• Yankees 9, Red Sox 5: Now the Yankees only trail their rivals in the American League East by 12 1/2 games. They rocked Tim Wakefield -- again -- and then held on for a 9-5 win in the first of three games at Fenway Park this weekend. A four-run sixth, including a three-run double by Jorge Posada, didn't hurt. Wakefield has been great against the American League this season but not against the Yankees, against whom he as an 0-3 record and a sky-high ERA. Scott Proctor hit Kevin Youkilis in the ninth inning, "earning" himself an ejection. He may have been responding to Javier Lopez's plunking of Robinson Cano in the top of the inning. On the other hand, Proctor's control has been far from exemplary of late, so the ball could have gotten away.

  • Diamondbacks 5, Mets 1: Brandon Webb, as good as he is, usually doesn't give the Mets problems. Then again, the Mets don't usually have Damion Easley hitting third. The Arizona ace took advantage when Manager Willie Randolph felt obligated to put the second baseman in the three-hole with Carlos Beltran (knee) and David Wright (back spasms) sitting out. John Maine allowed two runs over six innings, but he didn't allow a walk, a good sign for the nibbling right-hander.

  • Liberty 70, Lynx 60: Break up the Liberty! It's 3-0 for the first time since 1997 -- that's the year the WNBA began. This time, it was led by Cahtrine Kraayeveld, who scored 21 points. The players shouldn't get two excited, though. Minnesota is 0-6 this season and hasn't looked good doing it.