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Anderson lit up by Yankees, A's lose 10-3

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Anderson lit up by Yankees, A's lose 10-3

May 31, 2011BOXSCORE A'SVIDEOMLBPAGE MLBSCOREBOARD
OAKLAND (AP) Instead of being benched against southpaws, Curtis Granderson is thriving against them this season.Granderson became the first left-handed hitter to homer off Brett Anderson in nearly two years and Derek Jeter had two hits to reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.Granderson struggled to get into the lineup against lefties a year ago, but has hit a major league-leading nine of his 17 homers against southpaws this season"I knew it was there, it was just a matter of getting it back," he said. "I had to do it to get to the big leagues. I did it early on and just ran into a couple bumps in the road and am trying to constantly fight the long haul of getting back. I'm still fighting it. It's good pitch, good at-bat, followed by bad pitch, bad at-bat against them."The good are much more common than the bad so far this season for Granderson, who had three hits and four RBIs against one of the toughest. Anderson (3-5) hadn't allowed an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter all season and a homer to a lefty since Russell Branyan hit one for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009."Anderson is as good as they get," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's hard to believe the adjustment that this guy has made. It's remarkable."Robinson Cano also homered, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and three RBIs and Mark Teixeira took advantage of shoddy Oakland fielding to steal home for the Yankees, who have their longest winning streak against the A's since 1964-65, when the team was based in Kansas City.Anderson allowed a career-worst 10 runs for the A's, who have lost 22 of 25 meetings against the Yankees. With back-to-back wins to open this three-game set, New York has become the first team to win nine straight series against the A's since the team moved to Oakland in 1968.Freddy Garcia (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings of his 300th career start. He allowed only a two-run homer and an RBI single to David DeJesus to beat the A's for just the second time in his last 10 starts against Oakland.His best moment might have come with his glove, when he made a self-defense stab of a line drive by Kevin Kouzmanoff to start an inning-ending double play in the sixth."That was lucky," he said. "It almost hit my face. I don't even know how I caught that ball, but I did it and made a double play."That performance proved to be more than enough on a night the Yankees hammered Anderson, who allowed nine earned runs and a career-worst 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings. That dropped Anderson's record to 0-4 with a 6.53 ERA in five career starts against New York."Seems you face one guy and then another guy that's an All-Star, a potential Hall of Famer comes up and it's tough," Anderson said. "But it's another big league lineup you have to go through and battle and I just didn't do a good job of it tonight."Even when the Yankees made mistakes, they were able to turn them into runs. Rodriguez got caught too far off first after Cano struck out for the second out in the sixth inning. With Rodriguez in a rundown, Teixeira broke from third to home and scored on a stolen base when first baseman Conor Jackson's throw was off line.For the second straight game, the Yankees got a two-run homer in the first inning to jump out to the early lead before the A's even came to the plate. A day after Teixeira hit his 16th homer in the opening inning off Trevor Cahill, Granderson hit his 17th after Jeter led off the game with a single off second baseman Mark Ellis' glove."Career-wise he's been bad left-on-left but it seems like he's turned the corner this year," Anderson said. "I just fed him fastballs trying to go in and left it out over the plate. He's just covering all sides of the plate right now. A tough out."The Yankees added an unearned run in the third when Jeter reached on Ellis' two-base throwing error and scored on Rodriguez's bloop hit.After DeJesus' RBI single got Oakland on the board for the first time this series in the bottom of the third, Granderson extended the lead to 5-1 with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth.Cano's 11th homer and Rodriguez's two-run single helped the Yankees break the game open.Notes: Jeter has reached safely to open the game in 21 of the 42 games he has been leadoff hitter. ... The last Yankees player to steal home was Brett Gardner on April 4, 2010, against Boston. ... Anderson's outing snapped a streak of 28 straight games that Oakland's starter had allowed four runs or fewer. ... The A's are giving slumping 1B Daric Barton (.206 average, 0 HRs) a few days off to work on his batting stroke.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

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NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.