Photograph, left, of Yankees manage Joe Girardi (number 37) walking to the mound to relieve pitcher Andy Petitte by Kathy Willens/AP and photograph, right, of Carlos Delgado scoring by Jeff Roberson/AP

  • Red Sox 7, Yankees 0: If Derek Jeter hadn't made an error that led to two unearned runs being scored in the top of the first, the Yankees still would have lost. That's because the bats, which looked so lively against the Rangers on Wednesday, did nothing against Boston's Jon Lester on Thursday. Jeter's error, the latest downplayed miscue from an aging "shortstop," didn't cost the team the game. Even if he hadn't thrown a ball that should have completed a double play into first-basethe camera well, Andy Pettitte still wouldn't have had his best stuff. This is the first time the teams played after Memorial Day without one of them being in first place since September 2007. The Yanks will need to win two of the next three to avoid falling further behind Boston -- and first-place Tampa Bay.
  • Mets 11, Cardinals 1: Mike Pelfrey went seven strong innings of one-run ball as the Mets earned a split in St. Louis. This game was over early. A three-run first started things off, and then a six-run explosion in the third, which included a Mike Pelfrey RBI single, helped remove doubt from the game. Pelfrey, whose ERA is now 4.23, has been a pleasant surprise. The Mets are once again within one game of .500.