2006_04_syankeeslogo.jpg-Yankees 6 Rangers 2: This time last year, Melky Cabrera was back in Columbus after failing a six-game audition in centerfield. Now, he has become an integral part of the team and one of the main reasons that New York is still in the pennant race. Monday, Cabrera went 3 for 4, hitting a single, double and triple, stealing a base and throwing a runner out at second.

Cabrera’s league-leading eighth assist put an end to a Texas rally and helped Randy Johnson improve to 11-8. The suddenly formidable combination of Proctor-Farnsworth-Rivera finished off the game for New York.

-Cubs 8 Mets 7: Steve Trachsel pitched poorly at the start and end of his night and that made the difference. After giving up three runs in the first, Trachsel settled down and with the help of his offense, took a 4-3 lead into the fifth. That’s when things fell apart as he gave up back-to-back home runs and Heath Bell couldn’t stop the bleeding as Chicago exploded for a five-run inning. New York loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh and scored three runs, but they couldn’t tie the game.