M's Send Paxton To Triple-A, Recall Erasmo Ramirez

The Seattle Mariners optioned starter James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday. The team recalled Erasmo Ramirez to join the club in order to start against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Paxton, a rookie who moved to 4-1 on the season after throwing 6 2-3 scoreless innings on Tuesday, will rejoin the Mariners when rosters expand on Sept. 1. He is scheduled to make his next start on Sept. 2 in Oakland. Ramirez got the nod Wednesday after the Mariners altered their rotation to add extra rest after Thursday's day off. It is the sixth stint with the big league club for the right-hander this season. Ramirez is 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in 14 starts, but Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said his improvement in Triple-A could earn him another outing in September. "I've seen a lot of growth," McClendon said. "I think the command of the fastball is a lot better, his secondary stuff is much more crisp. I don't think he's pitching away from bats anymore. He's making quality pitches with two strikes." SEATTLE (AP) – August 28, 2014

Carroll Calls Penalties Disappointing

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he's disappointed his team has been docked two practices next offseason for excessive physical contact in a minicamp in June. The league confirmed the penalties on Tuesday. Seattle will be docked the first two days of its 2015 mandatory minicamp and will be permitted one 2 1/2-hour practice on the final day. Seattle's players will be paid for all three days of the camp. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – August 28, 2014

Pettersen Looks For Third Win In Portland

Defending champion Suzann Pettersen looks to make tournament history as the headliner in the LPGA Portland Classic starting Thursday at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club. The 33-year-old Norwegian hopes to join Nancy Lopez as the tournament's only three-time champion. Pettersen won the Portland tournament in 2011 and 2013. Lopez claimed her titles in 1985, 1987 and 1992. Pettersen rallied with a final-round 5-under 67 to defeat Stacy Lewis by two strokes in the 2013 Portland tournament. The Portland Classic, renamed after Safeway dropped out as its title sponsor after an 18-year stint, started in 1972 and is the longest-running non-major tournament on the LPGA Tour. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – August 28, 2014

Mariners Beat Rangers 5-0

marinerslogo7James Paxton pitched into the seventh in a bounce-back start, Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run of the season, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Tuesday night. Paxton threw a career-high 118 pitches and came an out away from tying his career high with seven innings pitched. The rookie lowered his ERA to 1.71, the best mark for a pitcher in his first 11 major league starts since 1990.

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Mariners Give GM Zduriencik Contract Extension

The contending Seattle Mariners have rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik with a multiyear contract extension. The team didn't release details of Zduriencik's new deal Tuesday. The 63-year-old Zduriencik has been Seattle's GM since 2008. The Mariners haven't reached the playoffs since losing in the 2001 AL championship series. Seattle went into Tuesday night's game against Texas in the races for the AL West and the wild-card spots. At 71-59, the Mariners had already matched their win total for all of last season. SEATTLE (AP) – August 27, 2014