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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 8:34 PM


Texas hits 4 homers in 11-3 win to sweep Seattle

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his fifth career grand slam, one of four home runs by the Texas Rangers in an 11-3 victory Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep of the Seattle Mariners.

The slam by Cruz capped a five-run fifth that chased Aaron Harang (0-2).

Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) also homered for the Rangers, whose 11 runs were a season high. Martin had a triple leading off the fifth before scoring on Ian Kinsler's bloop single to right.

Justin Grimm (1-0), in his fourth major league start, struck out nine and walked one over six innings.

Harang allowed eight runs over 4 2-3 innings, and now has a career ERA of 13.22 in four starts at Rangers Ballpark, where he hadn't pitched since 2003.


Jahn's goal lifts 'Quakes to 1-1 draw with Timbers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Rookie forward Adam Jahn scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time to pull the San Jose Earthquakes into a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday night.

Jahn beat Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts cleanly from 13 yards. The play came off a short centering pass from Nana Attakora and a subtle touch by Chris Wondolowski, who teed up Jahn.

The goal ended Ricketts' shutout streak at 314 minutes and it neutralized a 58th-minute score by Portland midfielder Diego Valeri, who returned from a one-game absence due to injury.

Portland (2-1-4) extended its unbeaten streak to five matches, and has never lost to San Jose in eight matches since joining MLS in 2011.

San Jose (2-3-3) is winless in its last four despite the season debuts of critical contributors Steven Beitashour and Marvin Chavez.


Thorns beat Reign 2-1 in home opener

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Alex Morgan and Marian Dougherty each scored a goal to lead the Portland Thorns to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Reign on Sunday.

The Thorns (1-0-1) got the first win in franchise history and drew a National Women's Soccer League record 16,479 to Jeld-Wen Field for their home opener.

Portland dominated throughout, outshooting Seattle 12-5.

The Thorns have two Olympic star forwards in Morgan and Canada's Christine Sinclair. That duo teamed up on the second goal 7 minutes into the second half.

Seattle (0-1-1) was without most of its marquee players.

Goalie Hope Solo is out until late summer with a wrist injury, while midfielder Megan Rapinoe is currently playing in France and won't be available to the Reign until June.


Canucks beat Wings in SO to clinch playoff spot

(Stations, please note: The following story is from Saturday.)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Maxim Lapierre scored in the shootout, Cory Schneider made 33 saves through overtime and the Vancouver Canucks clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Schneider stopped all three attempts in the shootout for the Canucks, who won their seventh straight at home and prevented the Red Wings from breaking the playoff threshold.

Lapierre, with Vancouver's last attempt in the shootout, beat Jimmy Howard with a forehand-to-backhand deke, roofing the puck into the net.

Alex Edler scored for Vancouver and Damien Brunner had a goal for Detroit in the first period, but neither team could score again until the shootout as Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard and Schneider each dominated at different times.