Mariners send Red Sox to season-worst 7th L in row
SEATTLE (AP) — Jason Vargas pitched seven solid innings and the Seattle Mariners sent Boston to its season-worst seventh straight loss, beating the Red Sox 4-1 Monday.
The Red Sox fell to 0-7 on their road trip and have been outscored 58-16 in that span.
Vargas (14-9) allowed one run and six hits, walked no one and struck out five. He is the first Mariners pitcher other than Felix Hernandez to win at least 14 games since 2003.
Vargas, who leads the staff in wins, was coming off two sub-par outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs and 15 hits in 8 2-3 innings.
Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth to pick up his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
SEAHAWKS-TIGHT END VOID
Seahawks head into opener with void at tight end
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks entered preparations for their regular season opener looking to fill a sudden void at tight end.
The surprising release of Kellen Winslow on Saturday leaves Seattle adapting to the loss of a proven pass catching option at a position where they struggled to find production in 2011.
The Seahawks acquired Winslow in a trade with Tampa Bay in May, and he appeared set to become a big contributor. Seattle had used Winslow all over the field throughout training camp, lining him up anywhere from an inline position to split out wide.
Winslow had a base salary of $3.3 million for the 2012 season, which would have been fully guaranteed if he was on the opening day roster.
The financial commitment may have been a determining factor in letting Winslow go.
Washington heads to No. 3 LSU short-handed
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington was already facing a difficult task with a game against No. 3 LSU.
Now the Huskies will be doing it without a starting offensive lineman and a co-starting running back.
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that running back Jesse Callier will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in last Saturday's opener against San Diego State. The Huskies will also be without starting right tackle Ben Riva, who fractured his forearm against the Aztecs.
Additionally, Sarkisian said that defensive end Hau'oli Jamora will also miss the rest of the season after knee surgery last week revealed an ACL tear.
With Callier out, the Huskies will rely on sophomore Bishop Sankey to carry the load in the backfield.
Sankey had a career-high 22 carries for 66 yards in the opener.