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Aldridge Returns To Portland For The 1st Time With Spur

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LaMarcus Aldridge made his first appearance in Portland since he left the Trail Blazers for the San Antonio Spurs this summer.

The Texas native signed a four-year deal worth $80 million with the Spurs in July. Aldridge met with several teams, but ultimately picked the one that brought him home.

Aldridge spent the first nine years of his career in Portland and set franchise records for rebounds and double-doubles, while finishing second to Clyde Drexler in points.

At shootaround before Wednesday night's game against the Blazers, Aldridge said he was grateful for his time in Rip City, saying he loved Portland and its fans.

November 12 2015

2 Sign With Washington State Basketball Team

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent has signed two players to play for the Cougars.

Kent on Wednesday signed Milan Acquaah, a 6-foot-2 guard for Cathedral High School in Pasadena, California. Acquaah is beginning his senior year. Last season he averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Also signed was Jeff Pollard, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bountiful, Utah. Pollard is starting his first season at Impact Academy in Las Vegas. He led his Bountiful High team to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons.

November 12 2015

Seattle Mariners Add Manny Acta As Third Base Coach

Manny ActaActa joins Bogar, Stottlemyre Jr. & Martinez on Mariners staff.

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto & Manager Scott Servais announced today that former big league manager Manny Acta has been added to the Mariners Major League coaching staff as the third base coach.

Acta joins previously announced coaches Tim Bogar (Bench Coach), Edgar Martinez (Hitting Coach) and Mel Stottlemyre (Pitching Coach) on Servais’ Mariners staff.

“I believe Manny will be a great addition to our staff,” Servais said. “I’ve known him for over 25 years, since we were teammates in 1989. His experience as a Major League third base coach and manager, paired with his extensive player development background, will be very valuable to me, and to our players, as we move forward.”

Acta, 46, is currently in his third season as the General Manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, which included a Dominican Winter League championship during his first season (2013-14). He spent six seasons as a Major League manager with the Cleveland Indians (2010-12) & Washington Nationals (2007-09) and previously served as a third base coach with the New York Mets (2005-06) and Montreal Expos (2002-04).

Prior to his Major League coaching career, he spent 10 years in the Houston Astros player development system (1992-2001), including eight seasons as a minor league manager (1993-2000). He was the Manager of the Year in 1999 with Single-A Kissimmee in the Florida State League.

Acta served as the Manager for the Dominican Republic’s entry in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, leading the team to the WBC’s Final Four. He also has managerial experience in the Venezuelan Winter League with Caracas (1999-01), as well as in the Dominican Winter League with Estrellas Orientales (2002-03) and Tigres del Licey (2003-04 & 2004-05). He led Licey to a Dominican Winter League Championship and subsequently a Caribbean Series title during the 2003-04 season for which he was named Manager of the Year.

Before beginning his coaching career, he played six seasons in the Houston Astros organization (1986-1991).

Acta also served as a baseball analyst for ESPN & ESPN Deportes for two seasons (2013-14).

Mariners News – November 11, 2015

Mariners Announce 2016 Spring Training Schedule

peoria springbaseballFirst game scheduled for March 2 vs. Padres. Start making plans for Spring Training with the Mariners in sunny Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners will play a 33-game Cactus League schedule, including 18 home games at the Peoria Sport Complex. It all starts with the annual charity game on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:10 p.m. (12:10 p.m. PT).  Spring training schedule.

Griffey, Hoffman Among Newcomers On Hall Of Fame Ballot

griffeyNEW YORK (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot announced Monday. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers' Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.

November 10, 2015