• Yankees 8, Red Sox 3: A loss would have dropped the Yankees 11 1/2 games back. Although they wouldn't have admitted it, losing two of three to Boston would have forced some early wild-card thoughts. Instead, the Yankees are within 9 1/2 games and have some life. For the second time this season, Andy Pettitte outperformed Curt Schilling, but Wednesday's game ended up better for the Yankees than did the one April 22, when the bullpen blew it. The list of teams that have come back from double-digit deficits to win divisions is short. Any talk of a righted ship for this Yankees team is premature -- they've played poorly enough that three wins in four games won't persuade anyone they're out of the funk. But this game became plenty more important in the Yankees' minds because they won.

    In other Yankees news, their $39.95 million investment of the 2004-05 off-season, Carl Pavano, will get Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his elbow. Some say he wants to be back by August 2008, but the Yankees would be foolish to count on that or even hope for it. They'll be glad to close that chapter. Roger Clemens struggled with his control for Double-A Trenton, but he could make his next start with the big club.

  • Mets 3, Braves, 0: The Mets must be glad Oliver Perez can beat the Braves, because the rest of the team can't seem to do it. New York has beaten Atlanta three times this season, and Perez has earned the victory in each of those games. David Wright has four homers in his last four games, and the Mets made Thursday's John Smoltz-Tom Glavine matchup -- the third this season -- a rubber game.