• Yankees 7 Oakland 1: If you believe in omens, New York started the second half on a great note. After struggling all season long to get clutch hits, the Yankees got a bunch of them Friday as they easily beat the A’s. It was the newest Yankee, Richie Sexson, who got the Yankees on the board with a RBI-single in the first. New York then blew open the game with a huge home run from Robinson Cano (another good omen?) to take a 4-1 lead. In the fourth Bobby Abreu had a big hit and A-Rod added another one to put New York up 6-1. Mike Mussina made it stand with another solid performance, going six innings and allowing only one run. Mussina improved to 12-6 on the year.
  • Cincinnati 5 Mets 2: Things started out well with the Mets jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but they unraveled in the fifth. John Maine couldn’t get out of it and the Reds scored four times on their way to the win. The loss snaps the Mets’ winning streak and dropped them one game behind Philadelphia in the NL East.