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Wings believe they can force Sharks to Game 7

Wings believe they can force Sharks to Game 7

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ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are confident they will beat the Sharks for a third straight time and force a Game 7.The Red Wings arrived home Monday after avoiding elimination in San Jose, and Detroit coach Mike Babcock was asked if he hoped to get back on the team plane one more time."We're getting on it," Babcock said.The Red Wings must beat the Sharks on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal series to make a trip back to San Jose necessary on Thursday.Detroit general manager Ken Holland seemed to like Babcock's boast."That's what's got us to this point," Holland said. "When we were down 3-0, nobody wanted to go home."We plan to be flying back for Game 7."The Sharks, of course, want to force the Red Wings to make other plans."You try to eliminate teams when you have a chance to," San Jose forward Joe Thornton said. "So we're going to go in there and try to eliminate them. That's the game plan."San Jose's chances to end Detroit's comeback will probably improve if Patrick Marleau and Thornton, its top two scorers during the regular season, lead the way.Marleau is pointless through five games and Thornton has been held to a one assist since the Sharks surged to a 3-0 series lead in the second-round rematch.Former Sharks player and current analyst Jeremy Roenick called Marleau "gutless" on national television after Game 5, but Marleau refused to fire back."I can't control what people say or anything like that," Marleau said.Marleau, who had two goals and five points in the first round against Los Angeles, defended his play against Detroit."I think I've done some really good things," he said "They haven't showed up on the score sheet, but there's another game to play."The Red Wings hope there are two more games, giving them an opportunity to do something for the first time in their storied history.Detroit has never won a series after losing the first three games, but only three NHL teams have: Philadelphia last year, the New York Islanders in 1975, and Toronto in 1942. The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks won three straight to force a Game 7 in Vancouver in the first round this year, but then lost to the top-seeded Canucks.The second-seeded Sharks and third-seeded Red Wings have combined for an entertaining, highly competitive series in which the difference in each game has been one goal.San Jose has lost the past two games 4-3, blowing a 3-1 lead at home in the third period on Sunday night after rallying to win Game 3 in overtime in Detroit."It was tough to go to bed (Sunday) night knowing we gave one away, but it's a new day," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said Monday morning, when the team flew from San Jose into gloomy skies. "I guess you have to try to be positive and look ahead, and that's what we're going to do."The Red Wings might have to do something they hadn't planned on, putting veteran forward Mike Modano in the lineup because Johan Franzen reinjured his left ankle in Game 5. Babcock said Modano will be on the ice if Franzen can't play."Modano is chomping at the bit," Holland said.Pavel Datsyuk wouldn't acknowledge if he aggravated his right wrist that was broken in December. The Russian only said that he is looking forward to getting back on the Red Wings' plane for Game 7."Have good seats," Datsyuk said.

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

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Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.

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Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.