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Posted on April 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 4:05 PM


Mariners shut out Tigers 2-0

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Seattle Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday.

The teams played the series finale about 13 hours after the Tigers' 2-1 victory in 14 innings in a game that had a combined 40 strikeouts and had Justin Smoak tagged out at home in a collision with catcher Brayan Pena for the final out.

Verlander (2-2), who threw 126 pitches in seven innings, gave up a two-out single to Robert Andino. Seager then hit the first pitch into the left-field corner. Andino raced around from first.

Endy Chavez followed with a single to left, scoring Seager. Tiger catcher Alex Avila caught the throw from left-fielder Andy Dirks, but did not position himself in front of the plate to block Seager's slide. He slid under the tag.

Verlander struck out 12 — two short of his career high — and gave up nine hits, two runs and walked one.


Seahawks get 4 prime-time games, open at Carolina

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will play at least four prime-time games next season and will open Sept. 8 at Carolina.

The Seahawks schedule was released on Wednesday. After opening at Carolina, the Seahawks will return home to host San Francisco in the first of Seattle's four prime-time games.

Seattle will travel to Arizona in Week 7 for a Thursday night game, and will play at St. Louis (Week 8) and host New Orleans (Week 13) in Monday night games.

Seattle will have its bye in Week 12.

The Seahawks will host former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and his new team, Jacksonville, in Week 3.

Young QBs Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck will match up in Week 5 in Indianapolis, and a week later the Seahawks will host Tennessee and former Washington star QB Jake Locker.


Blazers optimistic despite finish

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — While the Portland Trail Blazers' season certainly wasn't what the team had hoped for, there is reason for optimism.

Point guard Damian Lillard led all NBA rookies with an average of 19 points and 6.5 assists. He broke the rookie record for 3-pointers with 185, and he led the entire league in minutes with 3,167.

He was named NBA Rookie of the Month for each of the first five months of the season.

Lillard's play was the bright spot in a season that ended with a 13-game losing streak, leaving the Blazers out of the playoffs for the second straight season.

Portland was in contention for the postseason even after the All-Star break, but injuries and the lack of experienced depth hurt the team in the end.


Blazers waive F Jeffries

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have waived forward Jared Jeffries.

In 38 games this season, the 6-foot-11 Jeffries averaged 1.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

Jeffries has averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds over his 11-year career, with stops in Washington, New York, Houston and Portland.


C.J. Wilcox to return to Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington leading scorer C.J. Wilcox has bypassed a chance to enter the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

The school made the announcement on Thursday. Many draft projections had Wilcox being taken in the second round.

Wilcox led the Huskies averaging 16.8 points per game, good for sixth in the Pac-12. He was a second-team all-Pac-12 selection and played most of the conference season while battling a foot injury. He topped 20 points in 14 games and was the Huskies' leading scorer in 22 of their 34 games.

Wilcox's return means the Huskies will lose only three starters off their squad that went 18-16 and lost in the first-round of the NIT to BYU.


New pro women's soccer league on FOX Sports TV

CHICAGO (AP) — The new women's professional soccer league has landed a TV deal with FOX Sports.

Six regular-season matches will be shown in July, followed by two playoff matches and the championship on Aug. 31.

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and FOX Sports Media Group announced the one-year deal on Thursday, five days after the start of the new eight-team league.

Beginning July 8, FOX Soccer will televise one game per week in the final six weeks of the season, leading up to the NWSL playoffs. The league features Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and other members of the U.S. national team, along with players from Canada and Mexico.

NWSL executive director Cheryl Bailey calls the TV deal "important for the growth of the league."

Teams play in Boston, Chicago, Rochester, N.Y., Piscataway, N.J., and Washington, D.C., plus Kansas City, Portland and Seattle.