The Little League champions came to Yankee Stadium yesterday to meet the World Series champions.

The Yankees honored the two finalists from the Little League World Series before their 11-5 win over the Mariners.

The champions from Osaka, Japan, and the runners-up from Phenix City, Ala., took part in a pregame ceremony one day after the Japanese team beat Phenix City, 5-0.

Each of the youngsters ran onto the field with a Yankee to take their respective positions for the national anthem.

The young players received T-shirts, caps and other gifts from the Yankees, and got to meet some players before the game, including pitchers David Cone and Hideki Irabu. The teams then watched the game in a suite. . . .

Yankees 3B Scott Brosius returned to Oregon to be with his father, who has colon cancer. C Jim Leyritz made his second start at third base this season.

McGRIFF'S SHOT: Devil Rays' Fred McGriff is within one homer of joining teammate Jose Canseco as the only major leaguers to have 30-homer seasons with four teams.

TO THE DOGS: The White Sox's annual Dog Days of August promotion brought 500 canines to the game. Among those in the mix that took a pregame walk around the field were tiny Mitzi, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier weighing 2 1/2 pounds, and Shep, a Black Lab owned by White Sox reliever Keith Foulke. Shep wore his master's No. 29 and the two posed for photographs together in front of the dugout. Shep and others were offered doggie ice cream as part of their pregame snack and then took their seats in the right-center field bleachers.