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NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson hit his first leadoff homer in five years, Carlos Torres and two other relievers filled in admirably for an ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Sunday. Sean Harlow Falcons Jersey . Bobby Abreu added an RBI double in the first and Daniel Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the second against a shaky Ian Kennedy (5-8), helping New York take the rubber game in a series between the two worst hitting teams in the majors. On a day Mets manager Terry Collins said he needed seven innings from Matsuzaka to help cover for a depleted bullpen, the right-hander barely made it through an inning because of a severe upset stomach. Making his fourth start of the season, Matsuzaka was visited on the mound by Collins, a trainer and a translator after a two-out walk to Seth Smith. The 34-year-old Japanese pitcher took several deep breaths before remaining in the game. He got the next batter, Chase Headley, on a groundout to end the inning. Matsuzaka gingerly walked off the mound after one inning, shook hands with Collins and headed straight for the clubhouse. Torres (3-4) relieved Matsuzaka to start the second, and the late-inning reliever looked unsettled. He gave up three straight singles, including Rene Riveras RBI infield hit. But he didnt give up another hit in four innings, tossing a season-high 63 pitches. Vic Black pitched two scoreless innings and Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance since leaving Thursday nights game with a stiff back, working two hitless innings for his seventh save. While the Mets used five extra-base hits -- two doubles by Lucas Duda -- in improving to 5-9 for June, San Diego fell to 3-10 for the month. Batting .216 as a team coming in, the Padres made several mental mistakes on the basepaths. Manager Bud Black had several words for pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista when he returned to the dugout in the seventh inning after failing to run out a grounder that Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores bobbled. Atop the order for the first time this season, Granderson sent a 1-0 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the porch in right field for his first leadoff homer since 2009 with Detroit and 25th overall. Murphy then doubled to left field, David Wright walked and Abreu doubled in a run. But the Mets failed to add on against a shaky Kennedy, stranding runners on second and third. Wright had an opportunity to give the Mets some cushion in the sixth, but he popped out to right field with the bases loaded. The Mets are now 11 for 68 (.162) with the bases jammed. NOTES: Kennedy gave up seven hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. ... The Padres placed RHP Nick Vincent on the 15-day DL, retroactive to June 12, because of right shoulder fatigue. They selected the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from Triple-A El Paso to fill Vincents spot. ... Mets minor league RHP Rafael Montero left his start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night in the first inning because of a left oblique strain. The Mets completed the trade that sent Ike Davis to Pittsburgh on April 18. They received 19-year-old LHP Blake Taylor, the Pirates second-round selection (51st overall) in 2013. ... The Mets next face the Cardinals in St. Louis and San Diego heads to Seattle for Monday games.Takkarist McKinley Womens Jersey . Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Jurco, Danick Gauthier and Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist each as the Sea Dogs extended the longest streak in the Canadian Hockey League this season. Duke Riley Womens Jersey . The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists detailed in a report how Russian and international journalists have been harassed and prevented from covering sensitive stories in Sochi such as the abuse of migrant workers and environmental issues.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Saturday that he expects the NFLs decision on a possible suspension for linebacker Aldon Smith to be announced soon, perhaps even before the preseason begins Aug. 7. Baalke also stressed that he had not been told of any specific timeline from the league — just that Smith will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon and a decision should come shortly after that. "Dont have a date. We know its going to happen sooner rather than later. Certainly, this isnt something thats going to drag into the season and may not even drag as far as into the preseason games itself," Baalke said. "Its something thats going to be addressed. Weve been in contact with the league, the leagues been in contact with us, but we dont have a set date at this moment." Smith was sentenced last week to three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges. He is expected to serve on the work crew on Mondays, which are a scheduled day off for the 49ers. Baalke said 49ers owner Jed York has spoken with Goodell about Smiths expected discipline. The linebacker underwent treatment at an in-patient facility and missed five games last year following his DUI arrest, though he did play the first game after the incident. Baalke said the team can lobby on Smiths behalf and for a speedy decision but cant decide how the process plays out. "Do we have any say? We can give our thoughts. We can give our input. But its really up to the commissioner," Baalke said. Baalkes comments came during a rare and impromptu visit with writers inside the new media workroom at Levis Stadium. He addressed all team matters — or, in many cases, declined to address them — during the 47-minute session, including the contracts of tight end Vernon Davis and training camp holdout and right guard Alex Boone. Davis and Boone skipped the teams voluntary off-season workout program and mandatory minicamp, which could draw a fine up to $70,000. Sean Harlow Youth Jersey. Davis has since returned for training camp and said hes focused on football. Baalke declined to discuss eithers contract status at length. Asked if Davis should be among the recent players such as quarterback Colin Kaepernick and left tackle Joe Staley given an extension, Baalke said "hes certainly one of those guys that deserves to be a 49er." Baalke also was asked if there had been any recent discussions with Boone or his agent, possibly trading the lineman and the teams philosophy about negotiating with training camp holdouts. Each time, Baalke said he didnt want to get into a "merry-go-round" of discussing the issues. "I find nothing positive is going to come from discussing any of this, our strategies, how we deal with players, how we deal with this situation versus others," Baalke said. "Ive never seen anything positive come from that, with anybody thats used those techniques." Baalke also reverted to that answer when asked about the contracts of wide receiver Michael Crabtree and left guard Mike Iupati. Both are entering the final seasons of their deals. But the general manager spoke of a consistent theme throughout while addressing the countless issues around that team: that the 49ers have enough talent and depth to compete for the franchises elusive sixth Super Bowl title. San Francisco has gone to three straight NFC championships and one Super Bowl without winning the Lombardi Trophy. Baalke said its up to the players in camp to come together and make it happen now. "The saying that I like to go by is, Individuals win games. You win a lot of games with individuals. You win championships with teams," he said. "Teams win championships — thats the bottom line. Can you take 90 guys at the start of camp and meld them into a team that has the fortitude, the resolve, the work ethic, the passion, the compassion, all those things that go into building a team? Thats the challenge. Thats the greatest challenge. We like our odds." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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