The resilient Baltimore Orioles regained a share of first place in the American League East, recovering from losing a five-run lead to club the Yankees 10-6 at Camden Yards. The Oriole’s four-run first inning went unanswered until the eighth when the Yanks began to show signs of a true first place team bringing in five runs. Baltimore returned the favor with four of their own in the bottom of the inning.
The Mets and Red Sox were both off yesterday. The Mets will host the Braves all weekend, Boston hosts Toronto and the Yankees get three more in Baltimore.
In US Open play, defending champion and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic downed 2009 champion and No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 to move into the semifinals.
The NFL is mourning the loss of Art Modell, who passed away from natural causes at the age of 87. Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Browns but became a reviled figure in Cleveland after moving the team to Baltimore in 1996. That franchise shift is believed to be the reason he's not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Modell also was the driving force behind the 1970 contract between the NFL and ABC to televise games on Monday night.
While the NHL and the players' association stay away from the negotiating table, discussions have taken place behind the scenes in an effort to restart talks as a lockout deadline looms. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr have discussed procedural details that could soon lead to a continuation of negotiations that broke off last week — perhaps as early as this week.
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