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. Chris Young and the New York Mets certainly enjoyed the cozy confines across town. Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Jenrry Mejia provided a jolt after his reluctant move to the bullpen and the previously punchless Mets went deep four times to rally past the banged-up Yankees 9-7 Monday night in the Subway Series opener. The crowd of 46,517, chanting back and forth, included Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra -- who received a warm hand on his 89th birthday -- and a large throng of Mets fans in left field wearing orange shirts that read "Bronx Invasion." "It was like a big party out there in the outfield, and it keeps you in the game," said Young, who played centre and left. "I was saying that I was having the most fun that Ive had even before the home run." After going 4-0 last year for their first season sweep of the Yankees, the Mets picked up right where they left off last May. Curtis Granderson connected in his return to Yankee Stadium, and the Mets also got long balls from Eric Young Jr. and Travis dArnaud while overcoming a pair of three-run deficits. Lumbering first baseman Lucas Duda turned in two spectacular defensive plays, starting a game-ending double play with runners at the corners by making a diving stop of Brian McCanns sharp grounder. Taking full advantage of a hitter-friendly ballpark, rather than the vast dimensions back home at Citi Field, the Mets hit four home runs in a game for the first time since May 3, 2013, in Atlanta, according to STATS. They began the day ranked 29th in the majors with 22 homers. "Part of it is being here," Mets manager Terry Collins explained, referring to both the fences and the environment. "This atmosphere creates intensity and creates focus, and guys are excited about being here." Brett Gardner hit an early grand slam off ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, in Toronto. Carlos Beltran left in the seventh with a hyperextended right elbow and was scheduled to have an MRI. Beltran, the designated hitter, got hurt working in the indoor cage between at-bats. "Im concerned because it was enough to take himself out of the game," manager Joe Girardi said. Bumped into a struggling bullpen before the game, Mejia (4-0) entered in the seventh for his first relief appearance since September 2012. He struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches and worked a scoreless eighth. Mejia sure seemed to relish the role -- even though he made it clear he wanted to stay in the rotation because he was concerned about injuring his surgically repaired arm again. The right-hander excitedly pumped his fist after a double play and then backed his way off the mound following a called third strike that ended the eighth. "It feels pretty good. Ive got to enjoy it," a smiling Mejia said. "If they need me in the bullpen Ive got to be there because I never play for myself." Kyle Farnsworth pitched a shaky ninth for his third save -- aided by Mark Teixeiras nagging groin injury. Teixeira laced a pinch-hit single to right that went to the wall and sent Jeter to third base. A gimpy Teixeira had to stop at first, though, and was pulled for a pinch-runner. That kept the double play in order and Duda turned a rare 3-5-3 gem with third baseman David Wright, who was shifted near shortstop against McCann. Pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, enjoying his third day in the majors, got the Mets started in the eighth by hustling for a double after his sharp grounder caromed off third baseman Yangervis Solarte and into left field. Duda blooped a single to centre off Matt Thornton (0-1), and Campbell barely beat Jacoby Ellsburys accurate throw with a nifty slide at the plate. Chris Young greeted Preston Claiborne with a two-run shot to left, giving the Mets a 9-7 lead. "We really struggled today," Girardi said. "We didnt make pitches." The Yankees snapped a 4-all tie with three runs in the sixth off Colon, who gave up 11 hits for the second time this season. Young Jr. trimmed it to 7-6 with a two-run homer off Alfredo Aceves, who relieved starter Hiroki Kuroda in the seventh. In the first inning, Granderson turned and greeted fans in right field. The slugger signed a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets in December after spending four seasons with the Yankees. He caused a bit of a stir in the off-season by saying, "A lot of the people Ive met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans." "The Mets fans came out in droves," Granderson said. NOTES: Mets President Saul Katz denied a report by The New York Times that he has expressed an interest in selling his share of the team. "I have no intention of selling my share of the Mets nor have I ever had any intention of selling my share," Katz said in a statement released by the club. ... The Mets plan to promote touted pitching prospect Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday night at home against the Yankees in place of Mejia. It will be Monteros major league debut. ... Sorianos second-inning single made him the seventh player to get 1,000 hits in the American League and National League. Derrick Thomas Womens Jersey
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.com) - Colorado forward P.Mikhail Grabovski wasnt worried. It wasnt long after the Toronto Maple Leafs bought him out that the 29-year-old centre got married and went on his honeymoon. Teams from the NHL and Russias Kontinental Hockey League, potentially as many as 12 of them, were interested in his services. "We were not panicking at all," agent Gary Greenstin said. Grabovski waited, and so did the Washington Capitals. Finally they agreed to a one-year, $3-million deal in a situation that has the potential to work out much better than his final season in Toronto under coach Randy Carlyle. With the Capitals, Grabovski will have a top-six role, time on the power play and a coach in Adam Oates who is likely to give him free rein to put up points and create offence. "I like the system," Grabovski said on a conference call. "I like that theyre an offensive team and one of the teams who really wants me. General manager and coach, everybody wants me and they like how I play before. I chose Washington because they really trust me and I think I can help them." Oates met with Grabovski and sold him on the value of playing on an offensive team with a strong power play. "I said, Look, no ones ever had this buyout before in our league. Its a very unique situation, youre a young guy, youre a good player, youve got a very unique opportunity. Make sure that when you make the decision, you go to a team that fits your puzzle," Oates said in a phone interview Friday. "I think theres an opportunity there, so we should be a team that you consider." The Maple Leafs bought out the final four seasons of Grabovskis five-year, $27.5-million contract after a lockout-shortened season in which he put up nine goals and seven assists in 48 games while being used predominantly in a bottom-six role. "The coach is always right," Greenstin said. "Ive been around hockey long enough. If something goes wrong between the coach and the player, the agent has to talk to the general manager. Actually (I have) no hard feeling for Carly. I still believe hes a good coach and I wish best success to the Maple Leafs." Grabovski conceded he had a "bad year" and is now set on creating a "new life" for himself. "Ill try to do my best to prove myself and play better than last year," he said. Previously under Ron Wilson, the Belarusian was an effective scorer, recording 51 points in 2011-12 and 58 points in 2010-11. "Grabo was a joy to coach," Wilson said in a text message. "Works very hard, cares about winning and improving as an individual. As tough a player as Ive had and absolutely fearless." Grabovski called Carlyle an "idiot" in an interview after he was bought out. Asked if he had any concerns about Grabovskis character, Capitals general manager George McPhee told reporters in Arlington, Va., that the organization did its "homework," adding that the expectation for players is to contact the coach directly about concerns. "Weve all said things said that we wish we wouldve retracted after the fact," Oates said. "I didnt bring it up with him. Im so not worried about it because I did it myself." Given that Oates was a primary reason for Grabovski signing with Washington, thats not expected to be an issue. Spencer Ware Chiefs Jersey
. "We were impressed, very much impressed with Washington coach Adam Oates," Greenstin said. "I remember as a player he always was an honest player during his hockey career. We talked with Adam, and most importantly he talked to Mikhail. And his enthusiasm, Adams enthusiasm to work with Mikhail, convinced us it was right." Time helped convince the Capitals it was the right fit. McPhee said the team was confident in Brooks Laich as its No. 2 centre but shored up its depth down the middle by finally giving Grabovski a home in late August. "On July 8 (Laich) was our No. 2 centre, but things change over the course of the summer and it looked like there was an opportunity with Grabovski and really having Brooks knowing he can play that position allowed us to do this deal," McPhee said. "We could take our time and get the right deal." Having Grabovski signed long-term didnt seem to be the right deal for the Maple Leafs, so they used a compliance buyout on him to save the US$5.5-million cap hit for the next four years. Theyll pay him $14.3 million over the next eight years instead as part of the buyout. To shore up the centre position, the Maple Leafs re-signed Tyler Bozak to a five-year, $21-million deal and traded for David Bolland from the Chicago Blackhawks. The Capitals had their own hole down the middle after letting Mike Ribeiro leave to sign with the Phoenix Coyotes. Grabovski is four years younger than Ribeiro and will cost $2.5 million less against the cap this season. "We think Grabovskis a pretty significant signing for us," McPhee said. "Hes a really well-rounded player that will bring a lot of speed to our lineup, bring some offence to the lineup. Hes pretty solid on faceoffs, hes a good penalty-killer, (can) play the power play and five-on-five should make us a better hockey club." Grabovskis hope is that joining the Capitals, whose top two lines include Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat, revitalizes his career. Playing predominantly with Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur in 2011-12, he had 29 goals and 29 assists. Greenstin said he expects Grabovski to be a 60- or 70-point player during an 82-game season if given that kind of role under Oates. "Everybody knows his capabilities," Greenstin said. "Regarding why he make less points with the Maple Leafs because (of the) short season, first of all, in a longer season hell get his 20 goals. And second, he had been playing third, fourth line." Oates didnt discuss specifics of a role or playing time with Grabovski, but hes expected to see significant minutes on the power play and five-on-five. At that point, Oates said, its up to Grabovski to prove he deserves another contract. Grabovski, who is in the midst of a month-long training program in Southern California, insisted his focus is on the present and immediate future and not his past with the Maple Leafs. "He is happy," Greenstin said. "He loves Toronto, he loves the Maple Leafs -- theyre a great organization. Now he has a new home, a new organization. Hell play for Washington and I believe his goal (is) to win the Stanley Cup. And hes 29. Hell have a great, great hockey career as it continues." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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