Red Bulls 2, Galaxy 1: Red Bulls win! Red Bulls win! New York finally picked up it's 2nd win of the MLS season and are now 2-2-7. Is anyone even watching the MLS with the World Cup going on? Doesn't look like it as only 10,207 showed up. Or is that due to the poor record of the Red Bulls.

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