NW Sports Recap Sept. 1

sports3Mariners Beat Astros 3-1 For 3rd Straight Victory
Joe Saunders pitched neatly into the sixth inning for his first win in a month, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday night for their third consecutive victory. Kendrys Morales, Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run for the Mariners, who had lost six in a row before the series against the major league-worst Astros.

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College Football

footballcollegeAuburn, Washington State Hoping For Turnarounds
Washington State and Auburn are both hoping to avoid a repeat of nightmarish seasons. The two teams open tonight trying to rebound strongly from matching 3-9 records in 2012. Both are relying on innovative offenses to do it. Mike Leach brings his Air Raid offense against Auburn and the hurry-up, no-huddle attack implemented during the offseason by first-year Tigers coach Gus Malzahn.

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Mariners Top Astros 7-1

mariners400Top prospect Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. If the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-0) had any rookie nerves, it certainly didn't show as he retired the first eight batters he faced.

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Seattle Over Oakland 22-6

hawks829Tarvaris Jackson led Seattle on three first-half scoring drives, and Terrelle Pryor struggled through his worst preseason performance - a chance at earning Oakland's starting QB job - in the Hawk's 22-6 victory. Jackson led the Seahawks to a trio of field goals from Steven Hauschka, including kicks of 51 and 56 yards.

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Mariners End 6-Game Skid With 3-2 Win

marinersSFranklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer after Nick Franklin gave Seattle an early lead with a solo shot and the Mariners held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night to end a six-game skid. Franklin put the Mariners on top with his one-out homer off Jordan Lyles (6-7) in the first inning. Raul Ibanez singled to start the fourth inning. Franklin Gutierrez's homer to left field with one out pushed Seattle's lead to 3-0.

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