Mariners Hire Edgar Martinez As Hitting Coach, Reassign Hojo

edgar mariners062015SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have hired Edgar Martinez as their hitting coach and reassigned Howard Johnson to the minor league system. Seattle made the announcement on Saturday before the second game of a weekend series against first-place Houston.

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Urruti And Fernandez Score As Portland Beats Houston 2-0

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez scored to lift the Portland Timbers a 2-0 victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. The Timbers opened the scoring in the 34th minute, when Urruti headed a free kick by Jorge Villafana into the upper right corner for his third goal of the season. For Villafana, it was his third assist of the season, and his second consecutive game with an assist.

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Garcia Helps Earthquakes Beat Sounders 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) - Matias Perez Garcia set up Sanna Nyassi's first-half goal, and then scored in the second half to help the San Jose Earthquake beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Saturday. Nyassi's goal, coming midway through the 28th minute, was his second of the year. Garcia scored his first of the season in the 73rd minute. David Bingham recorded his fifth shutout for the Earthquakes, who halted a three-game winless streak.

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Mariners Beat Astros 5-2

mariners logo5SEATTLE (AP) - Roenis Elias settled down after a first-pitch home run, allowing four hits over seven-plus innings, and Mark Trumbo drove in three to pace the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over Houston on Friday night, ending the Astros' five-game winning streak. Elias, losing three of his previous four starts, gave up two runs - solo homers on his first and last pitches.

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Clint Dempsey Suspended 3 Games For Confrontation

NEW YORK (AP) - Seattle forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended for three games by Major League Soccer and fined for his conduct toward a match official during a U.S. Open Cup match this week, a penalty the U.S. captain will finish serving before the Americans start the defense of their CONCACAF Gold Cup title next month.

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