New York Mets defeat New York Yankees, 6-2

Luis Castillo received a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat Saturday.

He even laughed about it afterward.

Castillo showed up for work at Yankee Stadium, the scene of his dropped pop-up and two-run error that resulted in a calamitous loss for the Mets in the Subway Series opener one night earlier. The second baseman was back at his normal position and batted leadoff, going 2-for-5 with no fielding miscues in the Mets' 6-2 bounce-back victory.

"I heard th...

They are one famously botched pop-up away from a five-game losing streak and the prospect of needing to beat Johan Santana to avoid a Subway Sweep. So Luis Castillo's error may have saved the Yankees from some serious anxiety, but it can't camouflage the problems suddenly threatening to change the tone of their season.

Namely, where's the pitching?

Andy Pettitte was pounded for 12 hits and five runs in five innings in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Mets, and yet in this ...

A day after Luis Castillo's dreadful dropped pop-up, the Mets were revived thanks in large part to a waiver-wire afterthought who pitched the game of his life. And while the Mets played like they had forgotten all about their potentially scarring Friday loss, the Yankees looked like the team that had psychological baggage to sift through.

Fernando Nieve, the Venezuelan righty who started the season with the Mets' Double-A team, turned in the kind of performance that the...

After Joba Chamberlain lasted only four innings on Friday night, about the last thing the Yankees needed was another rough outing by a starting pitcher.

But that's just what they got from Andy Pettitte in a 6-2 loss to the Mets Saturday that erased the good vibes in the Bronx after Luis Castillo's gift the night before.

Pettitte's five-inning stint, in which he gave up five runs on 12 hits, was not what Joe Girardi had in mind when he said he needed his starters to s...

Pitcher Fernando Nieve might have been the biggest surprise in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Yankees Saturday, but that's only because catcher Omir Santos is making a habit of getting big hits.

He got a huge one Saturday.

With the Mets reeling from Friday's heartbreaking loss, Santos helped erase those bad feelings with his second-inning two-run home run off Andy Pettitte that put the Mets on the scoreboard first.

Then, in the Mets' three-run fifth, Santos whacked an...

Luis Castillo received a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat Saturday. He even laughed about it afterward.

Castillo showed up for work at Yankee Stadium, the scene of his dropped pop-up and two-run error that resulted in a calamitous loss for the Mets in the Subway Series opener one night earlier. The second baseman was back at his normal position and batted leadoff, going 2-for-5 with no fielding miscues in the Mets' 6-2 bounce-back victory.

"I heard th...