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WAMC's Daily Sports Wrap

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Albany, NY – Well the Red Sox and Yankees continue to battle for the top spot in the East...

Last night in the Bronx, Francisco Cervelli launched a tie-breaking homer in the seventh, as the Yankees fought off the Orioles 5-3, in a game delayed by rain. Phil Hughes pitched well, limiting the Birds two runs on five hits over six innings. There were only 500 fans or so left in the stands when this game ended at 2:15 this morning.

In Toronto, the Red Sox rapped out 20 hits as they blew out the Blue Jays 14-0. Jon Lester was the big beneficiary, winning his fourth straight, while holding the Jays to just three singles and fanning eleven over seven innings.

In other AL action, Detroit blasted Cleveland 10-1, Texas blanked Tampa Bay 8-0, Seattle edged the Angels 2-1, Kansas City outlasted Oakland 7-4, and the White Sox shutout Minnesota 3-0.

Over to the NL, in Florida, Nick Evans' RBI single in the twelfth snapped a 4-4 tie, as the Mets finished off the Marlins 7-4.

Elsewhere, the Dodgers whipped Washington 7-3, Philadelphia doubled up Atlanta 6-3, St. Louis got by Milwaukee 4-2, Colorado rallied to beat Arizona 8-3, Cincinnati dropped the Cubs 4-2 in 13, San Francisco nipped San Diego 6-4, and Houston held off Pittsburgh 4-1.

In NFL news, the Jaguars have released veteran quarterback David Garrard. The move saves the franchise $9 million.

The Giants have lost another defender for the season. Linebacker Jonathan Goff will the entire year after tearing his ACL. New York has lost five key members of the defense for the season since training camp opened.

In NASCAR, Jeff Gordon held off hard-charging teammate Jimmie Johnson over the final few laps to take the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's Gordon's third win of the season and 85th win of his career - good for third on the all-time list.

In tennis, rain washed out the entire Day 9 schedule at the U.S. Open and there is more wet stuff in the forecast today.

I'm Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.