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Yankees nip Braves, earn 2nd straight series sweep

Yankees nip Braves, earn 2nd straight series sweep

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning Wednesday night and the New York Yankees finished up their second straight three-game sweep with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves stranded 13 runners on base, including two in the eighth inning when Cody Eppley got Martin Prado to ground into a double play and one in the ninth after Chipper Jones hit a two-out single and Rafael Soriano retired Jason Heyward on a pop out to end the game.

Derek Jeter had two hits and two runs scored and Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) struck out eight batters in six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and two walks to remain unbeaten in his last four starts.

Boone Logan, Eppley and Soriano held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way as the Yankees improved to 9-1 in their last 10 games and 16-4 in their last 20. They were coming off a three-game sweep of the Mets.

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

Falcons prepare for Minicamp

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga -- The OTAs are winding down at the Atlanta Falcons' headquarters in Flowery Branch.  The voluntary off season workouts have been well attended and the participation looks to be paying off.

With new Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, the team has spent the past few weeks digesting changes that are being put in place for the 2012 season.  Wide receiver Harry Douglas is glad the changes are taking place this year rather than last summer, when the NFL teams were locked out.  Douglas has spent time working special teams as a punt returner during OTAs and says "I did it some during my roookie season and fell in love with it."  It will be something to watch for during training camp.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Mike Smith was pleased with the level of participation and what the team has accomplished during the OTAs and says the upcoming Minicamp will be a continuation of what has been taking place the past few weeks.

A-Rod hits slam, Yankees beat Braves 6-4

A-Rod hits slam, Yankees beat Braves 6-4

ATLANTA -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam, matching Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig's record, and the New York Yankees scored six runs in the eighth inning to rally for a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Cory Gearrin two batters after Rodriguez connected against Jonny Venters.

CC Sabathia (8-3) left trailing 4-0 after seven innings but was the beneficiary of the rally. The big lefty gave up four runs on a season-high 10 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The Yankees, who began the night tied with Tampa Bay for the AL East lead, matched their season high with their fifth straight win. They have won 10 of 12.

The Braves, who wasted a strong start by Mike Minor, have lost three straight.

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Jamal Lewis bankruptcy hearing delayed

Jamal Lewis bankruptcy hearing delayed

ATLANTA -- A bankruptcy court hearing in Atlanta for former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis has been delayed.

Lewis filed for bankruptcy in April, listing $14.5 million in assets and $10.6 million in debts. The 32-year-old retired in 2009 after nine seasons with the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. His off-the-field investments have included trucking, hotels, theme parks and resort projects.

The case's trustee had filed a motion seeking to convert the case to a Chapter 7 filing, where the trustee can sell off assets. At a hearing Tuesday, the trustee asked that another hearing be scheduled following a creditors' meeting in June.  A new hearing was set for July 10.

[VIDEO] Atlanta Steeplechase 2012

[VIDEO] Atlanta Steeplechase 2012

ATL Profile host Christopher Martin catches all of the action at the 2012 Atlanta Steeplechase.  [READ ON]