ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 13-5 on Monday. Steve Smith Sr. Jersey . Freeman put the Braves ahead with a two-run double off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Freeman made it 6-1 with a three-run homer a dozen rows deep into the right-field seats in the second. Jordan Schafer got four hits and stole three bases for Atlanta before leaving with a lower back strain. Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs. The NL East-leading Braves, who matched their season high for runs, have won seven of eight. Freeman is hitting .349 (23 of 66) with five homers and 16 RBIs against the Mets this season. Paul Maholm (10-10) snapped his four-game losing streak. He yielded three runs on six hits and three walks and needed 100 pitches to make it through five innings. Matsuzaka (0-3) lasted only three innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. He has a 10.95 ERA in three starts since signing with the Mets. Josh Satin hit two doubles for New York. The Mets, who lost at Washington on Sunday night, arrived at their team hotel in Atlanta about 4 a.m. on Monday, followed by luggage about 30 minutes later. That left players only a few hours to sleep before the bus trip to Turner Field for the 1:10 p.m. first pitch. The 32-year-old Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Aug. 20 and signed with the Mets two days later. He is 0-7 in his last eight starts since Sept. 2, 2012, with Boston. Simmons double in the fifth off Gonzalez Germen drove in Chris Johnson and B.J. Upton. Justin Upton doubled off Pedro Feliciano in the sixth and scored on Brian McCanns single. B.J. Uptons double drove in McCann for a 10-3 lead. Matsuzaka had an RBI single in the second. Zach Lutz had a pinch-hit double in the Mets two-run fourth. NOTES: The Braves said Schafer is day to day with a lower back strain. ... Atlanta also scored 13 runs in a 13-3 win at Philadelphia on July 6. ... Matsuzaka recorded his first career RBI with a single in the second. ... The Braves recalled RHP Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett. ... The series continues Tuesday night when Braves RHP Kris Medlen faces Mets RHP Carlos Torres. Josh Bynes Jersey . Forsman closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Sunday for his third Champions Tour title. He beat Jay Don Blake by two shots. Matthew Judon Jersey .K. Subban has picked the right time of the year to go on an offensive tear.Jenson Button believes he is as good as it gets when it comes to delivering on and off the track in Formula 1 - and new drivers will find it difficult to be the full package. The 36-year-old spoke to Sky Sports F1 ahead of the Australian GP about his future with McLaren, and was also asked whether his personable character in the paddock gave the impression that he wasnt angry, or hungry enough, to succeed.Button, who enjoys a strong relationship with sponsors such as Santander, claims he doesnt need to prove his desire to anyone after 16 years in the sport and that newcomers on the grid will discover that its not just about being fast. Jenson Button speaks to Damon Hill about re-signing with McLaren and the state of F1 If you cant be a different person out of the car, thats a weakness, the 2009 world champion told Sky F1s Damon Hill in an exclusive interview.I personally feel that when you get in the car you are a certain type of person. You give it your all, you give it your maximum and I feel that theres no one better than me at doing that through a race weekend. When is Bahrain GP on Sky? All the times you need for the second race of the 2016 season. When youre out of the car, you have to be a different personnality or else the sponsors dont want to work with you, the partners dont want to work with you and your career is very short, however good you are on track. Marcus Robinson Jersey. ou need to be the full package and thats something you work over time and thats something the new kids will have to learn very quickly with the way the business this is. Its not the easiest place to find sponsors and partners in the sport for teams. They need drivers that are not only quick on the circuit but are publicly very good, very confident and someone they can relate to.Button almost quit the sport last season but says he was convinced to renew his partnership with Fernando Alonso, 35, after McLaren and Honda proved they were serious about returning to the front of the grid.A keen triathlete, Button now sees no reason why he and his Spanish team-mate cant remain in F1 for many years to come and doubts younger drivers will be able to have as long a stay. Id be surprised if the 18, 19-year-olds who come into the sport now could have a 17-year long career in the sport, because the world has changed. I think thats where Ive been lucky - Ive been able to grow over the years, not just into a good racing driver but the full package that you need to succeed in the sport.Its the same with Fernando. Its why weve been around for so long and why teams still want us to race for them even though were old at 35 and 36. 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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Joe Stydahar Jersey . -- Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan will play preseason games in the United States. Inter Milan, AS Roma and Olympiakos also will be part of what is billed as the Guinness International Champions Cup, to be played from July 26 to Aug. 4, with the final at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens. Additional venues for the games include Arlington, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Denver; East Rutherford, New Jersey, and/or New York; Glendale, Arizona; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Washington. Two additional cities are to be announced Feb. 20. Some players may not be with their clubs because of the World Cup, which ends July 13. Link Lyman Jersey . PAUL, Minn – The clock lingered for what seemed like an interminable two minutes and 51 seconds before Mark Fraser finally escaped to the bench during a wildly one-sided first period of an eventual loss to Boston. James Daniels Jersey .C. -- When Michael Jordan speaks, people still listen.PITTSBURGH - The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins will try to push their season-best winning streak to seven games when they host the Calgary Flames in Saturdays matinee clash at CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh has won six in a row and 11 of its last 12 games to open a big lead atop the Metropolitan Division. With 53 points, the Penguins are 12 points ahead of Washington for the divisions top spot and Pittsburgh also is five points in front of Boston for the Eastern Conference lead. Despite battling a rash of injuries, the Pens posted their two most recent wins on back-to-back nights, beating the New York Rangers on the road in a 4-3 shootout on Wednesday before downing the visiting Minnesota Wild by a 5-2 score on Thursday. The decisive victory over the Wild was the ninth straight win on home ice for the Pens, who are off to a stellar 16-3-0 mark as the host this season. If history is any indication, Pittsburgh has a good chance to make it 10 straight home wins this afternoon. The Pens are 12-1-0 with two ties in their last 15 home games against the Flames, and Calgary has lost eight of 10 overall in this series. Pittsburgh is currently dealing with injuries to star forward Evgeni Malkin and defensemen Kris Letang, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi. With their top-four blueliners out of the lineup on Thursday, rookie defenseman Olli Maatta took charge in the win over Minnesota. Maatta scored a key short-handed goal on a penalty shot and collected one assist, helping the Penguins post a 5-2 decision over the Wild. A first-round pick (22nd overall) in the 2012 draft, the 19-year-old Maatta has three goals and eight assists in 37 games this season. The Finnish prospect has done most of his damage recently, notching seven points (2 goals, 5 asssists) over his last 10 outings. Harlon Hill Jersey . Maatta became only the second defenseman in Penguins history to score on a penalty shot after he was hooked on a breakaway by Minnesotas Jonas Brodin at 7:54 of the third period. He came in wide from the right side and snapped a wrister that trickled across the goal line to give Pittsburgh a 5-2 lead. "Ive tried that move in practice a few times. Its the only move I have," Maatta said. "I thought (Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom) got it at first. Then I saw it go in so I was pretty excited." Chris Kunitz had two goals for the Penguins, while Jeff Zatkoff made 24 saves for the win. Malkin is questionable for todays game, while Letang, Martin, Orpik and Scuderi are out. While Pittsburgh aims for its 10th straight home win on Saturday, the Flames will try to halt a three-game road slide. Calgary began a five-game road trip with last Saturdays overtime win in Buffalo, but Bob Hartleys club has gone 0-1-2 since. The Flames played Thursday evening in Detroit and was dealt a 3-2 overtime loss by the Red Wings, who won after Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game just 63 seconds into the extra session. Detroit got a power play when Calgary defenseman TJ Brodie was whistled for hooking with 42 seconds left in regulation. On the ensuing power play, Pavel Datsyuk fed Alfredsson for a one-timer in the slot and the veteran ripped the shot past Karri Ramo. Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano both scored for Calgary. Ramo stopped 35 shots in defeat. After closing its road trip on Saturday, Calgary will play its next five games at the Saddledome, beginning with Mondays game against St. Louis. The Flames are 7-9-3 as the guest this season and 6-7-3 at home. ' ' '