- Yankees 12, Mariners 3: Chien-Ming Wang doesn't deserve the American League Cy Young award, but he should get some lower votes. In a game the Yankees needed to win to keep their wild-card lead, Wang pitched 7 1/3 innings and kept the Mariners under wraps. That came as a welcome development after the Yankees learned that Roger Clemens will need a cortisone shot in his pitching elbow. Why was he out there Monday anyway? Horacio Ramirez, who shut the Yankees down in Seattle earlier this season, didn't have as much success in this one. Home runs came from Jorge Posada -- two of them -- and Alex Rodriguez -- that's No. 46 -- and the Yankees did a number on the Seattle bullpen. They lead the wild card race by two games and can increase it to three when the series wraps up Wednesday.
- Mets 11, Reds 7: With Pedro Martinez back, the Mets could be looking at a difficult decision about their playoff rotation. At least they're thinking about that and not the National League East race right now. Oliver Perez gave up five runs -- three earned -- in a less-than-dazzling performance. Who knows how Willie Randolph will decide to go come October? That's not a bad problem to have. On another note, is there any doubt that the Great American Ball Park is a hitter's paradise? Paul Lo Duca hit not one but two home runs.
- In the women's
finalquarterfinal at the U.S. Open, Justine Henin took care of Serena Williams in straight sets. That's the third straight time that the Belgian has dispatched the American at a grand slam. Maybe Williams will think twice before taking so many events off and thinking she can just show up and win grand slam tournaments.
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer took the court at 10 p.m. After Nadal, the world No. 2, took the first set, Ferrer rallied to take the next three and ousting the French Open champ. Nadal has the opposite problem of Williams. He just plays too much tennis. Maybe he'll think twice before taking a hefty appearance fee the week after Wimbledon to play at a clay-court tournament in Stuttgart.
- Staten Island 5, Brooklyn 4: And we have a pennant race! Jose Gil singled home the winning run for the Yankees, who trail th eCyclones by a game and a half in the division. Each team has three games remaining, but none against each other.
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