As expected, Roger Clemens re-aggravated his hamstring after giving up three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Luckily, rookie Phil Hughes pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings after that, allowing the Yankee offense to come alive. Johnny Damon hit a three-run blast for a 5-3 lead, and Robinson Cano hit a double misplayed by Trot Nixon to put the Yankees up 8-3. Alex Rodriguez and Hideki Matsui had two hits each.
The Cubs, Phillies, and Angels were all swept out of the playoffs, but with an 8-4 win, the Yanks live to play another day.