2006_09_syankeeslogo.jpg-Yankees 5 Orioles 4: It’s a weeklong audition for those Yankees who haven’t cemented a place on the playoff roster, so Cory Lidle’s six strong innings were certainly timely. So was another scoreless inning from Brian Bruney and a 1-4 night from Gary Sheffield. Yes, Gary Sheffield has not guaranteed himself a spot on the playoff roster and it is doubtful he will unless he starts to hit again. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both went 2-4 to close the gap in their batting race with Joe Mauer.

-Atlanta 12 Mets 0: At this point it might be best to just hit the snooze button on the Mets until next Tuesday or Wednesday. Since clinching last week, they have dropped six out of seven and looked terrible in the process. While it is next to impossible to get motivated for meaningless games, New York needs to figure out how to avoid slumping into the playoffs. Maybe tonight’s game with Pedro on the mound will provide the spark they need.