Pirates hit 5 HRs, back Locke in 9-4 win over M's
SEATTLE (AP) — Starling Marte hit two of Pittsburgh's five home runs and Jeff Locke pitched seven sharp innings to lead the Pirates past the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Tuesday night.
Marte opened the game with a triple and hit solo shots in the second and eighth for the first multihomer game of his career. Locke (7-1) limited Seattle to two runs and four hits, leaving him tied for second in the National League with a 2.06 ERA.
Brandon Inge had a three-run shot in the second inning, his first home run since Aug. 1 with Oakland against Tampa Bay. Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez also went deep for the Pirates in their first five-homer game since July 22, 2009, against Milwaukee.
It was the second time this season the Mariners have allowed five long balls. Houston connected five times on April 9.
Mariners place Gutierrez on DL; recall Ackley
SEATTLE (AP) — Oft-injured Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday, two days after coming off the 60-day DL for the same thing.
Dustin Ackley was called up from Triple-A Tacoma as Gutierrez's replacement.
The 30-year-old Gutierrez has played in just 18 games this season, hitting .267 with four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBIs. He had been on the disabled list from April 23-June 21. He came off Saturday and hit a home run in his first at-bat.
Ackley, the second pick in the 2009 draft, was sent to Tacoma on May 26. He hit .365 with eight doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 games there. He's been a second baseman most of his major league career, but also played the outfield at Tacoma.
Sheftic, Sullivan lead PGA Professional
SUNRIVER, Ore. (AP) — Mark Sheftic birdied the final two holes Tuesday at rainy Sunriver Resort for a share of the third-round lead in the PGA Professional National Championship.
The 38-year-old Sheftic, a PGA teaching pro at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., shot a 1-under 71 at Crosswater Club to match playing partner Chip Sullivan at 8-under 207.
The 48-year-old Sullivan, the 2007 winner at Sunriver, also had a 71. He's the PGA director of golf at Hanging Rock in Salem, Va.
Second-round leader Rod Perry was a stroke back after a 73. The 39-year-old Perry is the PGA head pro at Crane Lakes in Port Orange, Fla.
The top 20 finishers Wednesday will earn spots in the PGA Championship in August at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y.
Anchorage looks at bidding 2026 Winter Olympics
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Anchorage has formed an exploratory committee to help determine whether it should bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The 23-member committee, which includes four Alaska Olympians, held its organizational meeting on Tuesday.
Anchorage was the United States Olympics Committee choice for the 1992 and 1994 games that went to Albertville, France, and Lillehammer, Norway.
Mayor Dan Sullivan says Anchorage was well suited to host games then, and is in even a stronger position now.
He wants the committee to finish its work within eight months, looking at such things as financing, venues, housing and transportation. He says the U.S. committee will determine in 2015 whether it will seriously pursue the games for the United States.
Oregon about to learn its fate from NCAA
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Ducks are about to hear the NCAA's decision on possible recruiting violations.
The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions will release a public report on the findings of its investigation and any possible sanctions against Oregon's football program this morning.
The NCAA has been looking into payments Oregon made to recruiting services, including $25,000 to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2011. Lyles had a connection with an Oregon recruit.
In April, Oregon released documents acknowledging at least one major NCAA violation in connection with recruiting. It also proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years.