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Bosox beat Bombers again...Phillies outlast Mets

(AP) - Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) did all he could to prevent the New York Yankees from absorbing another loss to the Boston Red Sox last night. It wasn't enough.

The Red Sox are 7-0 versus the Bombers this year after Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis (YOO'-kih-lihs) homered in a 6-5 win at Fenway Park. Lowell went deep off Chien-Ming Wang (chehn-ming wahng), who was reached for four runs and six hits in just 2 2-3 innings.

Tim Wakefield pitched six innings and improved to 5-0 at Fenway to help the Red Sox move a game ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.

New York fell despite Teixeira, who belted his league-leading 19th home run while going 4 for 5.

CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) will try to end the Yankees' season-long losing skid against Boston when he opposes Brad Penny on Thursday.

Also in the American League, Justin Verlander was outstanding in his first victory ever at U.S. Cellular Field, firing a six-hitter with nine strikeouts in Detroit's 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Verlander is 7-0 with a league-best 1.10 ERA since April 27.

Homers by Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar (EYE'-bahr) powered Tampa Bay past the Los Angeles Angels 9-5, halting the Rays' 3-game skid. Aybar also laced an RBI single during a five-run second off Angels starter John Lackey.

Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer and a solo blast in Seattle's 4-1 win at Baltimore. Felix Hernandez improved to 4-0 lifetime at Camden Yards by holding the Orioles to a run and seven hits in seven innings.

Gil Meche (mehsh) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts while scattering four hits over seven innings of Kansas City's 9-0 pounding of Cleveland. Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) tied a career mark with four hits, including a grand slam that came an inning after Jose Guillen (gee-EHN') and Miguel Olivo (oh-LEE'-voh) belted two-run homers.

Delmon Young ignited a three-run ninth with an RBI single as Minnesota doubled up Oakland 6-3. The A's led 3-2 until pinch-hitter Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul) slammed a solo homer in the eighth.

Toronto's game at Texas has been postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 1.

Over to the National League, where Kevin Correia (koh-RAY'-uh) and the San Diego Padres cooled off the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Correia capped his six-inning performance by retiring his final 15 batters as the Padres topped the Dodgers 3-1. Correia held L.A. to a run on three hits and no walks.

The outcome drops the Dodgers' major league-leading record to 40-21.

The Philadelphia Phillies stretched their lead in the East by outlasting the New York Mets 5-4 in 11 innings. The Phillies tied it with a three-run seventh and took their first lead of the game on Chase Utley's second homer of the game, a leadoff blast in the eleventh.

Alex Cora had two RBIs for the Mets, who stranded 16 runners in falling three games behind the Phils.

In other NL action:

Colorado has a 7-game winning streak after Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) and Brad Hawpe (hawp) homered in a 4-2 triumph at Milwaukee. Winning pitcher Jorge De La Rosa entered the game 1-6 with a 5.28 ERA before holding the Brewers to two runs and four hits while striking out eight in six innings.

Bengie Molina launched a two-run homer and had three RBIs in San Francisco's 6-4 victory at Arizona. The Giants scored three unearned runs on three errors by the Diamondbacks, who also committed three miscues on Tuesday.

Colby Rasmus ripped a three-run homer and St. Louis snapped a 5-game losing streak by crushing Florida 13-4. Brenden Ryan went 4 for 4 and Rick Ankiel finished a single shy of the cycle as part of the Cardinals' 18-hit assault.

Houston pulled out a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Geoff Blum's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. The Cubs lost despite Carlos Zambrano, who allowed a run and only three hits in eight innings.

Adam LaRoche had two RBIs and Pittsburgh ended a 3-game skid by nipping Atlanta 3-2. Charlie Morton made his Pirates debut against his former team but lasted just one inning because of a tight left hamstring.

Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes (gohmz) doubled home the tiebreaking run with two outs in the top of the 12th to help Cincinnati beat Washington 4-2. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run as the Reds won after blowing a 2-0 lead in the ninth.

Strasburg's rep ready to negotiate with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) - Agent Scott Boras says No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg is "a different breed of cat," worthy of a contract far above those of this year's other draft selections.

Boras says there's a substantial risk in giving big money to 99% of the draftees. But the agent placed the right-hander from San Diego State among the "premium" one percent that have a better track record of major league success.

Strasburg was chosen Tuesday by the Washington Nationals, who must sign Strasburg by Aug. 15 to retain his rights. Boras is expected to ask for a record-shattering deal.

Strasburg says he plans to relax for a little bit after throwing more than 100 innings this season for the Aztecs.

Tippett reportedly fired

DALLAS (AP) - Dave Tippett has become the latest NHL head coach to be shown the door since the end of the season.

A source tells The Associated Press the Dallas Stars have fired Tippett after six seasons. Canadian sports network TSN originally broke the story, quoting unidentified sources as saying the Stars had asked for permission to talk to former Los Angeles and Vancouver coach Marc Crawford. The report of the firing comes on the heels of the Stars' hiring of Joe Nieuwendyk (NOO'-ehn-dyk) as general manager last month.

A Dallas Stars spokesman says in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that the Stars had nothing to release at this time.

Brief appearance by Penguins' Sykora

PITTSBURGH (AP) - It appears the Pittsburgh Penguins will be without forward Petr Sykora (sih-KOHR'-uh) when they take on the Red Wings in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals at Detroit.

Sykora injured his right foot during the Pens' 2-1 win over the Wings in Game 6 Tuesday night, his first playing time since Game 2 of the conference semifinals against Washington over a month ago. He was seen leaving Mellon Arena on crutches Wednesday with a brace on his right foot and ankle.

The Penguins did not comment about Sykora's status for Friday.

Miroslav Satan (shih-TAN') will likely replace Sykora after sitting out Game 6.

Molson wants the Habs

MONTREAL (AP) - Hockey's most storied franchise could change hands very soon.

Three Molson brothers confirmed Wednesday they have made an offer to buy the Montreal Canadiens, the Gillett Entertainment Centre and the Bell Centre.

Geoff, Andrew and Justin Molson say the bid was delivered to George Gillett, who owns the Bell Centre and about 80 per cent of the National Hockey League team.

Molson Coors already owns a 20 per cent stake in the franchise.

Jets sign top pick

(AP) - Mark Sanchez has accepted his first NFL contract.

The New York Jets have worked out a 5-year contract with the former Southern California quarterback, who was the fifth overall pick in this year's draft.

The package is worth a guaranteed $28 million, and his agent says Sanchez could earn as much as $60 with incentives.

Sanchez and Kellen Clemens are competing for the Jets' starting job following Brett Favre's (fahrvz) retirement.

Speaking of Favre, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress says he never set a deadline of this week for Favre to decide whether to play for the Vikings. Childress called local sports radio station KFAN on his way to work yesterday. He wouldn't confirm if the team will continue to pursue Favre this summer, but acknowledged he's eager to see what the quarterback has "left in that can" following recent reported surgery on his throwing arm.

Nose tackle Vince Wilfork is practicing again with the New England Patriots.

Wilfork attended the first day of the team's mandatory 3-day minicamp yesterday after skipping all 12 days of voluntary organized team activities.

He missed those workouts to emphasize his desire for a new contract to replace the 6-year deal that ends after this season.

And former Michigan and Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma (REE'-muhrz-muh) has designs on Congress. The Grand Rapids Press reports Riemersma has filed paperwork to run for U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra's (HUK'-struhz) 2nd District seat in southwestern Michigan. Hoekstra is a Republican who has announced his candidacy for governor in 2010.

Ex-Illinois standout arrested

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say former University of Illinois basketball standout and 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Williams has been arrested on drug charges.

Williams and his brother, Aaron, were taken into custody yesterday after agents for the Multi-County Enforcement Group executed a search warrant at a Peoria, Illinois, home. Agents seized 78 grams of marijuana, a digital scale and a .40 caliber handgun.

Frank Williams is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Aaron Williams is charged with unlawful possession and not having a firearm ID card.

Emotional Mickelson looking to get back in a groove

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - Phil Mickelson makes his return to competition at the St. Jude Classic outside of Memphis today, three weeks after suspending his schedule when wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The second-ranked Mickelson is preparing for next week's U.S. Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

Mickelson's voice cracked at times yesterday while talking about his wife. He says cancer was discovered early enough that she won't have to rush into surgery, which he says will be the first week of July.

Osborne will remain Cornhuskers' AD

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Former coach Tom Osborne is sticking around at Nebraska.

The university announced Wednesday that Osborne has agreed to remain the Cornhuskers' athletic director.

The 72-year-old former Nebraska congressman had indicated he would step down when his current contract expires in summer 2010.

Osborne became athletic director in 2007 on an interim basis after Steve Pederson was fired. The interim tag was removed a few months later after Osborne hired football coach Bo Pelini.

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