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

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory over the Texas Rangers last night, in spite of J.P. Arencibia's seven RBIs. Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 last night. Cole Hamels pitched eight shutout innings and finally got some run support when Chase Utley hit a grand slam. Hamels has won three straight starts. For a while, it looked as though this one might end like his last two, 2-1 wins over the Braves and Giants. But with the Phillies up 2-0 and two outs in the seventh, Mets starter Dillon Gee suddenly lost his control.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Liberty beat the Washington Mystics 80-76 last night. Tina Charles scored 23 points, Sugar Rodgers had five points and two huge defensive plays in overtime. The Liberty blew a 15-point lead in the third quarter before pulling out their fourth win in five games.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 last night. Cole Hamels pitched eight shutout innings and finally got some run support when Chase Utley hit a grand slam. Hamels has won three straight starts for the first time in nearly two years.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin got together before practice yesterday and aired their frustrations. The first-round draft choice out of LSU has been sidelined since the first day of training camp when he aggravated a hamstring injury.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - New York Jets rookie safety Calvin Pryor sat out practice yesterday while he recovers from a concussion. Head coach Rex Ryan says the first-round pick is "making strides." Pryor was hurt during a kickoff return on Saturday and is going through the NFL-mandated protocol on head injuries.

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan likes the outward confidence his players are showing in training camp, saying it's "a good sign" for his team. Ryan has always been known to make bold proclamations since becoming coach in 2009. While he has toned down some of the bravado in recent seasons, his players have stepped in for him.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - FC Dallas has traded midfielder Andrew Jacobson to expansion New York City FC for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The deal was announced yesterday, about eight months before New York's newest team starts play at Yankee Stadium in March. Jacobson becomes the fifth player on the expansion team's roster.

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