Berkman, Baker power Texas past Seattle 9-5
SEATTLE (AP) — Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer and Lance Berkman added a three-run shot, both off Seattle starter Joe Saunders, and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 9-5 on Friday night.
Baker's shot in the second inning gave the Rangers the lead, but it was Berkman's fourth homer of the season into the left-field seats that broke the game open in the third and sent Saunders to his first career loss at Safeco Field. It was the first homer for Baker since May 10 and first for Berkman since May 11.
Saunders entered the night 9-0 at Safeco Field, including a 3-0 mark with a 0.94 ERA this season. But Saunders gave up six earned runs and eight hits in just five innings and the Mariners lost their seventh straight.
Seattle TE McCoy sustains Achilles injury
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have lost backup tight end Anthony McCoy for possibly the entire 2013 season after he sustained a torn Achilles during an organized team activity earlier this week.
The Seahawks confirmed McCoy injury on Friday, which was first reported by USA Today. McCoy has already undergone surgery to repair the injury and recovery time is typically six to nine months.
McCoy went limping off the field late in Monday's OTA that was open to the media. Trainers examined his ankle on the field before using a cart to take him into the team's practice facility. Coach Pete Carroll had limited information after practice ended and believed it was an ankle injury.
McCoy was entering his fourth season with the Seahawks. Last year, he had a career best 18 catches and three touchdowns.
Seattle designates Andino calls up Sucre, Triunfel
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Robert Andino for assignment, recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Tacoma and selected catcher Jesus Sucre.
Seattle made the flurry of roster moves on Friday, a day after they sent slumping catcher Jesus Montero down to Tacoma in the hopes of igniting his season.
Triunfel will be making his second appearance with the big league club after playing in 10 games last season for the Mariners. He was hitting .300 with 14 doubles and 19 RBIs in 44 games with Tacoma this season.
Sucre had played in only 14 games with Tacoma, but was hitting .302 and had thrown out seven of 18 base runners this season. Sucre was in the starting lineup on Friday.
Andino was made 22 starts for the Mariners at three different positions, but struggled at the plate no matter his spot. Andino hit just .184.
Nebraska coach comes home to face Oregon
Nebraska softball coach Rhonda Revelle grew up rooting for the Ducks and even played at Oregon for a season, so she'll have to suppress any nostalgia this weekend when the Huskers visit Oregon in an NCAA Super Regional.
The winner of the three-game series, which starts Saturday at Oregon's Howe Field, will advance to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Revelle was a standout pitcher at North Eugene High School before going on to Oregon. She won 13 games for the Ducks in 1980 and helped them advance to the AIAW national championship tournament, where they finished 2-2.
Afterward Ducks softball coach Nancy Platz decided to take a job at Nebraska, and Revelle followed her. The Hall of Famer hasn't visited Eugene much since, but she'll have family and friends in the stands this weekend.
Portland advances to Memorial Cup final
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) — Ty Rattie scored in the third period and Mac Carruth made 34 saves to help the Portland Winterhawks beat the London Knights 2-1 on Friday night in the Memorial Cup semifinal.
Tyler Wotherspoon also scored, and Nicolas Petan added two assists for Western Hockey League champion Portland.
The Winterhawks will face the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday night in the Canadian Hockey League title game. Halifax beat Portland 7-4 in round-robin play in the four-team tournament.
Max Domi scored for the Knights, the Ontario Hockey League winner.
Rattie broke a tie at 8:32 of the third period, circling in the London zone before beating goalie Jake Patterson from the slot for his tournament-leading fifth goal. Domi opened the scoring on a power play midway through the second period, and Wotherspoon tied it 2:08 later on a shot from the point that found its way through.
OKLAHOMA TORNADO-NIKE DONATION
Nike donating $1M in goods to tornado relief
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nike has announced plans to donate $1 million worth of shoes and clothing to aid people affected by the tornado in Oklahoma this week.
Nike says it will make its donations through the nonprofit organization Good360 to prequalified charities. The Oregon-based company will also donate proceeds from sales of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant's KD V (five) Elite sneaker sold on nike.com through June 15 to the Moore Public School Foundation and to a nonprofit group that rebuilds playgrounds.
Durant, who pledge $1 million toward the tornado relief effort, posted on Twitter that he had asked Nike to chip in, too.