New York Mets defeat New York Yankees, 6-4

Even before Rivalry Week ended with a thud - or more specifically an Alex Rodriguez strikeout - Joe Girardi already was looking forward to its conclusion.

Hampered by a rash of injuries - and undermined largely by a poor week of pitching both in the rotation and in the bullpen - the Yankees won just two of seven games against Boston, Tampa Bay and the Mets.

They suddenly are a season-high six games behind the Rays - who took the rubber game in Houston Sunday - in the...

Francisco Cervelli thought he had his first homer of the season in the seventh inning Sunday night. When he launched a Johan Santana pitch into the left-field corner, he thought it had gone over the orange line on the outfield wall. It didn't. It hit the line.

"I thought it was (a home run)," Cervelli said. But the catcher wound up with only a single, although he did knock in Nick Swisher with the Yankees' first run. "I made a mistake running the bases," Cervelli said. ...

Francisco Cervelli thought he had his first homer of the season in the seventh inning Sunday night. When he launched a Johan Santana pitch into the left-field corner, he thought it had gone over the orange line on the outfield wall. It didn't. It hit the line.

"I thought it was (a home run)," Cervelli said. But the catcher wound up with only a single, although he did knock in Nick Swisher with the Yankees' first run. "I made a mistake running the bases," Cervelli said. ...

When his booming blast off Mariano Rivera stayed in this Grand Canyon of a ballpark on Friday night, Jason Bay had to be wondering if he'd ever hit another home run at Citi Field.

The TV cameras caught him saying, "You gotta be kidding me," as he pulled into second base with a double, and teammate Jeff Francoeur said that was nothing compared to after the game.

"He had a few words for this place," Francoeur said yesterday with a laugh. "It was the first time I've see...