- Cleveland 6 Yankees 4: The 2007 Yankees’ season ended as it began, in disarray. Chien-Ming Wang didn’t make it out of the second inning and while Mike Mussina was reasonably effective, he left with a 6-1 deficit. Meanwhile, Paul Byrd managed to shut down the Yankees’ offense. Somehow, Byrd pitched around 10 base runners in five innings and the Yankees squandered numerous opportunities to score. In a way, that was the story of this series as Cleveland continually scored with two outs and New York did not.
The Yankees chipped away late in the game with solo home runs from Cano, A-Rod and Abreu, but they could get no closer and they will once again head into next season in search of their 27th championship. Who will be back and who will be managing in 2008 is hard to say right now, but expect a lot of changes in the Yankees’ organization over the next few weeks.
- Senators 4 Devils 2: Ottawa jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never looked back, winning easily Monday afternoon. Danny Heatly and Daniel Alfredsson had multiple-point games for the Senators.
- Capitals 2 Islanders 1: Richard Park got New York off to a good start, but the Capitals rallied behind goals from Viktor Kozlov and Brooks Laich. Laich’s goal came midway through the third period and kept Washington unbeaten on the year.
Photograph of Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu by Bill Kostroun/AP