Sentence from the AP story on Philadelphia's 11-10 win over the Mets on Thursday: Fans chanted "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!'' as they left the ballpark. One man held a broom he sneaked in. What kind of a world is it where a Philadelphia sports fan has to sneak a broom into Citizen's Bank? After winning four straight over the Mets to climb right back into the NL East race, the Phillies should be handing out #### brooms to the first 20,000 adult fans who enter the stadium, with miniature brooms for the kids and a wacky broom mascot entertaining the fans betwen innings with his charming broom-like antics.

One of the most monumental sweeps in Phillies history, and there's one freaking broom on the premises? That sickens me. Hey Bob Watson, instead of bothering Terry Francona during the game about wearing a uniform top, maybe you should haul your ass over to the more compelling race and actually make yourself useful by handing out brooms. And not the flimsy nylon jobs as shown here, but the stiff bristle kind, like witches ride. Philadelphia deserves the best.

All Lathered Up For A September Division Race. That's what we're talking about: Several lead changes, dramatic homers, relief screwups. The Mets-Phillies game on Thursday was all of these and more. Chase Utley ended the four-hour marathon with a run-scoring single off of Billy Wagner in the ninth to provide the win and a four-game sweep, drawing the Phillies to within two games of the first-place Mets. Pat Burrell homered twice and Ryan Howard and Aaron Rowand also homered for the Phils, who gagged a 5-0 lead. David Wright was 3-for-4 with a double and Endy Chavez had a double and two RBI for the Mets.

More Sweepage Involving New York. Chien-Ming Wang took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, the Yankees prevailing over Boston 5-0. Robinson Cano homered off of Curt Schilling, and Boston manager Terry Francona and Yankees rookie pitcher Joba Chamberlain were ejected; the latter for throwing a pair of pitches over Kevin Youkilis' head. New York is five back of the Red Sox in the AL East, and one game up on the second-place Mariners in the wild card race. Perhaps it was all retribution for this photo.

Racing Arizona. Rookie Mark Reynolds had five RBI as the Diamondbacks held on for an 8-7 win over San Diego, moving past the Padres into first place in the NL West.


I Dream In Ivy. Matt Murton and Alfonso Soriano had back-to-back homers with two out in the sixth, Chicago beating the Brewers to go up 2 1/2 games on Milwaukee atop the NL Central. The Astros beat the Cardinals 2-1.

All The Little Chicks With The Crimson Lips Say Cleveland Walks! Seattle reliever Rick White walked Kenny Lofton to force home the winning run as the Indians beat the Mariners 6-5, their sixth straight win.