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SAN DIEGO — Philip Rivers rallied San Diego to 30 straight points, including throwing a go-ahead, 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green early in the fourth quarter, and the J.J. Watt Jersey Chargers stunned the Detroit Lions 33-28 in what could be their final home opener at Qualcomm Stadium.

Rivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two scores.

Green was subbing for Antonio Gates, who’s suspended without pay for four games for testing positive for PEDs. Keenan Allen had 15 catches – tying the club record set by Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow in 1984 – for 166 yards.

The Chargers trailed 21-3 after Matthew Stafford threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron midway through the second quarter. Rivers was picked off by Darius Slay in the end zone just before halftime to keep the score at 21-10.

But the second half was all San Diego. Rivers also threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson and Danny Woodhead’s 1-yard TD run gave J.J. Watt Red Jersey San Diego a 33-21 lead.

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The San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans Jaelen Strong have thought twice about their union with Darnell Dockett.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Dockett has been released, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team later confirmed the roster move.

The move comes six months after Houston Texans Jaelen Strong Jersey Dockett left the Cardinals to sign a two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $2 million guaranteed.

ProFootballTalk, which first reported Dockett’s release, stated the move saves San Francisco $3.25 million in cash and salary-cap space. Dockett is a 10-year veteran with 40.5 career sacks. He was expected to serve as a situational pass rusher in Eric Mangini’s defense.

The reasons behind Dockett’s surprise exit are unclear, though the veteran defensive tackle had been slowed by a rib injury. Dockett might have rubbed some in the organization the wrong way when he tweeted that his rib was broken, a diagnosis that Tomsula refuted.

“Yeah, it’s cartilage,” Tomsula said Wednesday, via “The crack is in the cartilage, which is treated like a contusion. It’s not the bone. If it was the bone, we would be talking about something different (and more serious).”

Dockett immediately becomes a free agent, so let the speculation begin about a possible return to the Cardinals. Arizona — or another team — might choose to wait until after Week 1 to sign Jaelen Strong Jersey him. Dockett’s vested veteran status means he would get his base salary fully guaranteed if he’s signed before the start of the season.

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It might only be early September, but little by little, inning by inning, the postseason is starting to take shape. And in the Blue Jays Jersey Cheap American League, while some clubs appear to be on cruise control to October, there’s still more than enough intrigue to make this a month to remember.

Here’s a pre-Labor Day primer for all of the drama that’s yet to come over the next month in the Junior Circuit:

With the Royals steaming ever closer to wrapping up the AL Central, there seem to be only four other postseason spots available across the league, and right now nine teams are within seven games of qualifying. Granted, the Indians (six behind) and Orioles (6 1/2 behind) have a lot of work to do to get back in the mix, but stranger things have happened down the stretch of a pennant race.

One has to like how the revamped Blue Jays have stormed to the front in the AL East, but the Yankees are still only 1 1/2 games behind Toronto and have gotten Michael Pineda back into their rotation, while the Rays are hanging in the race, trailing the second Wild Card berth by 4 1/2 games.

The Royals are in full boat-race mode in the Central, but the pesky Twins are staying in it, only 1 1/2 games out of Wild Card contention.

In the West, the Astros continue to hold the division lead, but the Rangers, who added Cole Hamels via trade and got back a healthy Derek Holland, now look pretty rich in pitching and have one of the 2015 Customized Womens Authentic Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Home White Jersey Wild Card slots. The Angels are the team looking up at that Texas two-step in the standings, but Mike Scioscia’s team isn’t out yet, with a 3 1/2-game Wild Card deficit.

The way the Blue Jays have been pummeling the baseball and pitching lately, it seems like they’re not only the favorites to win the East but to possibly go a lot further. Meanwhile, the Astros have held the West lead for most of the year and appear to be just as strong as ever in that top slot.

It would be a boon for both organizations and for baseball if these teams win their divisions, considering Toronto hasn’t even played in October since winning its second consecutive World Series in 1993, and the young, dangerous Astros are at least a few years ahead of their rebuilding plan.

Kudos to both front offices for taking advantage of their positions in the standings and making huge dents at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Jays’ aggressiveness netted them Troy Tulowitzki Jersey, David Price Jersey, Ben Revere Jersey and bullpen depth. The Astros got Scott Kazmir, no-hitter artist Mike Fiers and do-everything outfielder Carlos Gomez.

How tough will it be to slow down Toronto? Consider that the Jays went 21-6 in August, with 170 runs scored (about 6.3 per game) and 83 allowed (not quite 3.1). Toronto had a team OPS of .832 for the month.

And the Jays haven’t lost in two games in September.

What it might mean is that the Royals, while 31 games above the .500 mark, are no shoo-in for the top seed in the AL playoffs. Another epic month from the Blue Jays could swing home-field advantage throughout the postseason to the climate-controlled Rogers Centre.

A look at the some of the contenders’ daily itineraries for the remainder of the year would figure to provide clues as to who might have sterling Septembers, but this being baseball and all, nothing’s certain.

Still, the Blue Jays have to like what’s ahead of them, with the vast majority of their remaining games against teams with records below the .500 mark.

And at the other end of the September spectrum lie the Rangers, who had a day off on Thursday but only get one more in a stretch in which they’ll play 30 games. On the good side for Texas is 17 of its final 23 games at home, where the Rangers have been playing much better of late.

The secret to the state of the standings at the end of the 162-game schedule should lie in the prime-time series, as usual. And there are plenty to choose from.

This weekend, the Twins visit Houston to play the Astros for three games, the Orioles play the Custom Blue Jays Jersey in Toronto and the Rangers take on the Angels in Anaheim. These series are crucial for all involved, but more so for the Twins, Orioles and Angels, who have ground to make up.

Next week, it starts with Orioles-Yankees and Twins-Royals and ends with Royals-Orioles, Blue Jays-Yankees and Astros-Angels. That’s only a small fraction of the drama to come as the AL picture slowly gets clearer.

Los Angeles Angels Thinking on fly helped Iannetta end no-hitter

DETROIT — With one out in the top of the sixth inning of the Angels’ 5-0 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday night, Chris Iannetta reached full desperation mode. The Custom Angels Jersey catcher had just popped up another hittable fastball, dropping his batting average to .184 and making an out for the 48th time in his last 54 at-bats. Iannetta walked back into the dugout and told Paul Sorrento, one of the team’s assistant hitting coaches, “All right, man, I’ve got nothing.”

So Sorrento scurried back to the tunnel to review tape of Iannetta’s productive 2011 season with the Rockies, noticed how tall his bat stood and how closed his stance was and told him he should do that.

“Do you want to do it in the middle of the game?” Sorrento asked.

“What’s the worst that can happen?” Iannetta responded. “I get an out?”

Iannetta did something a whole lot more meaningful — he broke up a no-hitter.

The next time he came to the plate, it was the ninth inning. Justin Verlander was three outs away from becoming the sixth pitcher to record three no-hitters and was seemingly only getting stronger as the night wore on. Iannetta tracked a 2-2, 97-mph fastball and smoked it down the left-field line, picking up chalk and providing the only highlight in the Angels’ loss.

Said Verlander: “It was the only ball all night that I threw over the heart of the plate.”

And it produced a double from the Angels’ worst hitter this month.

“It’s good to get a hit,” Iannetta said, plainly, when asked about breaking up a no-hitter in progress. “I’m just glad to find the barrel.”

Verlander’s one-hitter — the second of his career — handed the Angels their 22nd loss in their last 32 games, dropping them six games back of the Astros in the American League West and one game behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot. They sport the worst offense in the Major Leagues in August — according to OPS and runs per game, at least — and they’re no longer getting the quality starting pitching that carried them through the first three months.

At least they didn’t get no-hit.

“You never want to get no-hit, but we lost the game,” center fielder Mike Trout Jersey said.

“A no-hitter is a no-hitter,” Albert Pujols Jersey added. “Verlander threw the ball pretty well tonight. He deserved it. Your goal is to have good, quality at-bats, and we didn’t do enough to make him uncomfortable.”

Iannetta has spent the entire year uncomfortable, especially navigating through April with a .093 batting average. He hit well in May, June and July, but then he went on an 0-for-18 slump early in August and lost his starting job. A handful of days ago, the 32-year-old experimented with a simplified approach that consisted of resting the bat on his shoulder. But he was still stepping out, his front shoulder was still flaring open, and he was still producing those shallow popups to the right side that had plagued his entire season.

The last one especially irked him.

So, from one at-bat to the next, Iannetta incorporated the kind of adjustment that is usually made between games, sometimes even between seasons.

“Hey,” he said, “I didn’t have anything to lose.”

Jadeveon Clowney Jersey anxious to do more

Jadeveon Clowney is getting back to his playing form, slowly but surely.

After an entire offseason of rehab following his December micro fracture knee surgery, Clowney is anxious to rejoin his teammates on the football field and do what he loves.

Pass rush.

“One of the good signs with him is that he’ll come up to us and say, ‘Can I do more? I’d like to be in that drill,’ because he sees the competition,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’d like to be in more, but we have to stick to the medical plan. I’m definitely pleased with how he’s approached it so far.”

The Texans 2014 No. 1 overall draft pick passed his physical and returned to practice on Monday in limited form, participating in stretching, individual position drills, and walk-through. By the end of the week, Clowney was even taking part in some team drills.

Clowney dressed for Saturday’s preseason game against the Broncos but did not see action. No official return date has been announced yet but O’Brien likes the progress the second-year linebacker has made. He plans to continue to increase Jadeveon Clowney Jersey workload this week.

“We’ll do a little bit more with him in practice,” O’Brien said. “I’ve been pleased with the way he has reacted and practiced with the plan that we’ve had for him so far. He’s eager to get out there.”

The Texans Jersey Store travel to New Orleans for their Week 3 preseason game against the Saints. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be nationally televised on FOX.

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Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo is day-to-day after suffering an undisclosed injury early in training camp. The second-year offensive lineman likely also won’t practice leading up to the Texans preseason game at New Orleans.

“Su’a-Filo is definitely day-to-day,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Sunday. “Hopefully he can get back at some point this week, but right now I would say no.”

The Texans offensive line depth has been tested with the absence of promising prospects like Su’a-Filo and third-year David Quessenberry, who is in remission after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma last May. O’Brien has been closely evaluating his roster in preseason action with most of the starters playing limited snaps.

“Some of these guys have played decently,” O’Brien said. “I mentioned last week a couple guys. (C)James Ferentz I think has played pretty well overall, pretty consistent. I think the young tackle, (Kendall) Lamm, has shown up and done some decent things for us. It would be good to get eventually, hopefully get Xavier back, get Xavier Su’a Filo Jersey back from injury. Let’s get him in there and get him a ton of reps, see if we can get him better. So yeah, I think there’s some guys that are there that we just need to continue to work with.”

Arian Foster rehabbing, no timetable for return

Arian Foster is back in Houston after suffering a groin injury earlier this month.

“He’s in here rehabbing but we really haven’t spoken about where he’s at from a date-of-return standpoint,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “I know that he’s working hard in rehab, and he’s really trying to get back to playing as quickly as he can.”

The four-time Pro Bowl running back was a spectator at NRG Stadium for the Texans preseason game against Denver on Saturday.

Foster suffered his injury during the team’s Aug. 3 training camp practice. He has not participated since, but still remains on the active roster. There is currently no official timetable for his return.

Russell Martin’s hammy among stretch-run stories to watch

TORONTO — The honeymoon phase surrounding the revamped Blue Jays Jersey Cheap has come to an end, and the focus now shifts away from the recent acquisitions and toward finding out what it will take to win the American League East.

Toronto hit a bit of a roadblock in Philadelphia by splitting a two-game series to find itself two games back of the Yankees for first place in the division. That minor disappointment followed a series loss to New York, and it goes to show the pennant race won’t be over any time soon.

The Blue Jays went from afterthought to favourite in recent weeks, but winning the division for the first time since 1993 will not be an easy task. Here are the Top 5 storylines as Toronto enters the stretch run.

Martin has been playing through an injury for several weeks, but the most noticeable sign of discomfort happened during Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the Phillies. Toronto’s veteran catcher hit a ground ball in the ninth inning and had difficulty getting out of the batter’s box and running up the first-base line.

The 32-year-old would likely be best served with an extended period of rest, but he prides himself on being in the lineup almost every day. Toronto is at its best when Russell Martin Jersey is on the field — even when he is not at 100 percent — but the club will have to weigh the short-term benefits with the long-term consequences.

The Blue Jays need a healthy Martin for the stretch run, and at the very least, he’s going to require semi-regular rest until his leg fully heals. One possible solution would be promoting Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo and giving more at-bats to backup Dioner Navarro.

The question seems to be when — not if — Stroman will return to the big leagues in 2015. He’s scheduled to pitch in a simulated game on Monday, and he will repeat that process on Aug. 29. After that, Stroman is expected to make a rehab start for Buffalo, and it’s possible he could make two appearances for the Bisons before their season wraps up on Sept. 7.

The big debate is what to do with Stroman when he returns, but that’s something that won’t be finalized for at least another couple of weeks. If Stroman exceeds expectations, it’s possible he could take Drew Hutchison Jersey‘s spot on the staff, and there’s even a scenario where Toronto could temporarily go to a six-man rotation. If Stroman doesn’t respond well to the early workload, then he’ll likely find a spot in the bullpen.

It’s a good problem to have, especially for an organization that doesn’t have much starting depth in the Minors. Stroman clearly intends on coming back as a starter, but he’s going to have to prove he’s ready every step of the way.

Buehrle has defied the odds throughout his career, and he continues to prove people wrong with the Blue Jays. When he arrived in 2013 and got off to a slow start, everybody seemed to think that his best days were behind him. Buehrle bounced back later that year, had a strong season and continued to perform in 2014.

This year, there has been even more success, but one would assume Mark Buehrle Jersey can’t continue to perform at his current pace. Prior to giving up four runs over four innings on Wednesday night, Buehrle surrendered three earned runs or fewer in 13 consecutive starts. That’s an incredible run, but it’s also one that’s not entirely sustainable.

There have been rumblings all year about Buehrle’s health, and the Blue Jays have occasionally gone out of their way to make sure he pitches on extra rest. That strategy may continue down the stretch, because Toronto needs a healthy Buehrle not only in September, but also October. Buehrle’s on pace to hit 200 innings for the 15th consecutive year, but unlike the previous two seasons, that won’t be a point of emphasis down the stretch. If he needs rest, the Blue Jays will have to make sure he gets it.

The Blue Jays have opted to use Edwin Encarnacion Jersey primarily as a designated hitter in recent weeks, which has opened the door for Justin Smoak and Chris Colabello to split time at first. That situation has worked out well, but eventually the club will have to pick its preferred option.

Smoak has the edge on defence as an elite fielder, and 11 home runs in just 205 at-bats shows there’s some value in his bat. The problem is that Colabello has been an integral part of the lineup for most of the year, and he continues to produce. People have been waiting for Colabello’s production to dip, but he is still hitting .324, with 11 homers, 46 RBIs and an .875 OPS in 262 at-bats.

Tulowitzki’s arrival in Toronto coincided with an 11-game winning streak, so all of the early reports were positive, even though the 10-year veteran has yet to look fully comfortable in a Blue Jays uniform. He’s hitting .219 with six extra-base hits in 19 games, and at times he appears to be been pressing at the plate.

That’s a concern, but Tulowitzki is simply too good of a hitter for the lack of production to continue. It’s only a matter of time before he heats up, and when that happens, Tulowitzki has the type of bat that can help carry a team. The sooner it happens, the better for Toronto, but one luxury the club does have is a high-powered offence, which makes waiting on Troy Tulowitzki Jersey a lot easier.

Packers Aaron Rodgers Jersey Second-year OLB a potential key on special teams

GREEN BAY – In evaluating his rookie season on special teams, Jayrone Elliot believes it took him awhile to get Aaron Rodgers Uniforms going.

The fact that he still finished 2014 with the second-most coverage tackles on the team (15) bodes well for the second-year outside linebacker, and for the Packers.

“I didn’t get a lot of special-teams reps last year (in training camp), and that’s why I started slow,” Elliott said. “I don’t know when that button went off, but I know I had my two best games in the playoffs.”

That he did, recording three tackles against the Cowboys and three more against the Seahawks, setting the stage for Elliott to become one of new coordinator Ron Zook’s core players on Green Bay’s revamped special teams in 2015.

The 6-3, 255-pounder has the body type Mike McCarthy covets on return and coverage units, and he’s no longer a quiet Custom Packers Jersey, nervous and sometimes confused rookie just trying to survive each snap.

Nothing is guaranteed to Elliott as far as the roster goes this year, but he’s naturally assuming a leadership role in camp, both on special teams and for all of this year’s undrafted rookies who pick his brain to find out how he made the team last season.

Elliott said he hopes Zook sees him as a special-teams leader, as he’s no longer afraid to get vocal if the situation demands it.

“In the heat of a game, when things go wrong or you might not get a call, I can keep guys settled down and go out there and play hard,” he said, describing the contrast between his second season and the early stages of his rookie one.

“I’m not thinking about the playbook. I’m not scrambling like, ‘Yo, what do I have to do?’ Nothing like that. It’s a different road, but it’s a better road than being star-struck and scared out there at the same time.”

Last year, Elliott put together a five-sack preseason that earned him a roster spot, continuing a curious streak, now at five years, of an undrafted rookie outside linebacker making the team out of training camp. Elliott was preceded by Frank Zombo (2010), Vic So’oto (2011), Dezman Moses (2012) and Andy Mulumba (2013).

Equally curious, though, is that the first three didn’t last in Green Bay much beyond their breakout rookie years. Mulumba stuck around last year but then landed on injured reserve with a knee injury. By all accounts, he has recovered well and is in position to make the team again in year three.

To develop some of that staying power and not quickly fade, Elliott hopes to get more playing time on defense. In the offseason, he studied film of Clay Matthews’ younger days, particularly his quick first step and how that opened up a book of pass-rush moves.

“You can set up anything from your get-off and timing and everything,” Elliott said. “He did a great job of studying quarterbacks and their cadence back then, and it’s something I’m trying to do.”

The effort was hit and miss in last week’s preseason opener. After sharing a third-down sack of Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo with Mulumba early in the second quarter, Elliott jumped way offside during New England’s two-minute drill to end the half.

“I thought it was a good jump, but watching Aaron Rodgers Youth Jersey it on film, it was terrible,” said Elliott, practically laughing at himself.

The light-hearted self-critique is just another difference from a year ago for Elliott who, along with Mulumba, will have to start sharing more snaps at outside linebacker now with some position mates back in action.

Mike Neal, who missed the first preseason game, and Nick Perry, who returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday (as did defensive lineman Letroy Guion), could begin getting more work soon.

“I feel like I’m being steady, being the same guy every day,” Elliott said. “It’s not as stressful as last year. I had a lot of ups and downs. I was nervous every day, thinking I was going to get let go.

“But now … I’m not comfortable, but I know as long as I do my job and take advantage of the opportunities I get Aaron Rodgers Jersey, I’ll have a good chance of making the team.”


Late rally by Yanks ends Blue Jays David Price and Troy Tulowitzkie streak at 11 games

TORONTO — Pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran came through with a crucial homer as the Yankees staged a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory to snap the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak in the series opener at Rogers Centre on Friday. With the win, the Yankees reclaimed first place in the American League East from the Blue Jays. New York leads the division by a half-game.

Down 3-0, the Yankees rallied to drive Blue Jays starter David Price Jersey from the game with a four-run eighth inning, culminating in Beltran’s three-run shot off reliever Aaron Sanchez, who was saddled with the loss. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann singled with one out before Chase Headley’s ground-rule double brought home one run. That set the table for Beltran’s heroics.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to leave the ballpark,” Beltran said. “It’s a good feeling, being able to come off the bench, come through and help the team win a ballgame.”

Ivan Nova was strong in a winning effort for the Yanks. Outside of a three-run third, the right-hander turned in a quality start with a seven-inning performance. He struck out three and walked one before turning the ball over to Dellin Betances, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Andrew Miller came on in the ninth and surrendered a one-out walk to Chris Colabello before Kevin Pillar singled to give the Blue Jays some life. Miller uncorked a wild pitch with Ben Revere Jersey at the plate, allowing both runners to advance into scoring position. The lefty settled in to fan Revere before striking out Troy Tulowitzki Jerey in a tense 12-pitch at-bat to end the game.

“It was a battle. Two of the best players in baseball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of the final at-bat. “That’s what you want to see, pay to see. And Miller, he’s one of the best out there and he’s got some nasty pitches.”

Headley’s ground-rule double ended Price’s night in favor of the right-handed Sanchez, and the Yanks countered by sending Beltran up to pinch-hit forChris Young. With a 1-2 count, the 38-year-old delivered his biggest blow of the season. Beltran’s three-run shot to right-center field, his 11th homer of the year, stunned the Rogers Centre crowd and gave the Yankees their first lead of the night.

“It’s not easy, but he was prepared, and Carlos is professional,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He knows what he needs to do. He went up aggressive and swung the bat. That’s a big home run.”

Tulowitzki and Miller engaged in an at-bat for the ages to finish things off. With two outs and the go-ahead run on second base, the battle lasted 12 pitches, with Tulowitzki fouling off seven before he finally missed on a slider from the Yankees’ closer, who notched his 26th save of the season.

“I think the whole inning was such a grind,” Miller said. “I feel like I was making pitches and I feel like I had good stuff, but it was just a tightly fought game. I’m glad we came out on top. The at-bat to Tulowitzki, that’s all I’ve got. I was running out of gas there. That’s everything I’ve got for an inning. I’m just glad we won the battle.”

Price worked out of jams all night, but he couldn’t escape the eighth as he gave up a pair of singles and a ground-rule double, allowing the Yankees to creep back into the game. With two on and the go-ahead run coming to the plate, Price got the hook in favor of Sanchez. The lefty pitched 7 1/3 innings while giving up 11 hits and three earned runs.

“I was still out there, throwing the ball. And I felt good, with the exception of the double to Headley,” Price said. “I felt like that inning I made really good pitches. But that’s baseball, that’s part of it, and if you don’t like it, pitch better.”

Nova worried the Yanks in the third inning when he reached with his bare hand for a Tulowitzki chopper up the middle. The ball ricocheted off Nova’s ring finger to shortstop Didi Gregorius, who tagged second base for the forceout, with a run scoring on the play. Nova threw four warmup pitches before convincing Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue to leave him in the game.

“I thought I broke my finger. It was hurting bad,” Nova said. “But I saw Joe and Stevie coming out, and I thought, ‘We’ve got to keep pitching. We’ve got to keep pitching.’ You’ve got to give your team a little bit of room, because we have been using the bullpen a lot. I was focused on going deep in the game.”

Masahiro Tanaka (8-5, 3.79 ERA) returns to Rogers Centre, where he made his first Major League start last April, and he hopes to feed off the postseason vibes of this series on Saturday. Tanaka faced the Blue Jays in his last outing on Sunday in New York, taking a tough-luck loss after serving up solo homers to Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista Jersey. He’s 3-2 with a 3.18 ERA in five career starts vs. Toronto. The game is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET.

Marco Estrada Jersey (10-6, 3.21 ERA) takes the mound for the Blue Jays. The soft-tossing right-hander is facing the Yankees for the second time in as many starts. He held them scoreless over 6 1/3 innings on Sunday, and he has a 4.50 ERA in three career games against New York.