After getting swept by the Rangers in Texas, the Yankees traveled to St. Petersburg to face another potential playoff opponent in the Tampa Bay Rays. The results weren't much better, though: They won the middle game thanks to Jorge Posada's bat and Greg Golson's arm, but they lost the opener despite an awesome performance by CC Sabathia, and they lost the rubber game because of Dan Johnson and his two-run homers. (The Yanks and Rays will meet again next week at Yankee Stadium.) The series loss dropped them out of first place — they're a half-game back now — and Brian Cashman has made it clear that they'll be managing their roster with the postseason in mind, even if it costs them some games along the way. But what happened this week that didn't involve Sergio Mitre?
The United States won the FIBA World Championship.
Marc Staal signed a new contract. On a related note: So long, Wade Redden.
The Daily News remained on the P.E.D. beat.
And we visited TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset County, before naming Brooklyn's MCU Park the winner of our Minor League Stadium Crawl.
That's it for us. Have a nice weekend.