• Yankees 10 Seattle 2: A-Rod didn’t want to go for a MRI and while the results were negative, he had to talk Joe Torre into putting him into the lineup. Good thing he did, because A-Rod hit two home runs in the seventh as the Yankees exploded for eight runs in inning.

    A-Rod’s home runs and the Yankee explosion will overshadow a great start by Phil Hughes, but they shouldn’t. Hughes was brilliant over six innings, striking out six and apart from a gopher ball by Raul Ibanez, dominant. Joba Chamberlain came on to keep the game tied in the seventh and Edwar Ramirez pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

    But, with a 10-2 lead, Joe Torre decided to let Mariano Rivera pitch the ninth. Yes, Rivera hadn’t pitched since Saturday, but yesterday Joe Torre used Luis Vizcaino in a blowout and now he is unavailable until at least Monday. With rosters expanded, wasn’t there anyone else available to get the last three outs in a 10-2 game? Apparently not, but at least the Yankees now have a three-game lead in the wild card.

  • Reds 7 Mets 0: John Maine didn’t have it and Tom Shearn did. Maine got rocked while Shearn, a 30-year old making his third career start, kept the Mets under wraps for six innings. The Cincinatti bullpen took over from there and delivered a shutout.
  • Brooklyn 3 Lowell 1: The Cyclones seem to find a way to win when they need it, Wednesday it was a comeback with runs in the 8th and 9th that propelled them to victory.
  • Staten Island 13 Tri-City 2: The Baby Bombers gave up a run in the first and never looked back, pounding out sixteen hits in the rout.
  • Venus Advances: Venus Williams fought back valiantly and recovered from dropping the first set to win her quarterfinal match in a third-set tiebreak. 4-6,6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Andy Roddick did his best, but Roger Federer is the best ever and he prevailed 7-6, 7-6, 6-2.