Lowrie powers A's past Mariners 6-2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie and Chris Young hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, helping Tommy Milone and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Nate Freiman had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut as Oakland knocked around Joe Saunders and two relievers after managing just one run and six hits in the first two games of the series.
Milone allowed a pair of first-inning home runs but settled down to retire 17 of his final 18 batters.
Michael Morse had one of the homers for Seattle, his third in two days.
Conley has 20 and Grizzles defeat Blazers 94-76
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies set a franchise record for wins in a season with a 94-76 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
With four straight wins, Memphis improved to 51-24, surpassing its 50-win season in 2003-04. The Grizzlies have already clinched a spot in the playoffs and are jockeying for home-court advantage in the first round.
Former Blazer Zach Randolph, who played his first six seasons in Portland from 2001-07, added 17 points and eight rebounds for Memphis.
The Blazers, who are effectively out of the playoffs with seven games left, were without two starters, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM').
As a result, the team started rookies Victor Claver, Meyers Leonard and Damian Lillard.
Blazers F Batum out against Grizzlies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') was out of the lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night because of an injured right shoulder.
Batum has a labral tear in his shoulder, causing him decreased strength and sensation. He apparently sustained the injury on Monday in Portland's 112-102 loss to Utah.
Batum is averaging 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season for the Trail Blazers, who are effectively out of the playoffs.
The 6-foot-8 French forward will be reevaluated on Friday before the Blazers host Houston.
Former Blazers C Oden returns to watch Grizzlies
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Greg Oden, the Trail Blazers' often-injured former center, was among the fans at the Rose Garden for Portland's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 7-foot former No. 1 draft pick is good friends with Memphis guard Mike Conley, whom he played with at Ohio State.
Portland waived Oden last March after five injury-plagued seasons with the team. He was recovering from his third microfracture knee surgery when he was let go and had not appeared at the Rose Garden since 2010.
Oden was greeted with mostly cheers — but a few boos — when he was shown on the video scoreboard in the first quarter. Oden offered a peace sign in response.
The Blazers took Oden with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.
Kansas frosh G Anrio Adams transferring
(Stations: Note Seattle interest.)
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman guard Anrio Adams had been granted a release to transfer to another school.
Coach Bill Self says he met with Adams and believes it is in his best interest to look for a school closer to his Seattle home.
Adams played in 24 games last season, averaging 3.5 minutes per game and scoring 27 points. His season high was 11 points against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament.
Adams said he believes playing closer to home is better for him and his family.
Seattle signs McDaniel, re-signs McDonald
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have officially announced the signing of free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and the re-signing of restricted free agent Clinton McDonald.
Seattle had tendered a one-year qualifying offer to McDonald, who chose to sign and return as Seattle's backup nose tackle.
McDaniel played in 54 games with Miami since going to the Dolphins in 2009 via a trade with Jacksonville. McDaniel was mostly a reserve with the Dolphins, starting just two games.
The defensive line was a priority for the Seahawks this offseason.
McDaniel is the third free agent defensive lineman to sign with Seattle in the last month, joining defensive end Cliff Avril and defensive tackle Michael Bennett.