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The lead story: Break up the Yankees. They’ve won two games in a row now, and they beat Max Scherzer to do so. The Bombers beat the Mets, 4-2, on Monday night in the Bronx behind Aaron Judge’s 47th home run and another strong day from Andrew Benintendi. Now they will try to split the 2022 Subway Series at two games each (pending October) when Frankie Montas takes on Taijuan Walker on Tuesday.

The sidebars: The Jets held out their regulars (including interim starting quarterback Joe Flacco) and still managed a 24-16 preseason game win over the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. And the Knicks remain in pursuit of a blockbuster deal with the Jazz for Donovan Mitchell, with trade talks expected to pick up soon.

The standings: The Yankees (75-48) have an eight-game lead on the Rays in the AL East. The lead is even games in the loss column. Their lead for the AL’s No. 2 seed is 9.5 games over the Guardians (eight in the loss column).

The Mets (79-45) have a three-game lead on the Braves in the NL East. The edge is the same in the standings and in the loss column. The Mets also have an 7.5-game lead on the Cardinals for the NL’s No. 2 seed (six games in the loss column).

The schedule: The Mets and Yankees will conclude the Subway Series at 7:05 p.m. (Amazon Prime, SNY, TBS) at Yankee Stadium. The Liberty will play the Sky in Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs first round at 9 p.m. in Brooklyn (ESPN).

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James Kratch can be reached at james.kratch@xlmedia.com

James Kratch is the managing editor of ESNY. He previously worked as a Rutgers and Giants (and Mike Francesa) beat reporter for NJ Advance Media.