Kuroda leads Yankees over Blue Jays 5-0
NEW YORK (AP) - Hiroki Kuroda pitched two-hit ball for eight dominant innings and the New York Yankees again beat Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0 on Friday night.
Austin Romine and Brett Gardner had run-scoring hits, Robinson Cano hit an RBI grounder and Jayson Nix had two sacrifice flies in dropping Buehrle to 1-10 in 15 starts against the Yankees. The left-hander hasn't beaten New York since April 10, 2004, when he was with the Chicago White Sox.
The AL East-leading Yankees defeated last-place Toronto for the fifth straight time this season in New York and for the seventh time in eight games overall.
Kuroda (6-2) struck out five and walked one in cooling off a club that had scored 33 runs in its previous three games and had won a season-high four in a row.
Harvey improves to 5-0, leads Mets over Cubs 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) - Matt Harvey won his fifth straight decision, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings and singling in the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday.
Daniel Murphy and David Wright homered for the Mets, and right fielder Marlon Byrd preserved the lead by throwing out a runner at the plate in the eighth inning. The Mets won consecutive games for the first time since May 1 and 3.
Harvey (5-0) won his first four starts of the year, then failed to get a decision in his next four starts.
Yankees put LHP Andy Pettitte on 15-day DL
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is being put on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back.
General manager Brian Cashman said Friday New York is playing it safe with its 40-year-old left-hander, who becomes the Yankees' 13th player to go on the DL this year.
Vidal Nuno is being recalled from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will move into a rotation already missing Ivan Nova.
Pettitte feels sore but thinks that is from the severe spasms he experienced Thursday night against Seattle. He expects to return as soon as he is eligible.
The Yankees did not place catcher Chris Stewart on the DL after he injured a groin Thursday night. An MRI was negative and Stewart said he was feeling much better.
Jets RB Goodson facing drug, weapons charges
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after a New Jersey traffic stop.
The Jets say they are aware of the arrest and are gathering information.
State police say Goodson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Garant Evans of Roselle. Police found them stopped on Interstate 80 in Denville at about 3:15 a.m. Friday.
Sgt. Adam Grossman says both men were charged with marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and weapons offenses stemming from a handgun found in the vehicle.
Evans is charged with DWI and another weapons offense.
Both men are held pending transfer to the Morris County jail.
Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a 3-year deal this offseason.
Pacers not talking about changes, Hill's status
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Pacers don't know whether George Hill will play Saturday night in Game 6 against New York.
It's not something they can worry about.
Instead, coach Frank Vogel is tweaking lineups and making adjustments just in case Hill can't pass his concussion tests before tip-off, and the Knicks are preparing as if Indiana will have its starting point guard back in the lineup.
NBA rules require players to feel symptom-free at rest and symptom-free when they are under exertion, too, before a team doctor can determine that the player is ready to return from a head injury.
With Hill, the Pacers took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Without him Thursday night, the Knicks kept their playoff hopes alive with an 85-75 win at Madison Square Garden.
Bruins' back line boosted by rookie defensemen
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins have three rookie defensemen in the lineup for the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
It's not because they want to.
It's because they have to.
Dougie Hamilton has been with the Bruins the whole season, but Matt Bartkowski shuttled up and down from the Bruins' AHL affiliate in Providence, playing 11 games for the NHL club. And Torey Krug played just one game for Boston in the lockout-shortened season.
But they're all playing a big role because of injuries to veteran defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference. Krug scored the game-tying goal - assisted by Hamilton - with 2:55 remaining in regulation, and the Bruins won it in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Game 2 is Sunday in Boston.
Islanders re-sign Eric Boulton
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Forward Eric Boulton re-signed with the New York Islanders on Friday, agreeing to a 1-year contract.
The 36-year-old Boulton had 36 penalty minutes in 15 games this season for New York. He has 27 goals, 46 assists and 1,301 penalty minutes in 615 career NHL games with Buffalo, Atlanta, New Jersey and the Islanders.
Notmyfirstime wins Belmont feature
NEW YORK (AP) - Junior Alvarado guided Notmyfirstime to a one-length victory over Coolusive in the $68,400 allowance feature Friday at Belmont Park.
The 4-5 favorite trained by Steve Asmussen engaged in a prolonged duel with Shock'emagain until that rival fell in the stretch, sustaining a fatal breakdown. Jockey Luis Saez wasn't injured in the spill.
The time was 1:08.59 for six furlongs.
Notmyfirstime, a 4-year-old colt making his first start since July at Saratoga, extended his winning streak to four. He paid $3.80, $2.70 and $2.10.
Coolusive returned $2.80 and $2.20, and Irish Lion paid $2.80 to show.
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