• Yankees 8, White Sox 3: Being up six games in the standings has its advantages. They include pitching a starter for only three innings. The Yankees did that with Joba Chamberlain, then got three innings out of Alfredo Aceves en route to a three-game sweep of the White Sox. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira each went deep. This was a 3-2 game when Phil Hughes got the last out of the seventh, but the Yankees blew it open later. Up next is a road trip to Baltimore and Toronto (and Boston is six games behind).

  • Mets 4, Cubs 1: How about Nelson Figueroa? He struck out 10 Cubs and singled in a run as the Mets avoided a sweep in Chicago. The Brandeis product is part of a pathetic patchwork rotation with which the Mets will ride out the year. The Mets continue their trip in Colorado to start the new week.

  • Red Bulls 1, Crew 0: A little less than a year ago, these teams played for the MLS Cup. Now the Red Bulls are ecstatic to get two wins in a row. Dane Richards' long run accounted for the only goal.

  • Liberty 77, Sky 63: Another New York-Chicago matchup, and another attempt to masquerade as a decent team. The Liberty didn't look like a last-place team for one day, at least.
Photograph of Mark Teixeira, congratulated by Derek Jeter, after his seventh-inning, three-run home run by Kathy Willens/AP