A's Salvage DH Split With 2-0 Win Over Mariners

Fill-in starter Drew Pomeranz pitched five scoreless innings for his second win in his past 20 starts and the Oakland Athletics salvaged a split of a doubleheader by beating the Seattle Mariners 2-0 in the nightcap Wednesday. The Mariners overcame a shaky start from ace Felix Hernandez to win the opener 6-4 on Justin Smoak's two-out single in the 10th inning. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight day and Craig Gentry scored from first on a single by Jed Lowrie to help the A's snap a six-game home losing streak. Pomeranz (2-1) was sharp in his first major league start since last July, allowing two hits and no walks in five innings with five strikeouts. Pomeranz won just one of his final 19 starts with Colorado, leading to an offseason trade to the A's where he has pitched well in relief. May 8, 2014

Midwest League Team Overcomes 16-Run Deficit, Wins

A minor league team of the Seattle Mariners has pulled off a major rally, coming back from a 16-run deficit to win in the Class A Midwest League. The Clinton LumberKings trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings Wednesday night in the game between clubs based in Iowa. Clinton wound up winning 20-17 in 12 innings. Clinton scored six runs in the sixth inning, five in the eighth and five more in the ninth to tie it at 17. Justin Seager, the younger brother of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th. Seager finished with four hits. Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. May 8, 2014

After Draft When Seattle's Carroll Makes His Pitch

When all the picks are finally done, Pete Carroll starts grabbing phones. The Seattle Seahawks coach reverts to being a recruiter at this point. He bounces between calls to players who were not selected in the NFL draft and might have a place on the Seahawks roster. He tells them that in Seattle they will have a chance to make the roster, and cites the examples of undrafted players getting their shot with the Seahawks and proving to be valuable. Whether it's wide receivers Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, or offensive lineman Alvin Bailey, the Seahawks showed that undrafted free agents were important to their Super Bowl run. Carroll and general manager John Schneider were already starting their pitch to possible undrafted free agents on Tuesday. May 8, 2014

Blazers Look To Steady Themselves After Spurs Rout

The Portland Trail Blazers aren't in Houston anymore. After feasting on the Rockets' porous perimeter defense in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, the Blazers appeared to be caught off guard when they stepped up in class to face the San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals. The playoff-tested Spurs jumped on the young Blazers in Game 1 on Tuesday night, leading by 13 after the first quarter and by 26 at halftime. By the time Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest of the Blazers got their bearings, it was too late and the Spurs won 116-92. San Antonio's defense limited Portland to 37.8 percent shooting and just four 3-pointers. Game 2 is Thursday night in San Antonio. May8, 2014

Sports May 7

sports6Elias Wins Second Straight As Mariners Beat A's
Rookie Roenis Elias struck out six while pitching into the seventh to win consecutive starts for the first time, Justin Smoak drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night for their season-best fourth straight victory.

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