Yankees hit 4 HRs, beat Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) - Vernon Wells doubled in the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees hit four solo homers in a 6-4 victory over the Orioles on Monday night, extending Baltimore's losing streak to six games.
New York trailed 4-3 in the ninth before Travis Hafner homered with one out on a 3-1 pitch from Jim Johnson, who has blown three straight save opportunities after converting a franchise-record 35 in a row. All 3 of those botched saves have come during Baltimore's current skid.
Hafner added an RBI single in the 10th inning for the Yankees, who have won 10 of 13 to move a season-high 12 games over .500 (28-16). The Yankees also improved to 19-0 when scoring first this season.
Robinson Cano hit his team-high 13th home run in the first inning for New York, David Adams clubbed his first major-league homer in the second and Lyle Overbay connected in the seventh.
A-Rod increases on-field work in injury rehab
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez started his third week of on-field work by adding defensive drills and hitting in a cage.
The 37-year-old, recuperating from left hip surgery on Jan. 16, fielded grounders and took 25 swings during a batting practice session in an indoor cage Monday at the Yankees' minor league complex.
A-Rod, who has been hitting off a tee and taking swings at underhand soft tosses, ran from pole to pole near the warning track four times.
New York expects A-Rod to return after the All-Star break.
Bruce homers to back Cueto in Reds' win over Mets
NEW YORK (AP) - Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in two runs to back Johnny Cueto's wild but effective return from the disabled list, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 4-3 Monday night.
Brandon Phillips had a two-run single for his first career hit off Shaun Marcum in 13 at-bats. Phillips also made two sparkling plays in the field to help the Reds bounce back from a stunning 3-2 loss to the Phillies in which closer Aroldis Chapman gave up two home runs.
Chapman, the Reds' fifth reliever, struck out two - one on a 99 mph fastball - in a perfect ninth for his ninth save. He had blown his two previous save chances.
Mets sign RHP David Aardsma to minor league deal
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets have signed right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract and assigned him AAA Las Vegas.
The former Seattle Mariners closer signed with New York on Monday after opting out of his minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA for AAA New Orleans.
The 31-year-old Aardsma missed all of 2011 when he had offseason hip surgery and then an elbow ligament replacement operation that July.
Aardsma signed with the Yankees before last season and made one appearance. He was cut on March 29. A 2003 first-round pick by San Francisco, Aardsma saved a combined 69 games for the Mariners in 2009-10. Overall, Aardsma is 13-15 with 69 saves and a 4.22 ERA in 255 games.
The Mets' bullpen has a 4.77 ERA, 29th in the major leagues.
Rangers looking for 2nd straight 0-2 comeback
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Don't judge the New York Rangers by the scores of their two losses to the Boston Bruins.
According to coach John Tortorella, the Rangers played much better in the Game 2 blowout than in their overtime defeat in the series opener.
The bottom line is this: for the second consecutive series, New York has dug an 0-2 hole on the road and will need to rebound quickly at Madison Square Garden if the club hopes to extend this postseason run.
Game 3 is Tuesday night.
Sabres re-sign John Scott to 1-year contract
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed rugged fourth-line forward John Scott to a 1-year contract.
Listed at 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds, Scott had no points and 69 penalty minutes in 34 games last season. The Sabres acquired Scott by signing him to a 1-year contract in free agency last summer to add size and grit to their roster.
He split the 2011-12 season with Chicago and the New York Rangers. He broke into the NHL in 2008-09, and played his first two seasons with the Minnesota.
Over five seasons, Scott has a goal and four assists and 305 penalty minutes in 180 career games.
The team announced the signing on Monday morning.
Knicks say they need time, not an overhaul
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Some of the players were old, though the New York Knicks say their team is young in its development.
So they feel they need time, not an overhaul, to get further next season.
Most of the ones who spoke Monday considered their first year together a good one, though Iman Shumpert said not reaching the Eastern Conference finals made it a failure. To have been a success, the Knicks would've needed to win Saturday at Indiana, then win a Game 7 that would've been played Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Instead, they were holding exit meetings at their training center, believing they're not far from being at the level of the Pacers or even Miami Heat, who open the East finals on Wednesday.
Magic try to follow Howard trade with lottery luck
NEW YORK (AP) - No team with the best odds has won the NBA's draft lottery since 2004, when the Orlando Magic took Dwight Howard.
After trading their center, they're looking for more lottery luck.
Armed with the best odds and with Pat Williams back on stage, the Magic will try to jump-start the rebuilding process Tuesday night by landing the rights to the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Williams, the Magic's longtime team executive, has won four times, including three with Orlando. He says he's got "a funny feeling that this could be another Magic year."
Orlando could use it after going 20-62 after trading Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers last August.
The Magic have a 25% chance to win the lottery.
AP source: Bills reach deal with rookie WR Woods
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - A person familiar with negotiations says the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to sign receiver Robert Woods, their second-round draft.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Monday morning because the team has not announced the move.
Buffalo selected Woods 41st overall out of Southern California last month. He was regarded as the most polished among the draft-eligible receiver prospects following a solid 3-year college career.
Woods set a school record with 252 career catches in 38 games. He also finished with 2,930 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns.
He will be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job opposite Stevie Johnson.
Bills DE Williams says texts taken out of context
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams denies ever contemplating suicide, and says private comments he made in text messages are being taken out of context by his ex-fiancee in a lawsuit over the possession of a $785,000 diamond engagement ring.
Calling himself "completely fine," Williams says he was "venting" his feelings to someone he thought he trusted.
Williams spoke after practice Monday, in his first chance to respond since Erin Marzouki's attorney released a series of texts the two exchanged in November. The texts portray Williams as being despondent over their breakup.
In one text, Williams writes: "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts."
Williams says he wrote that out of anger. He adds the decision to release the texts reveal Marzouki's true character.
SANDY RELIEF GOLF TOURNAMENT
MLB players to hold Sandy relief golf tournament
NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees pitcher David Robertson and Mets first baseman Ike Davis will help host a Long Island golf tournament to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
It will be held July 17 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, the course for the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open. The tournament is scheduled for the day after the All-Star game at Citi Field in New York.
Also taking part will be former major leaguers Ken Griffey Jr., Bobby Bonilla, Aaron Boone, Ron Darling, Al Leiter and Jeff Nelson.
The tournament is sponsored by the charitable foundation of the player's union. The foundation has contributed more than $175,000 to organizations providing assistance to storm victims.
COUNTRY CLUB AUCTION
Southern NJ country club auctioned off
(Information in the following story is from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), http://www.courierpostonline.com/ )
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) - A country club that fell on hard times has been tentatively sold at auction for $10.1 million.
The Marlton-based First Montgomery Group made the winning bid Monday for the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, beating out three other bidders. The club takes up 155 acres in the middle of 1 of Philadelphia's biggest and most affluent suburbs.
The sale now awaits a confirmation hearing scheduled for Friday in federal bankruptcy court in Camden. If the sale's approved, the deal could close by May 31.
The real estate firm's bid narrowly edged out a $10 million bid by a partnership headed by George Norcross, which wanted to keep Woodcrest as a golf course. The Democratic political powerbroker is an insurance executive and 1 of the owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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