MLB: The Yankees traveled to Cleveland on Monday to take on the Indians in a four-game series at Progressive Field and possibly witness history being made. But that will have to wait another night as Alex Rodriguez failed to reach 600 career home runs as he went 0-4 on Monday. But Curtis Granderson stole the show tonight for the Yanks as he belted a two-run home run to give them a 3-2 victory over the Tribe. The home run, which came in the eighth inning, locked up a win for starter Javier Vazquez as he went on to pitch seven solid innings to earn his ninth win of the season. The win didn’t come easy for the Yankees though, as they had to come-from-behind twice to put them at a Major League best 63-35. Travis Hafner put the Indians on the board in the second inning when he connected on an 0-1 pitch from Vazquez, a solo shot and his ninth of the season. Nick Swisher responded for the Yankees in the fourth inning as he added a solo shot himself to tie the game at that point. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Shin-Soo Choo stroked a two-out double into the right-center field gap, sending Michael Brantley home standing up from first base. But that was all for Vazquez, who improved to 6-2 with a 3.05 ERA over his past nine starts. Jake Westbrook also had a strong outing for the Tribe, pitching eight innings of work and striking out five batters while walking two. But the Yankees bullpen held it together, with Dave Robertson inducing a big double play out of Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth and Boone Logan coming on to retire Choo, before Mariano Rivera locked down the ninth for his 21st save of the season. CC Sabathia (13-3, 3.18 ERA) will start Tuesday night for the Yankees as he looks to go back to his dominant self after giving up six runs and walking eight in his last two starts. He faces Josh Tomlin, who makes his Major League debut for the Indians after going 8-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 appearances for Triple-A Columbus this season. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on My9.
The Mets had an off day Monday, and boy do they need it. They’re coming off a 2-9 road trip, which ended Sunday as they were blanked 1-0 by the Dodgers. They were shut out in four of their first eleven games out of the All-Star break and scored two runs or fewer seven times. They’ve gone 16 innings without plating a run. They come home and take on the Cardinals, who come in with a 7-3 record in the last 10 games and giving the Mets a challenge at home. The Mets are seven-and-a-half-games behind the Braves and are now tied for third as the Marlins beat the Giants Monday 4-3, posting a 50-49 record after the win. Jon Niese (6-4, 3.54 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets and faces Adam Wainwright (14-5, 1.94 ERA), who has been dominant for the Cardinals once again this season. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. on SNY and MLB Network (Local markets subject to blackout).
And finally, Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched a no-hitter Monday for the first time in franchise history, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0. He faced the minimum 27 batters, only allowing a walk in the second inning to Brennan Boesch in his 106th career start. This is now the 5th no-hitter of the season, which is now officialy titled as “The Year of the Pitcher.”
NFL: It seems that the Cincinnati Bengals are in talks with Terrell Owens to sign a contract with the team. Owens, after coming off a quiet 2009 season, mainly due to a less-than-great quarterback, could join league’s bad boy Chad Ochocinco and create chaos on and off the field. The team offered Owens’ agent a contract on Monday and said that it was up to T.O. to decide if he wants to sign or negotiate with another team. Team officials say that he has until Wednesday to make a decision.