Gardner homers, Yankees beat Rays 9-4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix each drove in two runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Friday night.
Gardner made it 5-0 with a two-run homer off Roberto Hernandez (2-5) during the fourth. The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the second on Overbay's two-run double and an RBI single by Nix.
David Phelps (3-2), who retired his first 13 batters before James Loney hit a one-out double in the fifth, allowed four runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He left in the eighth after it appeared he was hit on the right arm by a drive up the middle by Ben Zobrist.
New York right fielder Curtis Granderson broke the knuckle of his left pinkie finger after getting hit by Cesar Ramos' pitch in the fifth. After later scoring, he was replaced defensively by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the inning.
X-rays at the ballpark discovered the break.
Braves-Mets suspended, game to resume Saturday
NEW YORK (AP) - Evan Gattis had a two-run, pinch-hit single in the top of the eighth, then the Mets rallied to tie it in a downpour in the bottom half before the Atlanta Braves and New York were suspended by rain with the score 5-5 Friday night.
The teams will resume play with none out in the top of the ninth inning on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. The regularly scheduled game is set to start 7:15 p.m.
With rain starting to fall heavily, Gattis put Atlanta up 5-3 with a bases-loaded single off Greg Burke. The Mets tied it in a wet and wild bottom half, taking advantage of center fielder B.J. Upton's error on Daniel Murphy's RBI single and scoring on a wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro.
The game was suspended after a 75-minute delay.
Granderson hit by pitch, later leaves game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson was hit in the left arm by a pitch and later left the game.
Granderson was hit by Cesar Ramos' pitch in the fifth inning of Friday night's game against Tampa Bay and at first stayed in the game. He later scored, but was replaced defensively by Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the inning.
No other information about Granderson's departure was immediately available.
Granderson missed the first 38 games this season with a broken right forearm, the result of a hit by pitch in his first at-bat at spring training.
Teixeira expects to play in minors Wednesday
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira says he expects to play in a minor-league game Wednesday with AA Trenton.
It will be his first game since hurting his right wrist in early March while preparing with the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic.
Manager Joe Girardi watched while the All-Star took part in an extensive simulated game with infielder Kevin Youkilis at the Yankees' minor-league complex on Friday. Youkilis is sidelined with a sore back.
Teixeira may be ready to rejoin the Yankees in early June. Youkilis looks to start a minor-league rehab assignment soon.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain, sidelined by a right oblique strain, says he's scheduled to throw two innings out of the bullpen Saturday in his second extended spring training game.
AP Source: Jets RB Goodson to practice Tuesday
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation tells the Associated Press that Jets running back Mike Goodson is expected to return to practice Tuesday despite his legal troubles.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the team hasn't announced anything regarding Goodson's status. He missed the Jets' first three Organized Team Activity practices this week after being arrested last Friday on multiple charges of drug and weapons possession. He offered a plea of not guilty to all charges Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.
The Jets' next OTA will be Tuesday. It will be the fourth of 10 voluntary practices this spring.
Goodson has also played for Oakland and Carolina in his four NFL seasons, and has 722 career yards rushing.
Refocused Rask ready for Rangers, Game 5
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask says he won't dwell too much on his comical mistake in Game 4 against the Rangers that helped New York get back into the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Rask tripped in the crease, fell down and then whiffed on the puck, allowing the Rangers to cut a 2-0 lead to a one-goal deficit. The game eventually went to overtime, and Chris Kreider scored 7:03 into the extra period to give New York a 4-3 victory that cut Boston's led to 3-1.
Rask says the goal gave the Rangers momentum.
The Bruins have another chance to clinch on Saturday in Game 5 at Boston's TD Garden.
NYC lawsuit alleging Favre sent racy texts settled
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City lawyer for two massage therapists who sued retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre (farv) over claims he sent racy text messages says the case has been settled.
Lawyer David Jaroslawicz (yahr-oh-SLAH'-vihk) wouldn't comment Friday on the terms of the settlement.
Massage therapists Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole said Favre sent sexually suggestive texts to another therapist when he was with the New York Jets in 2008. The women said they lost their part-time jobs with the Jets after they complained about the texts. They sought unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets and a team massage coordinator.
Favre has denied the allegations and argued if the therapists lost work he wasn't responsible for it.
A lawyer for the Jets hasn't responded to a call seeking comment.
Favre also played for Atlanta, Green Bay and Minnesota.
Surging Syracuse set to shoot for national title
Syracuse meets fourth-seeded Denver on Saturday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament. It's the first time the Orange seniors have made the Final Four.
Syracuse (15-3), which earned the top seed with a strong finish to a season that so far has included a school-record nine one-goal games, made it 6-3 in those close affairs with a stirring 7-6 comeback triumph over Ivy League-champion Yale in the quarterfinals last week.
Unseeded and surging Cornell (14-3), playing its best lacrosse of the season, will play No. 7 Duke (14-5) in the other semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, home of the NFL's Eagles.
N. Carolina beats Northwestern in lacrosse semis
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Kara Cannizzaro scored four goals in the second half to help third-seeded North Carolina beat 2-time defending national champion Northwestern 11-4 on Friday in the NCAA women's lacrosse semifinals.
Abbey Friend added three goals for the Tar Heels (17-3). North Carolina will play top-seeded Maryland or No. 4 Syracuse in the final Sunday.
Kat DeRonda had a goal and assist for second-seeded Northwestern (19-3). The Wildcats had won 7 of the last eight NCAA titles, but lost to North Carolina for the second time this season.
In North Carolina's only other appearance in the final, the Tar Heels lost to Northwestern 21-9 in 2009.
A-Rod sells Miami Beach home for $30M
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has sold his Miami Beach home for $30 million.
A-Rod's business partner, Jose More, confirmed that the sale closed Friday.
Rodriguez bought the 54,000-square-foot piece of waterfront land for $7.4 million in 2010. Using his own construction company, Newport Property Construction, he spent another $7.6 million building a nearly-20,000-square-foot mansion.
The sale - 1 of the highest ever in Miami-Dade County - will earn Rodriguez a $15 million profit.
More says Rodriguez decided to sell because the buyer, who More wouldn't name, made A-Rod an offer he simply could not refuse. More says Rodriguez also loves the design process and is already planning to buy another home in South Florida with a little more privacy.
A-Rod is recovering from surgery on his left hip.
Saratoga marks 150 years of thoroughbred racing
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Saratoga Springs' racetrack opened a month after the Battle of Gettysburg and it's still going strong as it marks its 150th anniversary this summer.
The track is the centerpiece attraction in a town that's also known for mineral springs, Victorian charm and upscale hotels, shops and restaurants.
The first horse races were held there Aug. 3, 1863. Over the next 150 years, Saratoga's racing season became part of America's sporting and cultural fabric, attracting everyone from blue-bloods to gangsters. It remains America's most successful racetrack and oldest sports venue. It draws visitors from around the world to catch the races while soaking up the city's other charms.
The 150th anniversary is being marked with events including concerts, exhibits and festivals. The racing season begins July 19 and end Labor Day.
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