Mariners' Harang allows 2 hits in win over Astros
SEATTLE (AP) — Aaron Harang pitched a two-hitter for his second shoutout of the season, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Harang (3-6) struck out a season-high 10, the 12th time in his career he had 10 Ks with no walks. It was his 15th career complete game and eighth shutout. He also beat San Diego 9-0 on May 27.
Harang allowed a two-out infield single to deep short by J.D. Martinez in the second inning. He then retired 16 of the next 17 batters. The only Astros batter to reach during that span was Brandon Barnes on a sixth-inning error.
Martinez also had the other hit, an inning-opening single to left in the seventh. He never advanced past first.
Raul Ibanez hit his team-leading 13th home run — his second in an many nights — in the sixth inning.
US beats Panama 2-0 in World Cup qualifying
SEATTLE (AP) — Jozy Altidore continued his scoring blitz with a goal in his third straight match, Eddie Johnson thrilled his home club fans with a goal in the 53rd minute, and the United States took over first place in its World Cup qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday.
Altidore scored in the 36th minute on a perfect cross from Fabian Johnson, moments after a potential penalty kick for the Americans was denied.
Eddie Johnson then gave the U.S. some cushion when he collected Geoff Cameron's pass over the top of Panama's defense and slid a left-footed shot past Jaime Penedo less than 10 minutes into the second half.
The U.S. holds a two-point lead over Costa Rica and Mexico in the qualifying group in the 10-game final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. They will host Honduras next Tuesday night in Sandy, Utah.
Mariners call up C Mike Zunino
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino has become the first position player from the 2012 draft to reach the big leagues when the Seattle Mariners promoted the catcher from Triple-A Tacoma.
Zunino the third selection overall, was hitting .238 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Rainiers when he was called up Tuesday.
General Manager Jack Zduriencik said "we had a little bit of a later target date" for Zunino's arrival but the team was in a personnel bind. Backup catcher Jesus Sucre injured his hand June 4 and the club called up Double-A catcher Brandon Bantz as a short-term replacement.
Sucre then needed more time to heal and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. That's when the Mariners believed they needed a longer term solution.
Bantz, who played one game, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
US makes 2 changes in lineup vs. Panama
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann made two changes to his lineup Tuesday night against Panama, inserting Eddie Johnson and Geoff Cameron into the starting lineup.
The changes were necessitated by a concussion suffered by Jermaine Jones against Jamaica and a yellow card suspension to Graham Zusi and changed the U.S. to a 4-2-3-1 allignment.
Tim Howard started in goal with the defensive back four the same as the previous two matches: Brad Evans at right back, Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler in central defense and DaMarcus Beasley at left back.
The midfield included Cameron, Johnson, Michael Bradley, captain Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson.
Jozy Altidore was the lone striker for the Americans, despite leaving the match against Jamaica in the 83rd minute and appearing to hold his hamstring.
Seahawks open minicamp with injury questions
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When the Seattle Seahawks opened their mandatory minicamp Tuesday, there were no questions about who would get the bulk of the reps at quarterback, or concerns about anyone holding out.
This time, the questions were solely about injuries.
There was good news and some concerning news on the first day. The good news came with defensive end Cliff Avril taking part in individual drills for the first time since plantar fasciitis in his foot put him on the sidelines.
The concerns were about tight end Zach Miller, who walked out onto the practice field with a walking boot on his left foot. Coach Pete Carroll said Miller's foot was simply sore and that it's not related to the torn fascia he suffered in the foot during last season's playoffs.
WSU sports comply with NCAA rate
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The NCAA has released its 2011-12 Academic Progress Rate figures and all 17 of Washington State University's sports programs are in compliance.
The results were announced Tuesday.
The APR is an annual assessment of each team's academic and retention history.
The WSU football team recorded a four-year average score of 942, an improvement from last year's score of 933, and meeting the NCAA's 930 standard.
The highest multi-year APR score at WSU was earned by the men's golf team, which recorded a score of 985.
Jim Harbaugh won't tolerate cheating on his team
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh has used the recent run of suspensions on the division rival Seattle Seahawks for performance-enhancing drug infractions as a reminder for his own San Francisco team: Cheating won't be tolerated.
Harbaugh's reigning NFC champion 49ers had begun their three-day minicamp Tuesday when the coach was asked about the issue surrounding the Seahawks.
Harbaugh says: "It has no place in an athlete's body. Play by the rules."
Seattle defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended last month for using a banned substance. A first-round draft pick last year, he will miss the first four games of the regular season.
Irvin became the fifth Seahawks player since 2011 to be suspended for using a performance-enhancing substance. The others were John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner.