A's rally Past Mariners 11-5

marinersSSEATTLE (AP) - Danny Valencia homered and Stephen Vogt doubled twice in Oakland's seven-run fifth inning, and the Athletics climbed out of a big hole against Hisashi Iwakuma for an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Josh Reddick also went deep and drove in three runs for the A's, who rallied after starter Felix Doubront exited early with a bruised foot.

Oakland trailed 5-0 in the fifth after Iwakuma (5-3), who tossed a no-hitter Aug. 12 at Safeco Field against Baltimore, allowed just one single through four innings.

Vogt got the outburst started with a leadoff double. Two outs later, Billy Burns and Mark Canha connected on consecutive two-run doubles to make it 5-4.

Reddick tied it with an infield single and Valencia hit his 12th home run, bouncing it off the top of the left-center wall.

Vogt doubled again before Brett Lawrie lined out to left field, finally ending the inning.

August 25, 2015

Athletics Hire Ron Washington As Third Base Coach

SEATTLE (AP) - Ron Washington, the former Texas Rangers manager, has been hired as the Oakland Athletics third base coach after the club dismissed Mike Gallego on Monday.

The 63-year-old Washington spent 11 seasons as an A's coach before becoming manager of the Rangers in 2007 and leading Texas to a pair of American League pennants in 2010-11. Washington re-joined Oakland as a coach in May to work with infielders, but couldn't be in the dugout or on the bench for games.

"The main thing I'm looking forward to is being back on the field full-time," Washington said. "I consider myself a difference maker.

"What I was doing, I felt like I was making a difference, but now I really get a chance to make a difference because I can be around to answer (player's) questions. I can be around to help these guys to make certain they know what they're doing in certain things."

August 25, 2015

Poor Air Quality Causes EWU To Cancel Practice

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Unhealthy air conditions prompted Eastern Washington University to cancel football practice on Monday morning.

Coach Beau Baldwin says he hopes to practice Monday afternoon and evening if conditions permit.

The Spokesman-Review reports that smoke from numerous forest fires has pushed the Air Quality Index in the Spokane area to 189, far above the 150 mark deemed unhealthy for strenuous exercise.

The Eagles are midway through fall camp as they prepare for the season opener at Oregon on Sept. 5.

August 25, 2015 -  The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com)

Sports Briefs

sports5SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano had a two-run homer and Nelson Cruz doubled in two runs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 8-6 yesterday to avoid a three-game sweep. Seattle built a 7-1 lead through five innings, but the White Sox cut it to 7-6 with five runs in the sixth behind a pair of two-run homers. Adam Eaton singled with one out in the sixth and scored on Tyler Saladino's double.

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - Billy Andrade won the Boeing Classic yesterday for his second Champions Tour victory and first in an individual event, overcoming trouble early in the final round for a one-stroke victory. Andrade closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 9-under 207 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He opened with rounds of 69 and 65 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. Andrade won four times on the PGA Tour.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Sophomore Ryan Finley has been named the starting quarterback for No. 23 Boise State for its season opener against Washington. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin made the announcement yesterday. Finley was in a four-way race for the job with Tommy Stuart, Alex Ogle and freshman Brett Rypien. Finley finished spring practice as the clear leader in the competition, but an April misdemeanor arrest clouded his status.

August 24, 2015

Seahawks Visit Kansas City Friday

seahawk helmut(AP) -- Two teams with more in common than one might think meet in their second preseason game when Seattle visits Kansas City. Start with the offensive line: Both teams have no idea who will be starting when the regular season rolls around. The NFC champion Seahawks have tried five options at left guard in camp, the latest move taking right tackle Justin Britt and sliding him over, all while converted defensive lineman Drew Nowak tries to play center. The Chiefs have had a different front five every week in practice, and are now without left tackle Eric Fisher because of a high-ankle sprain, and right tackle Jeff Allen because of a knee injury.

Both teams also have dynamic defenses, though both could be missing key players. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is unlikely to play for Seattle. All-Pro safety Earl Thomas will not. Fellow safety Kam Chancellor's holdout hit Week 3 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Kansas City will be without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who had back surgery over the summer and is out for all of training camp.

August 21, 2015