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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM


Kipnis' 10th-inning homer gives Indians 6-3 win

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis' three-run homer in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

Kipnis' home run came on an 0-1 pitch from Lucas Luetge and capped a two-out rally that began with a walk and an infield hit.

The Indians have won 15 of 19 and are 10-2 at Progressive Field since April 30.

Vinnie Pestano (1-0), activated from the disabled list before the game, worked around a one-out walk in the 10th.

Drew Stubbs, who homered in the fifth, drew a walk off Luetge (0-1). Stubbs broke for second with a 1-2 count on Michael Bourn, and Luetge threw to first baseman Justin Smoak, but Stubbs beat the throw to shortstop Brendan Ryan.

Bourn hit a slow roller past the mound and second baseman Dustin Ackley's throw to first was late. Kipnis followed with his seventh homer.


Mariners option Noesi to Tacoma

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have optioned pitcher Hector Noesi to Triple-A Tacoma after he made an emergency start Thursday.

Noesi replaced scheduled starter Aaron Harang, who came down with a stiff back prior to the game against the Yankees. The right-hander allowed one unearned run in 4 1-3 innings in the Mariners' 3-2 win. Noesi has no record and a 2.63 ERA in five appearances.

The Mariners selected the contract of right-hander Danny Farquhar from Tacoma, where he was 0-1 with six saves and a 2.25 ERA in 15 appearances. To make room on the 40-man roster for Farquhar, right-hander Stephen Pryor was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Pryor has been on the 15-day DL since April 15 with a torn muscle in his back.


Mayor: Deal to sell Kings has been signed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Friday that the deal to sell the Kings to a group led by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive has been signed.

Johnson helped assemble the new ownership group in a bid to keep the Kings in California's capital city, a feat that was accomplished earlier in the week when NBA owners rejected a bid to move the franchise to Seattle.

The NBA is expected to officially approve the sale next week.


Washington's Wilcox undergoes foot surgery

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington guard C.J. Wilcox has undergone surgery on his left foot to stabilize a stress fracture that bothered him for much of his junior season.

The school says Wilcox had the surgery on Friday. Wilcox's surgery stabilized the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Wilcox, the Huskies' leading scorer last season, considered leaving school for the NBA after his junior season but decided in late April to come back for his senior campaign. Wilcox averaged 16.8 points per game, good for sixth in the Pac-12. He was a second-team all-Pac-12 selection.


Ducks defeat Beavers 3-0 in Civil War opener

EUGENE, Ore (AP) — Tommy Thorpe allowed just two hits over eight-plus innings and the Oregon Ducks defeated Oregon State 3-0 Friday night in the opening game of a three-game Civil War series at PK Park.

Thorpe (6-4) struck out seven and walked two for the No. 10 Ducks (43-11, 20-5), who join the sixth-ranked Beavers (41-9, 20-5) atop the Pac-12 standings.

Jimmie Sherfy loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning but Danny Hayes flew out to center to end the threat. It was Sherfy's 20th save.

The Ducks went up 2-0 in the first inning when Scott Heineman's bunt groundout scored Aaron Payne, and Ryon Healey's single to left scored Brett Thomas from second.

Oregon added a run in the second after Nick Catalano doubled and scored on J.J. Altobelli's bloop single.

Oregon State's Matt Boyd (10-3) got the loss, allowing all three runs on seven hits over eight innings.


Seahawks, Sounders license plates on sale in Jan.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Three nonprofit groups will benefit from sales of new Seahawks and Sounders FC license plates that will be available starting in January.

The teams unveiled the preliminary license plate designs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday to make them available.

Net income from the Seahawks plate will got to InvestED, a Seattle-based nonprofit that partners with schools to help kids from low-income families pay for clothes, shoes, school activity cards, testing fees and other needs.

Most of the money from the Sounders plate will benefit Washington State Mentors, an Issaquah-based group that helps youth organizations across Washington. The Association of Washington Generals, a group that promotes civic and veteran causes, also will get some money from the Sounders plate.


Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin suspended 4 games

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The NFL announced the decision Friday. Irvin will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games. Irvin will be eligible to return to Seattle's active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks' Week 4 game at Houston.

In a statement sent by the team, Irvin says he took a substance prohibited by the NFL without a medical exemption. He will not appeal.

Irvin was expected to start at defensive end with Chris Clemons likely to miss the start of the season while recovering from knee surgery.