• Yankees 6 Mets 2: To say this was a must win for the Yankees may be understating things. Yes, it is only May and yes, there are 120 games or so left. But, when you are 10+games back in the division and you face getting swept by your local rival, you just have to win.

    And win the Yankees did, answering the call and avoiding a total collapse at Shea. Jeter, Posada and A-Rod went deep while Tyler Clippard pitched six brilliant innings. This game will mean nothing at all if the Red Sox beat up on them tomorrow, but the Yankees have one night where they can feel like a good team again.

    Both teams will now face their arch rivals with the Mets heading to Atlanta while the Yankees return home to face Boston.

Left photograph of Yankees starter Tyler Clippard by Ed Betz; right photograph of Met Shawn Green missing Johnny Damon's two-run double in the fourth inning by Kathy Willens/AP