Yankees embarrass Mets again...Wakefield wins 10th
(AP) - The Mets have had trouble hitting home runs at Citi Field, belting just 26 in 38 games. Now they're having trouble just producing base hits at the new ballpark.
A.J. Burnett combined with two relievers on a one-hitter as the Yankees blanked the Mets 5-0 at Citi Field. Burnett had a no-hitter until Alex Cora led off the sixth with a single, one night after the Mets collected just three hits against CC Sabathia (sah-BATH'-ee-uh) and the Yankee bullpen.
Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada homered for the Bombers, who have outscored the Mets 30-1 over their last three meetings. The Yankees have smacked four homers in the first two games of the series, matching the Mets' entire hit total.
Also in the majors Saturday, Tim Wakefield is 10-3 after pitching six scoreless innings to lead Boston past the Braves 1-0 in Atlanta. Mark Kotsay singled home the game's only run in the sixth inning to support Wakefield, who tied Roger Clemens' record for the most career starts by a Red Sox pitcher at 382.
Rookie right-hander Felipe Paulino allowed three hits while striking out nine over seven innings of Houston's 8-1 rout of Detroit. Lance Berkman hit a two-run double and Kaz Matsui added a two-run homer while the Astros were scoring five times in the third inning of their third straight win.
Gordon Beckham's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Chicago White Sox an 8-7 win over the Cubs. Scott Podsednik (pahd-SEHD'-nik) homered and drove in three runs while tying a career-high with four hits in the White Sox's fifth win in seven games.
Albert Pujols (POO'-hohls) hit a pair of 2-run homers and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded 10-game winner Kevin Slowey in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Pujols leads the majors with 28 homers and 74 RBIs after his 29th career multihomer game, sixth this season and second in six days.
Prince Fielder was the hitting star in Milwaukee's 7-6 comeback win over the Giants, belting a three-run homer and delivering a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. The Brewers trailed 6-4 in the ninth until Corey Hart and J.J. Hardy hit consecutive RBI singles.
Homers by Brad Hawpe (hawp), Ian Stewart, Clint Barmes (BAHR'-mehs) and Seth Smith powered Colorado to an 11-2 lead in an 11-9 win at Oakland. Hawpe set the tone with his 100th major league home run, a two-run blast in the first inning of the Rockies' 19th victory in 22 games.
Felix Hernandez led Seattle to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers by holding L.A. to an unearned run and four hits while striking out nine in eight innings. Ken Griffey Jr. slammed a two-run homer and Russell Branyan added a solo shot and an RBI triple.
J.A. Happ pitched a five-hit shutout and Jayson Werth homered twice as Philadelphia beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-0. Werth had four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Phillies won for only the second time in their last 11 games.
Willy Aybar (EYE'-bahr) lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to push Tampa Bay past Florida 3-2. Carlos Pena smacked his AL-leading 23rd home run, and Scott Kazmir gave up two runs over five innings in his first start since May 20.
Mike Napoli's solo homer in the ninth was the difference as the Los Angeles Angels topped Arizona 2-1. The Angels have won four straight and 11 of 14 to take a half-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
Rookie Kyle Blanks collected his first three major league RBIs and San Diego had a season-high 16 hits in a 7-3 win at Texas. Kevin Correia struck out a career-high nine in seven innings, his fifth straight start of at least six innings.
Jay Bruce's 18th homer sparked a four-run second before Cincinnati completed a 7-3 win at Cleveland. Homer Bailey gave up three runs and three hits in five innings en route to his first major-league win since September 2007.
Pittsburgh rode Delwyn Young's three-run homer and four RBIs to a 6-2 triumph against Kansas City. Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm) pitched the Pirates to their fourth straight win, holding the Royals to two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Nolan Reimold hit a three-run homer to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning of a 6-3 triumph over Washington. Gregg Zaun and Aubrey Huff belted solo shots to help the Orioles improve to 4-1 against the Nationals this year.
Redbirds get DeRosa from Tribe
CLEVELAND (AP) - Mark DeRosa is back in the National League Central.
The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired the infielder from Cleveland for reliever Chris Perez and a player to be named. DeRosa is hitting .277 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs this season after helping the Chicago Cubs win the 2008 NL Central title.
Perez is 1-1 with one save and a 4.18 ERA in 29 appearances.
High seeds win
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Top-ranked Dinara Safina (din-NAH'-ruh sah-FEE'-nah) has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time by defeating Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 7-5, 6-1. Safina had lost in the third round on three previous occasions at The All England Club and is still looking for her first Grand Slam title.
Venus Williams has powered her way into the second week of Wimbledon, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-0, 6-4 to reach the fourth round. Williams is trying to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win three consecutive titles at the All England Club.
French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova (svet-LAH'-nah kooz-NET'-so-vah) has been eliminated in the third round, losing 6-2, 7-5 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. The 19-year-old Lisicki broke Kuznetsova five times to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career.
She will play ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, 6-2, 6-2.
Seventeen-year-old American Melanie Oudin (oo-DAN') has made her way into the fourth round. The qualifier from Marietta, Ga., pulled the biggest upset of the first week by beating former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch), 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2.
In men's play, third-seed Andy Murray defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and Andy Roddick has advanced to the fourth round by beating Jurgen (YER-gin) Melzer, 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3. But 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez and No. 11 Milan Cilic dropped their third-round matches in five sets. Gonzalez fell to Juan Carlos Ferrero and Tommy Haas earned a marathon win over Cilic 10-8 in the fifth set.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - 10-time All-Star Teemu Selanne (TAY'-moo suh-LAH'-nee) has decided to play another season with the Anaheim Ducks. The Finnish-born Selanne is the Ducks' all-time scoring leader with 352 goals, including 59 game-winners, and 743 points. Anaheim was eliminated by Detroit in the second round of this season's playoffs.
Flames land defenseman
MONTREAL (AP) - The Calgary Flames have acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (BOH'-mees-tur) from Florida just four days before he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. The Flames sent the Panthers defenseman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick in the NHL entry draft to complete the deal.
Goydos surges ahead
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Paul Goydos (GOY'-dohs) is the leader through three rounds of the PGA's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
He birdied five holes on the back nine to turn a three-shot deficit into a one-shot lead over second-round leader Kenny Perry. Goydos is at 16-under for the tournament following a 7-under 63.
David Toms was two shots back and one ahead of John Merrick and Casey Wittenberg.
Shin hangs on
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Jiyai Shin has the lead after three rounds of the Wegmans LPGA event in Pittsford, N.Y. She completed the round with a 5-under-67 and stands 16-under. Morgan Pressel (PRES'-ul) is four shots back, with Stacy Lewis five off the pace.
Funk has lead
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) - Fred Funk shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour Dick's Sporting Goods Open. Funk began the day with a two-shot lead after an opening 64.
Ronnie Black and defending champion Eduardo Romero each had 9-under 63s for the best rounds of the day. They were tied for second with Lonnie Nielsen.
Dixon beats teammate and pole-sitter Franchitti at Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Scott Dixon is the winner of the IRL's Sun Trust Challenge at Richmond International Speedway.
Dixon grabbed the lead from teammate Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) on pit road midway through the race and earned his 19th career IndyCar Series victory, tying Sam Hornish Jr.'s series record.
Graham Rahal finished third, followed by Andretti-Green teammates Hideki Mutoh and Danica Patrick.
Madrid completes signing of Ronaldo from United
MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid has completed the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United. The 24-year-old Portugal winger will be a Madrid player on July 1 after agreeing to a six-season deal. The move is worth a record $131 million.
Preakness winner wins again
NEW YORK (AP) - Rachel Alexandra may need to run against the boys just to find some competition. The Preakness winner romped to a 19 1-2-length victory in the $300,000 Mother Goose, splitting Flashing and Malibu Prayer on the far turn at Belmont Park and pulling away down the long front stretch to win in a stakes-record 1:46.33.
The superstar filly was back on the track for the first time since knocking off the boys at Pimlico. Rachel Alexandra did not run in the Belmont Stakes and won't be in the Breeders' Cup later this year.