Nuno Stops Winless Skid, Mariners Blank Rangers 6-0

mariners 8SEATTLE (AP) - Vidal Nuno allowed one hit over seven dominant innings for his first victory in more than a year, and Mark Trumbo and Kyle Seager each had four hits and a two-run homer to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Texas Rangers 6-0 Wednesday night.

Nuno (1-2) had gone 20 starts without a win, which was tied with Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller for the longest active stretch in the majors. The left-hander struck out a career-high 10 and yielded only Prince Fielder's first-inning single. He walked two and hit a pair of batters with pitches.

As a starter, Nuno was 0-10 with a 4.17 ERA since his previous win on June 27, 2014, with the New York Yankees. Nuno also made 24 relief appearances during that span without a victory.

Danny Farquhar and Carson Smith each followed with a perfect inning to finish the one-hitter.

September 10, 2015

Kam Chancellor Still Absent In Seattle, Won't Play Sunday

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says holdout strong safety Kam Chancellor has not shown up at the team's practice facility and won't play on Sunday in the season opener against St. Louis.

Carroll spoke Wednesday as the Seahawks began preparations for the Rams. Carroll says he is disappointed Chancellor has chosen this route to express his displeasure with his contract situation.

Chancellor did not report when the Seahawks gathered for training camp at the end of July. His potential fines are in excess of $1 million should the team choose to enforce them and he will forfeit a game check by missing the opener. Dion Bailey will start at strong safety in Chancellor's absence.

September 10, 2015

Timbers And Sporting KC Play To 0-0 Draw

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Goalkeeper Tim Melia fended off a flurry of Portland shots and Sporting Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw with the Timbers on Wednesday night.

Melia had a career-high seven saves for his seventh shutout of the season, and first since a 1-0 victory at Vancouver on July 12.

Both teams are locked in a battle for playoff position, knotted in a three-way tie for fourth in the Western Conference with Seattle with 41 points apiece. Kansas City has played two fewer games.

With the draw, Portland extended its unbeaten streak at home to 10 games. The Timbers, who have eight clean sheets at home this season, also have a league-low 29 total goals.

September 10, 2015

Rangers Hit 4 Hrs, Beat Mariners 9-6

mariners logo9SEATTLE (AP) - Cole Hamels shook off a line drive that deflected off his left shoulder, and the Texas Rangers homered four times to beat the Seattle Mariners 9-6 Tuesday night.

Hamels pitched seven innings to help Texas move within one game of first-place Houston in the AL West. The Astros lost 4-0 at Oakland.

Mitch Moreland, Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor connected off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker, who lasted just three innings.

With two runners aboard in the third, Jesus Sucre lined a 1-0 pitch straight back to the pitcher's mound. Hamels (3-1) managed to deflect the ball with his glove before it slammed into his shoulder, causing the left-hander to stumble and fall to the ground.

After being checked by the Rangers' staff, Hamels remained in the game and got out of the jam with just one run allowed on a fielder's choice by Kyle Seager.

September 9, 2015

Moore Scores 20, Lynx Clinch West's Top Playoff Spot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Maya Moore had 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Seattle Storm 73-67 on Tuesday night to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

Minnesota led 57-39 with 4:03 left in the third quarter, but Seattle closed on a 7-0 run to pull within 57-46. Seattle outscored Minnesota 21-11 through the first 8 minutes of the fourth, but Moore hit a baseline jumper with 1:13 left to extend the Lynx's lead to 70-67. Tricia Liston sealed it with two free throws with 9.3 seconds remaining.

Anna Cruz had 15 points and eight assists for Minnesota (22-11). Sylvia Fowles added 14 points for the Lynx, who played without Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen.

Crystal Langhorne had 14 points for Seattle (9-23) and Jewell Loyd added 13. Seattle has lost 15 straight games at Minnesota.

September 9, 2015