2006_04_syankeeslogo.jpg - Yankees 8, Twins 1: Doing well against a potential first round opponent is never a bad thing. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they weren't facing one of the Twins' aces yesterday. Fortunately, it looks like Alex Rodriguez might be coming out of his slump. A-Rod got the Yankees off to a good start with a solo home run in the 2nd inning and later added another solo shot in the 7th. There was even a bases-loaded single in a four-run Yankee fifth inning. It was the 2nd game in a row that Rodriguez had a home run and the first time since July 1st and 2nd, good enough to earn him a curtain call. Corey Lidle pitched six shutout innings for his 3rd win as a Yankee.

- Mets 8, Astros 7: Despite the fact that the Mets entered last night's game 15 games ahead of the Phillies, there are still some questions surrounding the team. The main concern has to be the health of their starting pitchers. Tom Glavine returned to the rotation, but didn't do much to answer those questions. He looked good for the first three innings, but struggled during his second turn through the Astros lineup. Glavine pitched 5 innings while allowing 6 runs. The Mets broke a 6-6 tie in the 8th inning with a pinch-hit double by Jose Valentin and scored again on an Endy Chavez single. Billy Wagner allowed one run in the 9th inning before picking up his 33rd save of the season. If you're counting, the win reduced the Mets' magic number to 14 to clinch the NL East.

- Cyclones 7, Valleycats 5: The Cyclones hold off the Valleycats to stay a half game out of the Wild Card.

- SI Yankees 10, Spinners 5: The Yankees capitalize on 4 errors by the Spinners, scoring 4 unearned runs in the win.

- At least they got through some matches in Flushing before the rains from Ernesto started. Don't even bother going to the Open today, but Sunday (if they play) and Monday look to be extremely busy. On the men's side, Roger Federer and James Blake both advanced to the 3rd round. David Nalbandian's evening match was postponed. In women's 3rd round action, Justine Henin-Hardenne defeated Ai Sugiyama in three sets and Elena Dementieva easily won. Marion Bartoli led Patty Schnyder before play was suspended and Lindsay Davenport's match was postponed.