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Posted on May 5, 2013 at 2:04 AM


Hernandez dominates, Mariners blank Blue Jays, 4-0

Felix Hernandez pitched eight shutout innings to win his third straight start, Kyle Seager and Jason Bay homered and the Seattle Mariners blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 on Friday night.

Seager had three hits as the Mariners won for the sixth time in eight games.

Hernandez (4-2) allowed five hits, walked none and struck out seven, improving to 3-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his past four starts. He's 95-24 in his career when he receives two or more runs of support.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for the Mariners, who had lost seven of their previous eight road games.

The struggling Blue Jays lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Making his first start of the season, Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero (0-1) allowed three runs and three hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out four.


AL West blanks AL East in 4 matchups

The American League West dominated the AL East on Friday night, not allowing a run in the four divisional matchups.

It's only the third time since divisional play began in 1969 that one division has blanked another division four times in one night according to STATS. The NL West did it to the NL East on May 12, 1981 and the AL East did it to the AL West on June 7, 1969.

Felix Hernandez and Seattle got the night started beating Toronto 4-0. A.J. Griffin and the Oakland Athletics got past CC Sabathia and the Yankees 2-0. Derek Holland pitched eight innings to help Texas defeat Boston 7-0. Jason Vargas closed out the impressive pitching night by the AL West by throwing a three-hitter in the Angels' 4-0 win over Baltimore.


Villopoto joins select company with 3rd title

Ryan Villopoto made history last weekend, becoming the fourth rider to win three straight Supercross titles.

He isn't about to let off the throttle for the final race.

When the Supercross season finishes Saturday night in Las Vegas, Villopoto will need to keep his focus to prevent a repeat of last season.

Three weeks after wrapping up the title earlier than anyone in the sports' 39-year history, Villopoto wrecked at his hometown race in Seattle and tore his left ACL last season.

The 24-year-old rider missed the outdoor season, but returned to win nine times, including last week in Salt Lake City to join Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and Bob Hannah as the only riders to win three straight titles.


Silvestre out, Timbers sign defender Pa Modou Kah

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers say that veteran defender Mikael Silvestre is out for six to nine months because of a left knee injury.

Silvestre tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a scoreless draw against the New England Revolution on Thursday night and was taken from the field by stretcher.

In response, the Timbers signed defender Pa Modou Kah for the rest of the season

The team says the 32-year-old Kah, who has played the past two seasons in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, will join the club once he obtains his visa.

Kah played seven seasons with Dutch side Roda JC. Before that, he helped Norway's Valerenga win a title in 2002. He also has 10 caps with Norway's national team.


Timbers off to a good start under Porter

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers are already benefiting from their new coach and new possession-oriented style.

The team is riding a franchise-best seven-match unbeaten streak, pulling the surprising Timbers even with the Los Angeles Galaxy for second place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference.

Portland is 3-1-5 to start this season for 14 points, the team's latest point coming Thursday night in a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution.

The Timbers have 14 goals, second only to conference leader FC Dallas and the New York Red Bulls, who both have 15.