Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) - Manny Machado led off the 10th inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Nick Hundley, giving the surging Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees last night.
It was the ninth win in 11 games for the AL East-leading Orioles, who extended their margin over third-place New York to five games. Baltimore has gone to extra innings in three of its last five games and won in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings.
Machado began the game-winning uprising with a liner into the right-field corner off Adam Warren (1-5). After Ryan Flaherty struck out, Hundley hit a liner into left-center that enabled Machado to score easily.
Wright, Duda power surging Mets past Marlins 7-1
NEW YORK (AP) - David Wright went 4 for 4 with a mammoth homer, Lucas Duda also hit a long two-run shot and the New York Mets rocked recent nemesis Henderson Alvarez in a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins last night.
Zack Wheeler shut down Miami again and Juan Lagares had three hits as the Mets improved to 6-2 on a 10-game homestand that takes them into the All-Star break.
Wheeler (5-8) pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and helped himself with an RBI double. He moved to 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five career starts against the Marlins.
Knicks waive Lamar Odom, re-sign Aldrich
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Knicks have waived veteran forward Lamar Odom and re-signed center Cole Aldrich.
Knicks President Phil Jackson signed Odom, who played for him in Los Angeles, at the end of last season. But the former Sixth Man of the Year never played a game for New York.
Jackson says Friday in a statement: "Unfortunately, Lamar was unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player. We found it necessary to free up the roster spot."
But the Knicks are keeping Aldrich, who averaged 2.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 46 games last season.
Yankees RHP Tanaka apologizes for being injured
BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka accepts his elbow injury as "a challenge" and vows to return soon to help the team win.
Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA after spending seven years in Japan's Pacific League.
Tanaka, who hopes to avoid surgery, issued a statement Friday that said "I want to apologize to the Yankees organization, my teammates and our fans for not being able to help during this time."
He added, "I accept this injury as a challenge, but I promise to do everything I can to overcome this setback and return to the mound as soon as possible."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the statement "shows you how much he loves the game and how much he loves pitching here."
Roberts on returns to Baltimore: 'It's crazy'
BALTIMORE (AP) - In his first year with the Baltimore Orioles, Brian Roberts played shortstop alongside third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the final year of what turned out to be a Hall of Fame career.
Now in his first season with the New York Yankees, Roberts is lining up next to shortstop Derek Jeter - who's putting the finishing touches on what appears to be a Hall of Fame career.
The 36-year-old Roberts returned to Baltimore on Friday for the first time since signing with the Yankees as a free agent in January. The move came after he played 13 injury-plagued seasons with the Orioles.
Roberts said before the game, "It's kind of a new chapter of life. I'm certainly excited to be back."
Yankees get LHP Francis in trade with Athletics
BALTIMORE (AP) - The New York Yankees have obtained left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named and cash.
The 33-year-old Francis was claimed off waivers by the A's from Cincinnati on May 18 and went 0-1 with his first career save and a 6.08 ERA in nine relief appearances with Oakland.
He was designated for assignment July 3 when Eric O'Flaherty was reinstated from the disabled list.
Francis is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 10 games this season and 70-80 with a 4.95 ERA in his career with Colorado, Kansas City, Cincinnati and Oakland.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Francis most likely will be used out of the bullpen initially but could eventually see time as a starter. He had not yet arrived in Baltimore prior to Friday's game against the Orioles.
In other moves, the Yankees recalled right-hander Matt Daley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated righty Jim Miller for assignment.
Parker and Ogwumike lead Sparks over Liberty 68-54
NEW YORK (AP) - Nneka Ogwumike scored 15 points and Jantel Lavender added 14 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 68-54 Friday night.
Candace Parker had 14 points for the Sparks (8-11), who are in the midst of a four-game road trip. They will play Connecticut on Sunday in a game that features a matchup between Nneka and her sister Chiney, who attended Friday night's game.
Tina Charles scored 20 points for New York (7-13), which has dropped two straight games after a successful homestand during which the Liberty won four of five.
Cappie Pondexter was held scoreless for the second time this season. She played only 18 minutes and missed all five of her shots.
Mets sign top draft pick, OF Michael Conforto
NEW YORK (AP) - First-round draft pick Michael Conforto has signed with the New York Mets.
The 21-year-old outfielder from Oregon State, selected 10th overall last month, receives a $2,970,800 bonus - the assigned value for his draft slot.
The team says Conforto will start his professional career with Class A Brooklyn in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Conforto batted .345 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 59 games this year during his junior season with the Beavers. He was the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season and the first three-time All-American in school history.
Conforto was introduced Friday at a Citi Field news conference and took batting practice on the field with the big league team before the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.
Report on potential Buffalo stadium sites delayed
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A report that had been anticipated Friday identifying potential sites for a new Buffalo Bills stadium is now expected at the end of the month.
A person familiar with the California firm commissioned by New York state cites the large volume of information for the delay. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
AECOM, a Los Angeles architectural and design firm, is expected to identify several sites across the region that could serve as the team's new home if a new stadium is needed.
The NFL team is for sale following the death of owner and founder Ralph Wilson in March.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said a new stadium may be important to keeping the franchise in western New York.
MLS suspends Red Bulls D Armando for 2 games
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Soccer has suspended Red Bulls defender Armando and Rapids forward Vicente Sanchez for two games apiece.
Armando and Sanchez also were fined Friday.
Armando was disciplined for "endangering the safety of an opponent" in the 94th minute of New York's 2-2 tie at Houston on July 4. Armando's appeal through the players' union was denied.
MLS says that Sanchez was punished for "serious foul play which endangered the safety of an opponent" in the 78th minute of Colorado's 1-1 draw against Columbus on July 4.
TICKY BURDEN-HEART DISEASE
Ex-Knick Ticky Burden has rare heart disease
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former New York Knicks guard Luther "Ticky" Burden has a rare heart disease and is being treated at a Manhattan hospital.
The 61-year-old Burden has ATTR amyloidosis, a disease that causes the body's immune system to produce abnormal forms of antibodies. Dr. Mathew Maurer is treating Burden and says the ex-player has been "ravaged."
A fundraiser is to be held in Burden's hometown of Albany on July 25.
Burden starred in college at Utah and signed with the Virginia Squires of the ABA in 1975. He joined the Knicks the following year when the league merged with the NBA. He was a reserve for two seasons before retiring.
He was later linked to a bank robbery on Long Island and served two years in prison.
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