Sabathia (16-7) struck out nine, gave up seven hits and walked one.

YANKEES-RIVERA INJURY Rivera has groin injury, could miss several days

BALTIMORE (AP) — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has soreness in his left groin, and injury that could sideline the pitcher through the weekend.

Rivera said he first began to feel sore on Aug. 15 in Seattle. He has pitched in five games since then, including Monday and Tuesday, when he recorded his 37th and 38th saves against Baltimore.

But Yankees manager said Rivera was not going to pitch in the finale Wednesday regardless of the score, adding that it was likely the right-hander would be held out of the four-game series in Toronto that begins Thursday.

Rivera leads the majors in saves and has converted a personal-best 34 in a row.

METS-ROCKIES Giambi wastes no time helping Rockies

DENVER (AP) — Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit two-run single off Brian Stokes broke an eighth-inning tie and powered the Colorado Rockies past the New York Mets 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Giambi’s first hit for the Rockies made a winner of Ubaldo Jimenez, who outdueled right-hander Tim Redding and kept Colorado atop the NL wild-card race by a game over San Francisco. The Giants won at Philadelphia behind newcomer Brad Penny’s eight shutout innings earlier Wednesday night.

With the bases full and the crowd on its feet waving white giveaway T-shirts, Giambi, pinch-hitting for Clint Barmes, lined Stokes’ first offering into center field just over the outstretched glove of a leaping shortstop Anderson Hernandez, making it 4-2.

DRUG LIST Federal judge orders MLB drug evidence preserved

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals judge has ordered the preservation of all evidence that allegedly shows 104 Major League Baseball players tested positive for steroids in 2003.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month ruled that federal agents wrongly seized the material from drug testing labs when they were authorized only to take evidence related to 10 players listed in their search warrant.

If the ruling stands, the baseball players’ association will be free to order the destruction of all the test results and related material, except for the 10 players listed in the warrant.

On Wednesday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski — who wrote last month’s ruling chastising the government — delayed implementing the ruling until the government decides whether to appeal to the Supreme Court.

JETS-HARTSOCK Agent: Jets sign veteran TE Hartsock

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed veteran Ben Hartsock to a one-year deal, filling their need for a blocking tight end, his agent told The Associated Press.

Hartsock, who spent last season with Atlanta, signed with the Jets on Wednesday, a day after the Falcons released him, agent Mike McCartney said.

The Jets, who hadn’t yet announced the signing, also waived punter Glenn Pakulak.

Hartsock played his first two seasons with Indianapolis and also played two seasons with Tennessee. He has 27 catches for 273 yards in five seasons, but will be counted on to be the blocking complement to pass-receiving tight end Dustin Keller.

US OPEN-FEDERER Federer reaches Open’s 3rd round in straight sets

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer has stretched his U.S. Open winning streak to 36 matches by reaching the third round.

The top-seeded Federer beat 65th-ranked Simon Greul of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 Wednesday night before a night-session record crowd of 24,206.

Federer is trying to become the first man since Bill Tilden in the 1920s to win the American Grand Slam tournament six years in a row.

Next up for Federer: a match against 2001 U.S. Open champion Lleyton Hewitt. The 31st-seeded Hewitt beat Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

Federer has won 13 consecutive matches against Hewitt, including victories over the Australian in the 2004 final and 2005 semifinals at Flushing Meadows.

US OPEN-SWILLIAMS Serena joins Venus in 3rd round at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams has joined her sister in the U.S. Open’s third round with a dominating victory.

The No. 2-seeded Williams was pretty close to perfect in beating 51st-ranked Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour Wednesday night.

Williams is seeking her fourth U.S. Open championship and 12th Grand Slam singles title overall. The American is trying to become the first woman to win consecutive titles at Flushing Meadows since her older sister Venus in 2000-01.

The siblings could play each other in the semifinals. Venus Williams won earlier Wednesday, eliminating Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States 6-4, 6-2.

AMERICA’S CUP America’s Cup rules spat headed back to court

NEW YORK (AP) — America’s Cup challenger BMW Oracle Racing has gone back to a New York court in an attempt to stop what it calls the unfair manipulation of the rules by defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland.

The San Francisco-based syndicate is asking the Supreme Court of the State of New York to keep the Swiss from issuing rules that would disqualify the American trimaran. It also is asking a judge to make public a secret agreement the Swiss signed with the International Sailing Federation.

It’s the latest action in a bitter, convoluted legal spat that’s lasted more than two years. The rivals are scheduled for a best-of-3 showdown in massive multihulls in February in Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, for the oldest trophy in international sports.

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