New York's lead over Baltimore in the AL East race is down to two games following the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the Yankees. O's first baseman Mark Reynolds had his second two-homer game of the weekend series in the Bronx. The Yankees beat Baltimore on Saturday 4-3. The Yanks are 19-23 since opening a 10-game division lead on July 18.
Boston went 0-2 over the weekend, losing to Oakland 7-1 on Saturday, 6-2 yesterday.
Over in the NL Jason Bay smacked a first-inning grand slam home run and the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep in Miami with a 5-1 victory over the Marlins. It's the Mets' seventh win in eight games.
Yanks in Tampa Bay today, the Rays sit just 3½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East and are coming off a strong weekend winning their past two against Toronto. Red Sox play in Seattle, and the Mets will be in St. Louis, all three games starting this afternoon.
In US Open play, Andy Roddick has earned at least one more match before retiring. The 20th seed advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win over Italy's Fabio Fognini. The 2003 champion announced Thursday that this would be his final tournament. Roddick's next test will be seventh seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. The 2009 U.S. Open winner was a straight-set winner on the first Sunday of the year's final Grand Slam.
And as we preview the NFL season leading up to Wednesday’s kickoff game in New York, with the referee lockout guaranteed to continue through at least the first week, concerns are being raised about the ability of replacement refs to keep the game safe and fair. In the very first exhibition game of 2012 between New Orleans and Arizona, referee Craig Ochoa announced that New Orleans won the coin toss. Except Arizona had. Other mishaps have included punted balls called touchbacks after being downed well before the goal line, misinterpreting coaches’ challenges, and penalties called on the wrong players. ‘‘Officiating is an imperfect science,’’ Commissioner Roger Goodell said. ‘‘They’re not going to be correct all the time, but we have systems in place to try to help.’’ Many of the replacements are going from supervising small college games to policing the sport’s best athletes in front of deafening 75,000-strong crowds.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press