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Sports Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey sports news from The Associated Press

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 last night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances. Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish. David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win.

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin. New York selected the contract of right-hander Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before last night's game against Texas. The move adds a fresh arm to the bullpen following a 14-inning victory Tuesday night.

SEATTLE (AP) - The New York Mets held off a late rally to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 yesterday. Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning. Colon improved to 13-1 all-time at Safeco Field.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 last night. Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco's runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings. One night after blowing just his third save in 26 chances, closer Jonathan Papelbon took the loss. The Phillies' offense managed just seven hits. They lost their fourth straight and seventh of eight.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Creating chemistry is a primary goal for the New York Giants secondary. Antrel Rolle has a Super Bowl ring. So does Prince Amukamara. And newcomer Walter Thurmond. NFL veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Zack Bowman, Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps and Trumaine McBride know the ropes. Now, they all need to blend together.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan says it's time for the New York Jets to improve as a team, as they prepare for the start of training camp practices. Players checked into the SUNY Cortland dormitory yesterday. Ryan says he feels "incredible" about his team, but adds that "talking won't get it done."

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent defensive end Jason Babin, giving Rex Ryan's defense a veteran pass rusher. Babin had 7 1/2 sacks last season for Jacksonville, and was released in the offseason.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy. The fourth pick in the 2013 draft will be eligible to return to the Eagles' active roster September 29th. He will miss games against Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Washington and San Francisco.

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers have agreed on a two-year deal. For the second straight day, the Rangers avoided arbitration with a restricted free-agent forward. The 23-year-old made a deal yesterday morning with an average salary of $2.475 million, moments before the scheduled hearing. He will receive $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million during 2015-16.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The New York Liberty beat the Los Angeles Sparks last night. Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter scored 16 points as the Liberty snapped an eight-game road losing streak. Nneka Ogwumike led the Sparks with 23 points and eight rebounds.

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