Sports Minute: Here is the latest New Jersey sports news from The Associated Press - My9 New Jersey

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

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NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Howard drove in three runs and Marlon Byrd homered as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 7-2 last night. The Phillies batted around in the sixth, scoring five runs off Bartolo Colon on seven hits - all singles. Journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight.

TORONTO (AP) -The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-0 yesterday. Mark Teixeira's fourth-inning double was the only hit allowed by Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison (9-11), who walked two and struck out nine. Aaron Sanchez retired all six batters he faced for his first major league save.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Jets have released suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson, ending a bizarre week that began when he left the team before its preseason game against the Giants on August 22nd. The move yesterday came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Giants have placed one-time Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham and free agent signee Trindon Holliday on injured reserve in reaching the 53-man roster limit. The Giants announced that backup quarterback Curtis Painter, fullback John Conner, running back Michael Cox and receiver Julian Talley - members of last year's team - were among the 22 roster moves.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles have released 19 players, including kicker Alex Henery. Rookie Cody Parkey was impressive in a 37-7 win over the Jets on Thursday night, nailing kicks from 54, 53 and 25 yards and making Henery expendable. Also among those released were cornerbacks Curtis Marsh and Roc Carmichael, both of whom were on the 2013 roster, running backs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey, and wide receiver Damaris Johnson.

NEW YORK (AP) - Bidding for a third consecutive U.S. Open title, Serena Williams moved into the fourth round by beating 52nd-ranked Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3 Saturday. The top ranked and seeded Williams has faced American opponents in all three of her matches this week while extending her overall winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 17.

NEW YORK (AP) - Eighth-seeded Andy Murray overcame a mid-match lull and beat 96th-ranked Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-1, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Saturday in the U.S. Open's third round. Murray, who dealt with severe cramping in his first-round victory Monday, awkwardly pulled up after some shots in the third set, wincing and grimacing occasionally.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - Kwabena Asante scored four touchdowns as Monmouth racked up its most points in a season opener to steamroll Delaware State 52-21 on Saturday. Asante became the first Big South player to score four TDs in a season opener. He had scoring runs of 7, 13 and 14 yards as well as an 18-yard TD pass from Brandon Hill.

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