Sports Briefs April 18

sports3AP (ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 yesterday. Texas lost the opener of the four-game series on Monday night, but won the last three. Robinson Cano homered for the Mariners. He's in a 3-for-18 slump. Right-hander Brandon Maurer will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to start for the injury-plagued Mariners on Sunday.

AP (NEW YORK) -- Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for a first testing violation for PEDs to 80 games. MLB says that Choi tested positive for methandienone, a controlled substance popular with bodybuilders.

AP (SAN DIEGO) -- Franklin Morales allowed four hits in six innings and Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking groundout in a three-run seventh, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 3-1 yesterday. Morales (1-1) allowed a solo homer to Xavier Nady leading off the fourth, a drive off the facing of the second deck in left field, and Ian Kennedy (1-2) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh.

AP (PORTLAND, Ore.) -- After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break. Portland, which finished as the fifth seed in the West, faces the Rockets in the opening round of the playoffs with Game 1 set for Sunday night in Houston. The Blazers haven't been to the playoffs since the 2011.