New York Yankees defeat New York Mets, 4-2

It was after Chien-Ming Wang's last start in Atlanta - a dreadful 4-0 loss that prompted the Yankees to "kick themselves in the pants" according to Nick Swisher - that the Bombers got their bats back on track.

But Wang still was winless entering Sunday night's Subway Series finale, and didn't get the benefit of continued potency from a lineup that had scored 14 runs in the first two games. What did remain the same was the solid starting pitching, as Wang followed up mas...

Mariano Rivera's 500th save may have grabbed the headlines Sunday night, but there was another number that could have been even more important to the Yankees: One.

As in Chien-Ming Wang's first victory of the season, removing the ugly zero from the win column and rewarding the sinkerballer for another improved performance.

Wang's night may have looked pedestrian next to the brilliant outings by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett in the first two games of the series, but it...

As if the disabled list weren't causing him to lose enough sleep, Jerry Manuel is also worrying about the mental health of Fernando Martinez, the Mets' top position prospect who wouldn't be in the big leagues if not for all of the injuries.

Struggling mightily against major league pitching, Martinez entered last night's game with a .164 average (12-for-73), no home runs and just six RBI in 23 games. Leading up to the Subway Series finale at Citi Field, he was also 0-for...

Mariano Rivera's teammates were all aglow over the career milestone - no, make that two career milestones - the star closer achieved Sunday night at Citi Field.

Everyone knew Rivera's 500th career save was just a matter of time, but Mariano also recorded his first big-league RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning of the Yankees' series-sweeping 4-2 win over the Mets.

"That made it fun. It's definitely going to be a night that he'll always remember," said l...

Jerry Manuel keeps using terms like "tread water," "survive" and "hold on." But even the Mets' manager admits that it soon may be time to make a trade.

"I think if we get below that (.500) mark and we continue to struggle offensively as we are, I think that's a no-brainer," Manuel said of making a deal for a hitter. "I think we have to visit that. It has to be talked about at some point. It would be dishonest if I said no."

The Mets, who have lost four straight to th...

Under repeated questioning, Jerry Manuel finally admitted the obvious Sunday, that if his injury-depleted Mets continue to backslide over the next several days, then yes, he'd like to see GM Omar Minaya make a trade for some help.

"It would be dishonest if I said no," Manuel said.

And that was before the Yankees finished off a sweep with a 4-2 victory Sunday night that may well have brought the manager one game closer to that cry for help.

But the problem is the M...

Mariano Rivera's 500th save may have grabbed the headlines Sunday night, but there was another number that could have been even more important to the Yankees: One.

As in Chien-Ming Wang's first victory of the season, removing the ugly zero from the win column and rewarding the sinkerballer for another improved performance.

Wang's night may have looked pedestrian next to the brilliant outings by CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett in the first two games of the series, but it...

A few minutes after recording the 500th save of his career - against the Mets, in their new ballpark, in the Subway Series, no less - Mariano Rivera was laughing and joking in an interview room at Citi Field, talking about how he actually preferred getting his first career RBI in the ninth inning to the milestone save.

He was clearly enjoying himself and appeared just as relaxed in front of a mike as he normally does on the mound. He cracked up when he reported that Der...