DENVER -- The Milwaukee Brewers and newly acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez have reworked his contract to alter the terms of a US$17.5 million option for next year. The Brewers said Friday the sides agreed to change an option for next season from one that would have vested once Rodriguez finished 55 games to a straight mutual option. If both sides dont agree to exercise the option then Rodriguez will get a $4 million buyout, an increase from $3.5 million. Rodriguez was acquired from the New York Mets following Tuesdays all-star game in exchange for cash and two players to be named. He already had finished 34 games with the Mets, leaving him 21 games shy of fulfilling the vesting requirement when he was dealt to Milwaukee. With the contract revision, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Fridays game at Colorado that he feels no limitations in how he can bring Rodriguez out of the bullpen. "From my point of view and that of the staff, it will be nicer on us," he said. 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Greg Dobbs hit a three-run home run, and Ed Lucas and Chris Coghlan each had four hits and two RBIs for the Marlins, who tied a season-high with 16 hits and swept the Mets in Miami for the first time since May 28-30, 2004 outscoring the Mets 24-8 in the series. "The last three games have been pretty fun to watch," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Its a different atmosphere (in the clubhouse) and definitely guys turned it up the last three days and hopefully we can keep it going." It was the first sweep for Miami since taking three from Philadelphia from June 29-July 1, 2012. "Its tough to sweep any series in the big leagues," Redmond said. Ike Davis homered and drove in three runs, and Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla also hit homers for New York, which came to Miami on a five-game winning streak including a four-game sweep over the Yankees. "Getting swept is not fun especially after sweeping the Yankees and feeling pretty good and then get our butt beat," Davis said. Mets starter Matt Harvey had a 1.85 ERA coming into the game, but battled through five innings allowing season-highs in hits (10) and runs (four) in his shortest start of the season. He walked five and struck out two. "That was certainly not the Matt Harvey that we know and accustomed to seeing," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He had to work very, very hard even to get five innings in." "Im not happy about the start at all," Harvey said. "There are very slight amount of positives that I take from today. Ive got to be better and move on. ... Im excited to face them again on Friday." Still, Harvey left the game with a 6-4 lead and was relieved by Scott Rice (3-4), who issued three consecutive walks with one out in the sixth. Ozuna took advantage of Rices lack of control with a two-run double to left to tie the game at 6-all. "I thought I made a good pitch, but he was ablle to go down and get it," Rice said.dddddddddddd "I looked at the replay on it, the pitch was down, he just dug it out and you tip your cap I guess. He got me." Coghlans RBI groundout gave the Marlins a 7-6 lead after leading 3-0 and 4-1 earlier in the game. "After we got the lead, I think when they got it right back, it was kind of deflating part of the game," Collins said. Lucas, who made his Major League debut on Thursday after 10 years in the Minors, had an RBI double before Dobbs hit a three-run homer in the eighth to cap the scoring for the Marlins. "Its been an unbelievable ride thus far," Lucas said. Kevin Slowey started for Miami and allowed six runs in 4 1-3 innings. Wade LeBlanc (1-5) pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings in relief for the win. After the game the Marlins announced that LeBlanc will be designated for assignment on Monday. Ozuna, who went 0 for 3 on Saturday ending the Majors longest hitting streak, hit a two-run triple in his first at-bat. Coglan followed with a bloop double to score Ozuna for an early 3-0 lead. Dudas 10th home run of the season cut the deficit to 3-1. Lucas had an RBI single in the second to push the Marlins lead to 4-1. Quintanillas solo home run pulled the Mets within a run before Davis hit a two-run home run to centre field to tie the game at 4-all in the fourth. After LeBlanc relieved Slowey, Marlon Byrd and Davis delivered back-to-back RBI singles to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. NOTES: Harveys previous shortest start also came against the Marlins when he allowed one run in 5 1-3 innings at Miami on April 29. ... Mets LHP Jonathon Niese (shoulder) is expected to re-join the starting rotation on Saturday if his bullpen session goes well on Tuesday. ... After the game the Marlins optioned OF Jordan Brown to Triple-A New Orleans and 1B Casey Kotchman (hamstring) will be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday. "Ill be excited to put this uniform on and play," Kotchman said. In addition, LHP Edgar Olmos will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to replace LeBlanc. ... Miami will send RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22 ERA) to the mound against the Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27 ERA). ... The Mets are off on Monday and will begin a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday with RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.74 ERA) on the hill against RHP Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 2.37 ERA). ' ' '
LOS ANGELES -- The Memphis Grizzlies got down in the trenches again and grabbed home-court advantage from the Los Angeles Clippers. Zach Randolph scored 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies capitalized on Blake Griffins ankle injury to beat the Clippers 103-93 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series. "It certainly feels better than going home down 2-3," coach Lionel Hollins said. Mike Conley added 20 points for the Grizzlies, who will try to wrap it up Friday night at home. The Pacific Division champion Clippers, who won their last seven games of the regular season to clinch home-court advantage for the first two rounds, would force a deciding seventh game on Sunday back at Staples Center with a win in Memphis. "Were not going to lay down and were never going to give up," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Were going to play hard, play together and try to do what we can to make it work. Weve got to regroup and see how healthy we can get between now and then." Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 35 points, tying a career playoff high. "Weve got to be desperate. Thats how it is," Paul said. "Ive said the playoffs dont start till somebody loses at home, so I guess now theyve started. We lost here at home. Now its do or die in Memphis." Griffin was late joining teammates on the floor for warm-ups because he was getting his right ankle worked on. The three-time All-Star rolled it during Mondays practice when he stepped on Lamar Odoms foot during post drills, but no one in the organization let on, and Del Negro didnt broach the subject during his pregame briefing with reporters. "I kept being optimistic," Griffin said. "Our training staff did a great job giving me treatment. Ive never had a high ankle sprain before." Once the game started, Griffin ignored the ankle issue and attacked the Grizzlies in the same reckless manner that has been his trademark since he came into the league. But he played only 19 minutes -- six in the second half -- and finished with four points, five rebounds and five assists. He also got a technical foul from referee Jason Phillips just 3 minutes into the game after scoring on a fastbreak layup and shoving centre Marc Gasols arm. "Its tough. B.G. tried to give it a go, like we all knew he would," Paul said. "Right now were fighting for our lives. Its a tough blow, but what can you do? Weve got to find a way to get through it and figure it out. Thats what the playoffs are all about. "We tried to come out with some energy. Weve just got to find a way to get everyone involved. As a point guard, Ive got to find a way." Gasol finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in a foul-plagued 31 1-2 minutes. He picked up his fifth with 5:39 left in the third quarter, and still managed to be a factor in the fourth. "We won with defence," Gasol said. "Zach did an amazing job under the basket, but defensively is how we won the game." Memphis took its biggest lead, 65-52, on Conleys three-point play with 6:28 left in the third quarter. The Grizzlies opened the fourth with a 73-65 advantage before the Clippers closed on Pauls layup and Matt Barnes fastbreak slam off a long pass by Jamal Crawford. From then on, it was up to Paul and the reserves to bail out the Clippers. But Randolph was too much to deal with again, following his dominant efforts in Games 3 and 4. "We knew these guys were going to come out firing, which they did," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "Our whole thing was just keeping our composure, playing hard, playing together and not letting those guys get those lobs and the highlight stuff that they normally do. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were huge for us." Tayshaun Prince helped wrap it up with a layup and a 3-pointer in the final minutes after the Clippers got within five on a short jumper by Crawford with 1:49 remaining. "I thought we withstood the early barrages of energy that they had," Hollins said. "In the second quarter we set the tone of the game with our defence and we played with that the rest of the game. After Marc got his fifth foul, Zach took over and carried us with his big plays and Prince hit a couple of big shots." During a bruising opening half, 24 fouls were called and neither team led by more than four until Gasols three-point play gave the Grizzlies a 46-40 margin with 2:35 left. Griffin picked up his third foul on the play and his second in a span of 28 seconds. One key sequence came when Conley hit an off-balance 11-foot bank shot with 1:08 left in the half and Clippers reserve centre Ryan Hollins threw the ensuing inbounds pass right to Randolph. Moments later, Conley converted two free throws to give Memphis a nine-point lead 48 seconds before intermission. "I dont try to match anybody. I am just playing my game," Conley said. "A lot of guys are going to try and get 40 on us. I just try to stay within myself and the teams game." With the sellout crowd of 19,384 urging him on, Paul responded with a 3-pointer. His driving layup was blocked by Prince at the end of the half. NOTES: The Grizzlies committed only four turnovers during the first three quarters, none of which were converted into points by the Clippers. ... Memphis G Keyon Dooling returned to the lineup after missing Game 4 because of a strained muscle in his neck. ... Griffin did not get to the free throw line after going 18 for 22 in the first four games. He shot a career-high 66 per cent during the regular season. ... LAs Chauncey Billups only field goal was a 3-pointer. 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"He scores in so many different ways," Anderson said of Anthony. "We tried to throw as many different looks at him as we could but Melos going to be Melo and he knocked down some pretty tough shots." Anthony poured in 37 for the Knicks, who shot 10-of-22 from three-point range as a team. Gay headed straight for the locker room late in the first half and remained for the rest of the game, receiving treatment on his ailing back. "I saw it when it happened," Casey said. "He stepped and got pushed at the same time and tweaked it." Fast Breaking Points - Why you match-up For the third time this season, Casey opted to start Landry Fields against his former team in an attempt to match-up with Anthony and the small Knicks unit that was even smaller on Friday without the injured Tyson Chandler. In an ideal scenario, every coach should be confident enough with his group to force the oppositions hand in regards to match-ups however thats simply not the case for a young team well below .500. In this instance, the Raptors frontcourt rotation -- as it is usually pieced together -- would have been over its head against a superior Knicks offence that is very good at what it does best. As Anthony keeps the defence occupied New Yorks many shooters spread the floor well, swing the ball and generate open looks, something they did to perfection on Friday, especially in the first half. This style of basketball wont be effective every night but when their shooters are locked in theyre exceptionally difficult to defend while youre also focused on the many ways in which Anthony can beat you. "Ive guarded everybody so Ive seen everything," Anderson boasted, discussing his match-up with Anthony. "Hes going to make tough shots, Im just there to make the shots tough." On this night the adjustment did not pay off. Although Fields had done an admirable -- at times impressive -- job on Anthony in the first two meetings, there was no answer for him this time around. Anderson challenged him aggressively down the stretch but the results were similar. Additionally, Jonas Valanciunas -- who continues to experience growing pains defensively as his minutes increase -- had a tough time keeping up with the smaller and more experienced Kenyon Martin (19 points, 11 rebounds). The decision to adapt to the strengths of the opposition may not be a popular one but unless youre good and experienced enough to impose your will, its probably the wise one. The Stat: The Knicks outscored Toronto by 10 in the second quarter, shooting 53 per cent from the field and 4-for-7 from three-point range while the Raptors were held to 25 per cent on 2-of-8 from long distance. - Anderson and the comeback Weve seen this from him before. Anderson has worked hard on his jumper and has become a very good shooter. Hes also a streaky shooter, evident from the many peaks and valleys hes experienced offensively this season. On Friday, he was as locked in as ever. Most of the damage came in the third quarter, where he literally could not miss, shooting a perfect 6-for-6 from the field (including 3--of-3 from long range).dddddddddddd The Raptors offence, which was on life support in the first half, came to life around Anderson. Kyle Lowry -- 9 points, 10 assists -- hit a couple big threes in the third quarter and DeMar DeRozan came to life, scoring half of his 18 in the final period. Toronto nearly clawed all the way back, narrowing the Knicks lead to two midway through the fourth before Anthony and Martin silenced the run with timely shots and big offensive rebounds. In the end the Knicks spoiled Andersons career night. "It feels real good personally," he said about his performance after the loss. "But when you cant get the win you wish you did a little more." So far this season, Anderson has scored 20 or more points against some impressive company that includes the Knicks (twice), Heat, Thunder, Bulls, Rockets and Bucks (as well as the Kings). Sure, the Raptors are 2-7 in those games but when you consider their overall record and the fact that the list above consists of some elite teams, thats probably to be expected. "Hes a veteran, hes been through the wars [and] nothing intimidates him," Casey said of Anderson. "Hes one of our older, elder statesmen with experience and that shows in those situations. Nothing excites him, hes seen every defence. Nobodys going to intimidate him. Hes not going to get overly frustrated and let something take him out of the game. Thats how he plays [and] in this league thats what wins." When his jumpers not falling, Anderson tends to struggle with shot selection often forcing his game and trying to do too much at the expense of the offence. That is the only thing that could potentially hold him back from being a significant part of somebodys rotation next season and in the future. With that said, his energy, defensive intensity, work ethic and leadership abilities -- on and off the floor -- have been consistently strong all year. Those intangibles, on top of the big games hes put up against potential future employers this year, should earn him a substantial raise in the offseason. Based on salary cap restrictions and Torontos surplus of wing players, his next chapter will likely be written elsewhere. However, when you consider what was expected of him this season and the fact that he didnt sign his first 10-day contract with team until Mar. 26 of last year, its safe to say he has gone above and beyond for the Raptors. Notables and Quotables Gay did not travel with the team to New York and wont play in Saturdays rematch against the Knicks. Hell remain in Toronto to receive treatment on his sore back and will be considered day-to-day. ... Chandler missed his fifth straight game with a strained neck. The Knicks were also without Amare Stoudemire (knee), Kurt Thomas (foot) and Rasheed Wallace (foot). ... Toronto has lost three straight and 10 of its last 13 games. ... The Raptors failed to record 20 assists (19) for the fifth consecutive contest. ... With 10 points and seven boards, Jonas Valanciunas has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games and has grabbed six or more rebounds in seven straight contests. Former Raptors centre Marcus Camby celebrated his 39th birthday on Friday (he was traded from Toronto as a 24-year-old) and guard Jason Kidd turns 40 on Saturday. "If we approach[ed] the first half the way we did the second half and not tip-toe our way through, its a different game." -- Casey "We were competing but we just werent getting anything done. We werent getting stops, we were missing wide open looks." -- Casey on the first half "He has an offensive mind-set. He has a great shot, he comes in and gives us a great lift and hes been doing that all season long." -- Amir Johnson on Anderson Up Next In the second game of a home-and-home set, the Raptors travel to Madison Square Garden for a rematch with the Knicks on Saturday. ' ' '