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NEW YORK —Before Ruben Tejada went to bat with two outs in the bottom of the
ninth, David Wright pulled him aside for a brief talk. Randall Cobb Pink Jersey . The Mets de-facto
team captain saw the young first-year shortstop had been having a rough game.
Tejada was 0 for 4 and made an ugly throwing error that went so far over
Ike Davis head, the first baseman barely moved to try catching it. And when the
Marlins walked Mike Baxter ahead of him two innings earlier, Tejada promptly
flied out to end the inning. Forget all that, Wright told him. Theres another
at-bat right here. Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the
ninth inning to give the New York Mets a 3-2 victory over Miami on Sunday, their
seventh straight against the Marlins. “We all kind of have a tendency to bring
our last at-bat up there with us,” Wright said. “It was nice to see Ruben come
through after they kind of picked on him earlier in the game.” Scott Hairston
led off the inning with a single, took second on a passed ball by Rob Brantly,
and was safe at third when pinch-hitter Jordany Valdespin beat the throw on what
would have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, pinch-hitter Fred Lewis
was intentionally walked after Valdespin was allowed to take second. Tejada
lined a pitch from right-hander Ryan Webb (4-3) into shallow left field and
sprinted toward first with his finger in the air as the rest of the Mets poured
out of the dugout. “Its great, you know,” Tejada said. “Every at bat is like a
new day for me.” Wright hit a two-run homer in the first and Bobby Parnell (5-4)
pitched the top of the ninth for the win. Mets starter Chris Young had another
nice start at home, but he still hasnt won a game at Citi Field this season. On
Sunday, he allowed one earned run in six innings, but a throwing error by
catcher Kelly Shoppach allowed the tying run to score. Young struck out five and
walked two. The Mets are 3 1-2 games ahead of the Marlins out of last place in
the NL East. The Mets are 11-4 against the Marlins this season. Miami starter
Ricky Nolasco struck out five in seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
In Nolascos previous four starts, he was 3-0 with four earned runs and 20
strikeouts against one walk in 30 innings. Young has been a brighter spot than
his record would indicate. In 11 of his 19 starts, hes allowed two or fewer
earned runs, but is 4-3 with four no-decisions. He has struck out more than two
batters for every one hes walked and worked his way into a spot as a reliable
starter heading into next season. On Sunday, he had one bad inning, and a
sacrifice fly and an error were enough to tie the game. Brantly and
Gil Velazquez led off the fifth with singles and after they were bunted over,
Bryan Peterson hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run and moved Velazquez to
third. Gorkys Hernandez singled and stole second base, drawing a throw from
Shoppach that sailed into centre field, tying the game. “When David hit that
two-run homer, it set the tone and gave me some room for error,” Young said. “It
was nice to go out there and be aggressive.” At Citi Field this season, Young
has seven quality starts in which hes 0-4. Wright put the Mets ahead in the
first inning with a two-run homer to left-centre field against Nolasco. Wright
is 25 for 63 against the Marlins righty and it was his sixth homer against him.
“He guessed right there and didnt miss it,” Nolasco said. “Thats a really good
team. Those guys are tough outs.” NOTES: The Mets swept the three-game series
for their first three-game winning streak at home since winning four in a row at
Citi Field in June. ... Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia makes his second start of
the season, facing Pittsburgh RHP Kyle McPherson. Both pitchers are 0-1. ...
Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi is set to face Atlanta on Tuesday following an off
day. ... Young led off the third inning with a long double over the head of LF
Petersen, but the top of the Mets order stranded him. ... Former Mets star
Jose Reyes walked to start the third, stole second and went to third on a passed
ball. He was nearly picked off, but wound up being stranded instead. ... A fan
down the right field line wore a Santa Claus outfit. Santa was seen leaping at a
foul ball hit by Wright, but it was over the fans head. ... Mets reliever
Frank Francisco has been unavailable due to elbow soreness. He said after the
game that he had no ligament damage and that he would try to come back this
season, but not at the risk of injuring himself. “Im not going to do it, try to
be Superman.” Charles Woodson Pink Jersey . The club
released a statement on Monday saying their newly-acquired guard is not expected
to participate in pre-season games this week after suffering a strained adductor
muscle—inner thigh—during training camp last week in Halifax. James Jones Jersey . —Ramon Foster gives a
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Martin Brodeur isnt expecting the Philadelphia Flyers to show up bearing gifts
for Game 4. Randall Cobb Womens Jersey . New NHL Players
Association executive director Donald Fehr was in Chicago for meetings. He says
negotiations will begin after Wednesdays meeting of the NHLPAs executive board.
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17-time Grand Slam king Federer, who captured his seventh Wimbledon title in
July, needed just over two hours to beat 25th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco
6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.MEMPHIS, Tenn. —O.J. Mayo felt so
responsible for how Memphis blew a 27-point lead in the series opener with the
Clippers that he had barely slept since that loss. He made sure all the
Grizzlies can sleep well now. Mayo scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth
quarter, and Memphis bounced back to beat Los Angeles 105-98 on Wednesday night
in Game 2. “Well get some good rest tonight and go to L.A. for two more games,”
Mayo said. The Grizzlies collapsed Sunday night, letting the Clippers grab
home-court advantage in the best-of-seven, first-round Western Conference
series. Down 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Clippers tied the
NBA playoff record for largest final-period comeback. The schedule meant the
Grizzlies had two days between games to simmer over what went wrong. “That was
tough to lose in the fashion we did, then have to sit there and watch it on ESPN
every day and the miraculous comeback and that stuff,” Grizzlies forward
Rudy Gay said. “Thats what kind of had us come in here today and play like we
did…. We didnt have any lapses like we did before.” The Grizzlies made sure to
return to their physical style in evening the series with Game 3 in Los Angeles
on Saturday. The Clippers feel like they missed a big opportunity. “I think were
madder about losing this one than as excited as we were about winning Game 1
because we felt like we came out with the right mentality,” All-Star guard
Chris Paul said. “We hit first and stuff like that. But it just didnt work in
our favour.” Gay also scored 21 points and Memphis showed off its depth with six
players reaching double figures. Mike Conley had 19, Zach Randolph 15,
Marreese Speights 11 and Tony Allen 10. Paul led the Clippers with 29 points.
Blake Griffin had 22, and Mo Williams and Nick Young 11 apiece. Memphis coach
Lionel Hollins called Paul a great player, someone the coach used three or four
different Grizzlies trying to defend. “He scored on everybody so who do you want
me to put on him? I cant come off the bench and guard him,” Hollins said. “Im
too old.” The Grizzlies had the lead going into the fourth quarter for a second
straight game. This time, the Clippers got no closer than four. Memphis led
75-69 at the start of this fourth quarter, and Pauls four-point play with 8:06
left got the Clippers to 83-79. The Grizzlies answered with Conley scoring on a
driving layup, followed by another 3 from Mayo. “I got to give a big credit to
O.J. Mayo,” Allen said. “He opened the game up for us.” Bobby Simmons, starting
with Caron Butler out with a broken left hand, scored seven of his nine points
in the fourth. It wasnt enough as Gay and Randolph combined to score six
straight points with Gays basket giving Memphis its biggest lead of the night at
97-84 with 3:52 remaining. TThe Grizzlies sealed the victory by hitting six of
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