• Yankees 13, Red Sox 6: It may have taken nine games for it to happen, but the Yankees finally beat the Red Sox this season. The Yankees had dropped eight straight to Boston before winning last night in The Bronx. It was the most lopsided start to the season series since 1933 when the Yankees won their first nine games against the Red Sox. The Yankees tagged Sox starter John Smoltz for 8 earned runs, 7 of which came in an 8 run 4th inning. Billy Traber didn't do much better in relief, giving up 5 more runs to the Yankees. Joba Chamberlain, shaky in his 5 innings of work, allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 7 walks.

    Offensively, the Yankees exploded for 18 hits, with Jorge Posada, Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui all collecting 3 RBI. Posada went 3-5 finished a triple short of the cycle. David Ortiz, who admitted to being distracted by the report that he tested positive for steroids in 2003, went 0 for 5 for the night. Before the game, Ortiz said that he and the players union would hold a press conference on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. With the win, the Yankees extended their lead over the Red Sox to 3.5 games.

  • Padres 8, Mets 3: Livan Hernandez allowed 2 runs in the 1st, then 4 more in the 3rd and finally 1 more run in the 5th before he was mercifully exited last night's game in San Diego. While that deficit was way too much to overcome for the Mets' pop-gun offense, they did manage to score 3 runs in the 6th inning. If, for some reason you're still counting, the Mets are now 11 games out of 1st in the NL East (a season high) and 9 games behind the Giants for the wild card.