Dipoto's First Big Move As M's GM Is Deciding On McClendon

SEATTLE (AP) - Now the wait begins to see what the first big move of Jerry Dipoto's tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners will be.

The 2015 Mariners were one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. Coming off an 87-win season and with expectations at a level not seen in more than a decade, the Mariners flopped because of an inconsistent bullpen, a sometimes shaky rotation and an offense that was non-existent for most of the first half of the season.

Instead of playing in the postseason for the first time since 2001, the Mariners now own the longest playoff drought in baseball at 14 seasons and counting. Seattle finished 76-86 after dropping nine of its final 11 games.

October 6, 2015

Kings Down Trail Blazers 109-105 In OT Preseason Opener

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Marco Belinelli had 32 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Sacramento Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-105 in overtime Monday night, the preseason opener for both teams.

DeMarcus Cousins started and finished with 22 points for the Kings, who missed the playoffs after finishing 29-53 last season.

Damian Lillard had 17 points for the Blazers. Lillard is the only starter returning to the Blazers team that went 51-31 last season.

After leading by as many as 21 points in the first half, the Blazers had a 56-41 advantage at the break.

October 6, 2015

Ferries’ First Ever Pep Rally Set To Sail Into Seattle

12sferrySEATTLE –Washington State Ferries will help 12s amp up their game-day spirit with added service and its first ever floating pep rally Monday, Oct. 5, as the Seahawks take on the Detroit Lions in Seattle.

Fans are invited to bring the Boom aboard the 1:45 p.m. sailing from Bremerton to Seattle as they make their way to the 5:30 p.m. game. Wear your team colors and join the Kingston High School Buccaneer Band on the passenger deck for a history-making photo as the ferry pulls into Colman Dock.

All customers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to beat the rush on the way home from CenturyLink Field. WSF will provide extra staff at the Seattle terminal and an added late night sailing from Seattle to Bremerton at 11:30 p.m. Monday

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Seattle Closes Season Rallying For 3-2 Win Over Oakland

marinersSSEATTLE (AP) - Seth Smith hit a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in their season finale on Sunday.

Smith's 12th homer of the season came off reliever Ryan Dull (1-2) and just eluded the leap of Sam Fuld in deep center field. Seattle avoided being swept in the final series of the season and finished at 76-86, 11 games worse than last season, when the Mariners were in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season.

Logan Kensing (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory. and Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save, a night after blowing a save opportunity.

October 5, 2015

Barrett Scores In Stoppage Time, Sounders Tie Galaxy 1-1

SEATTLE (AP) - Chad Barrett scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 56,097 fans Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.

Marco Pappa started the play with a corner kick from the attacking right side. Sounders defender Brad Evans flicked it off his head across the goal, and Barrett, who came on in the 85th minute, ran onto the ball and one-timed it into the net from 2 yards away for his fifth of the year.

The Sounders (14-13-5, 47 points) extended their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

Los Angeles (14-9-9, 51 points) clinched a playoff spot and climbed into a Supporters Shield tie with the New York Red Bulls. New York has four games left, and the Galaxy have two.

In the 36th minute, Robbie Keane converted a Seattle defensive giveaway into a goal. Seattle's Zach Scott, playing on the defensive left side, sent the ball toward Gonzalo Pineda at the top of the box. But he left it short, and Pineda couldn't reach it.

Keane did, running onto the errant pass, taking it to the top of the penalty spot, and firing into the back right center for his 17th of the year.

October 5, 2015