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Red Sox win 5-1 after Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected

BOSTON (AP) - Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Wednesday night.

The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest.

John Lackey (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Koji Uehara struck out three in the ninth in a non-save situation.

Mike Napoli had three hits and Boston scored two runs in the first and two more in the third. The Yankees scored on Alfonso Soriano's sacrifice fly in the sixth.


Girardi doesn't expect fine for pushing camera

BOSTON (AP) - New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he doesn't expect to be fined for pushing a television camera to keep it from aiming into the tunnel between the team's dugout and clubhouse.

Girardi pushed the camera at the corner of his dugout after pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning for having pine tar on the right side of his neck. The Boston Red Sox went on to win 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Girardi says cameras are not permitted to show scenes in the tunnel. And he says he'll have "a real problem" if he is fined. "I didn't do anything to hurt the camera."

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz says the network plans to review the situation with Major League Baseball.


Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) - Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.

Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call, which was upheld following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed catcher Travis d'Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag near his armpit.

Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one - but it was that sort of night.


Wright-Phillips leads Red Bulls past Dynamo 4-0

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice in the first 24 minutes and added a second-half penalty kick to give the New York Red Bulls their second straight victory, 4-0 over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

Wright-Phillips, who scored one goal in seven games after joining New York in August, was the first Red Bulls player to record three goals in a match since Thierry Henry in March 2012 against Montreal.

The win earned New York some measure of revenge against Houston, which beat the Red Bulls in Harrison last November to eliminate them from the playoffs.

Henry had the other goal for the Red Bulls, who were winless in their first six games but improved to 10 points and within one of Eastern Conference leaders Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew.

Houston is winless in its last five.


Kidd not worried about Pierce matchup vs Raptors

NEW YORK (AP) - Jason Kidd never appears worries about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce.

Even if Pierce's matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto's favor in Game 2.

Pierce nearly had as many fouls as points. He couldn't get his shot to fall, couldn't keep his man off the boards, and the Raptors targeted the Pierce matchup as one they could exploit.

The veteran forward was 2 for 11 for seven points in Toronto's 100-95 victory Monday that evened the series at one game apiece.

Yet Kidd is not concerned as his Brooklyn Nets prepare to host the Raptors in Game 3 of their first-round series Friday night.

The Nets coach said Wednesday that Pierce is "doing every right," adding that "Paul, I think, has had two good games."


Jackson seeking a coach, says it won't be him

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.

Phil Jackson won't be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.

Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won't be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should.

But Jackson says his body isn't up to doing the job. He retired from coaching in 2011 after winning an NBA-record 11 titles.

So the new team president says he's looking for a leader with the personality and charisma to succeed in New York. He hopes to talk with Steve Kerr, the TNT analyst frequently mentioned as the leading candidate, sometime within the next month.


Jets returning to SUNY Cortland for training camp

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets will hold training camp at SUNY Cortland, returning to central New York for the fifth time in the last six years.

The Jets made the announcement Wednesday. Teams can begin camp 15 days before their first preseason game. That means New York can start as early as July 23, with its opener Aug. 7 at home against Indianapolis.

The team trains on the school's campus, located about three hours from the Jets' facility in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets have practiced there each summer of Rex Ryan's tenure, except for 2011 after the NFL lockout.

Ryan favors having his teams travel for camp as a way to build camaraderie in the offseason.


Report: Jacobs have had discussions about Bills

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The son of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs Sr. has told The Buffalo News his family has had discussions involving the Buffalo Bills, but adds it's premature to say whether it will make an attempt to buy the team.

In a story posted on the newspaper's website Wednesday night, Jeremy Jacobs Jr. says his family is using its resources and contacts to ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo. He says the family has been in contact with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jacobs' comments were the first made by any family member expressing interest in the team. Bills owner Ralph Wilson died last month.

The Jacobs are from Buffalo and own Delaware North food service company, which has its headquarters in the city.


Bills internally addressing Marrone website error

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills are internally addressing how an unfinished story about coach Doug Marrone having cancer was posted on the team's website.

The Bills released a statement on Wednesday, describing the posting as "an unfortunate situation" and saying they're looking into how it occurred.

The unfinished story was posted Tuesday night and said Marrone had been "diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER." The story was removed after The Buffalo News drew attention to it in a story published on the newspaper's website.

A few hours later, the Bills issued a statement from Marrone saying he had a cancerous mole removed and will have his moles checked every three months. Marrone said it will not impact his ability to coach.


Bills to issue store credits to end text claim

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills are going pay up for oversharing.

The team has reached a settlement with fans who say the team sent them too many texts, agreeing to issue debit cards for the Bills store worth $58 to $75 each.

Along with the $2.5 million worth of cards, the Bills will pay $562,000 in legal fees under terms of a class action settlement approved by a federal court in Florida last week.

Bills fan Jerry Wojcik brought the case in 2012 after signing up to get Bills alerts on his cellphone. He says the Bills routinely exceeded the promised limit of five messages per week, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

A statement from the Bills says the team maintains its program complied with the law.


Sinatra wins Big A feature

NEW YORK (AP) - Sinatra beat Vinny Goodtimes by a half-length Wednesday in the $69,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct.

Second for most of the race, Sinatra prevailed in the deep stretch for his third win in eight starts. Ridden by Rajiv Maragh and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, the 5-year-old gelding ran 1 1/16 miles on the turf in 1:44.07.

Sinatra paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.90. Vinny Goodtimes returned $4 and $4.40, and Lots of Love Mom paid $7.70 to show.


2 ex-college football players charged with assault

BOSTON (AP) - Two former college football players have been charged with beating a Boston homeless man unconscious.

Craig Parsons is a Boston College senior from Newton, and Anthony Varrichione is from Medway and graduated from Marist College in New York after playing quarterback there.

They were charged Wednesday with kicking and punching a 50-year-old man in the early morning of Jan. 26 in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

Their attorneys say the men are good kids, are from good families and were wrongfully identified.

A spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney says the victim was hospitalized for three days. He says the charges stem from a grand jury investigation in which multiple witnesses identified Parsons and Varrichione.

The suspects went to high school together in Massachusetts. Parsons was suspended and barred from campus before graduation.

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