Yankees at A's
With Oakland in the midst of a slump last week, outfielder Jay Payton (left) said, "We'll be fine. We could wake up tomorrow and start scoring eight runs a game; that's how this game is." He was right. The A's reeled off five straight wins, scoring 56 runs (that's 9.3 per game, better than Payton predicted) and taking first place away from the Angels. They'll have a chance to put up more big numbers against New York's patchwork mound staff, which ranks eighth in the AL in ERA. Marlins castoff Al Leiter (7--10, 5.75 ERA) will take the hill in the first of a three-game set, with Dan Haren (11--10, 3.99) pitching for the A's. FSN 7 p.m.
Lawn Mower Racing Championships
The 18-event season comes to an end as more than 100 John Deeres convene at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio, for a two-day showdown to determine national champions in six classes. "From April Fools' Day to Labor Day we've sucked gas and kicked grass," says U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association president Bruce Kaufman. "The annual end-of-summer Mow Down will determine the nation's best sod warriors."
World Cup Qualifying, U.S. vs. Mexico
The last time the Yanks hosted their rivals, in April 2004, the crowd of 45,000 at the Cotton Bowl was overwhelmingly pulling for los Tricolores. That shouldn't be the case at Columbus Crew Stadium, where the U.S. can clinch a spot in the 2006 World Cup with a win. The teams played in Mexico City on March 27, and the hosts came away with a 2--1 victory--the only game the U.S. has lost in Cup qualifying. Telemundo 7:30 p.m.
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