• Twins 4, Yankees 0: As the season winds on, the Yankees are doing their best to make young opposing starters feel good about themselves. Last week, they gave some Texas arms a confidence boost. On Monday, Glen Perkins was the recipient of the Yanks' good will. He and Stony Brook product Joe Nathan combined to shut the Yankees out, and Sidney Ponson's latest middling effort -- 7 2/3 innings, four runs -- wasn't enough. The Yankees are five games out of the wild card (behind Boston), but the Red Sox aren't starting the likes of Ponson and Dan Giese.

  • Pirates 7, Mets 5: Blowing a lead is one thing. But doing it against the Pirates, who had Luis Rivas hitting second, Doug Mientkiewicz hitting third (!) and Chris Gomez hitting eighth just makes it more embarrassing. Pedro Martinez realized he was facing the Bucs and only allowed one run in six innings. But Joe Smith, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman (of course) and Scott Schoeneweis all pitched in to blow it. The good news? Robinson Cancel hit his first career homer. Now the Mets hit the road to Washington and Pittsburgh. They are two games out of first place.