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  • Yankees 5, Red Sox 3: This game wasn't important in the American League East race. If a miracle occurs over the next three weeks, it may be looked upon as signifcant, but right now it simply helps the Yankees in their quest to make the playoffs as the wild card. Andy Pettitte threw seven innings of three-run ball, and the Yankees broke a 3-3 tie when Johnny Damon homered off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the seventh inning. Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera also pitched in for the scoreboard-watching Yankees, who should have their eyes on the Mariners-Angels series.

  • Phillies 4, Mets 2: How many games is Guillermo Mota going to blow for the Mets? Any reliever would be better at this point. He gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the bottom of the 10th as the Phillies won their second straight in a four-game series. The most excruciating part of this game came when the Phillies tied the game in the eighth inning on a roller up the third-base line that just stayed fair. Tom Glavine threw seven shutout innings but didn't get the win, and the Mets have to be thinking about avoiding a sweep in the back of their minds.

  • At the U.S. Open, Maria Sharapova broke out a red dress and won in style, nearly scoring a double-bagel win in her first-round match. Andy Roddick followed that up with an entertaining win over Justin Gimelstob. Daniela Hantuchova, the No. 9 seed on the women's side, was the highest-profile casualty.

  • Shock 71, Liberty 70 (OT): At 16-18 during the regular season, the Liberty probably didn't deserve to be in the playoffs. Despite giving themselves plenty of chances to win this game, the Liberty players couldn't close the deal. They led by 10 points in the third quarter and by five with two minutes to go in the extra session. Janel McCarville couldn't tie the game by hitting a free throw in the closing seconds, and the Liberty got sent home. The Shock, the defending champions, avoided the upset, but maybe the Liberty exposed them as a vulnerable team.

  • Staten Island 1, Aberdeen 0: This game remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth, when the Baby Bombers won on an infield single by Donald Hollingsworth.

  • Brooklyn 3, Hudson Valley 2: Ezequiel Carrera stole the show in this one. He went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored in his team's win.