• Yankees 5, Orioles 3: Carl Pavano -- Opening Day starter in 2007 -- made his 2008 debut and his first start since April of last year. He e put 10 baserunners on but didn't suffer. Jason Giamb's go-ahead homer helped matters. With Boston's loss, the Yankees are now five games out of the playoffs. Has Pavano unseated Sir Sidney Ponson as the No. 3 starter? Can the Yankees make up some ground? Don't count on it. But for one night, hilarity and victory lined up.

  • Astros 8, Mets 3: Brian Schneider may have homered for the second straight day, but that wasn't enough for the Mets. John Maine -- who may or may not be in Verizon Fios commercials -- turned in his latest discouraging performance. He surrendered eight runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. A four-run second proved his undoing. The Mets didn't have a baserunner until the fifth inning. That's not a way to win games.