Ibanez homers twice in Mariners' win over Angels
SEATTLE (AP) — Raul Ibanez homered twice to give him 24 this season and the Seattle Mariners set a team home-run record in an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
The 41-year-old Ibanez hit a fourth-inning blast 438 feet into the right-field second deck and a 421-foot shot to center in the seventh. He has the fourth most homers in a season for a 41-year-old player, five shy of tying Ted Williams' record of 29 set in 1960 — his final season.
It was Ibanez' 19th career multiple home run game — third this season. He has 150 home runs with the Mariners.
Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales added home runs as the Mariners broke the franchise record by homering in their 20th consecutive game. They did it in 19 straight from Sept. 7-27, 1999.
The major league record is 27 set by Texas in 2002.
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BROKEN BAT RESEARCH
Forest Service helps reduce shattered bats in MLB
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says research by the Forest Service has helped reduce the amount of shattered bats in Major League Baseball.
Vilsack lauded the work of the Forest Service in a press release on Friday. He says it "will make baseball games safer for players and fans across the nation."
Researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory have analyzed thousands of shattered bats, leading to manufacturing changes that have decreased the rate of shattered maple bats by more than 50 percent since 2008. They found that inconsistency of wood quality used in major league bats was the main cause.
Daniel Halem, senior vice president of labor relations for Major League Baseball, also praised the research, calling it "outstanding work."
The research team will continue to study the issue this season.
AMPUTEE BIKE TOUR
Amputee bike rider to meet 'Baby Jameson' on Sat.
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KOOSKIA, Idaho (AP) — A 3,200-mile, 36-day bicycle adventure across the United States has nearly come to an end for a double amputee from Fort Lauderdale, but not before one last push to the finish line — and a first-time meeting with the Washington boy he's trying to help.
Motivational speaker Hector Picard is set to arrive in Spokane, Wash., at about 1 p.m. Saturday. That's when he'll finally meet 1-year-old Jameson Davis, who was born with no hands or forearms.
Picard, who lost his arms in a 1992 electrical accident, has a message for Jameson: Anything Is Possible.
Picard hopes to help Jameson's parents, Jimmy and Brooke Davis, pay for the $35,000 prosthetic arms he'll need — and have to replace often as he grows.
SEATTLE TO PORTLAND
10,000 bicyclists in Seattle to Portland ride
(Information in the following story is from: The Chronicle, http://www.chronline.com)
CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) — Ten-thousand bicyclists are making a 200-mile ride this weekend in the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
The Chronicle reports some of the bikes complete the ride in one day. Most spend Saturday night in the Centralia-Chehalis area. Most of the route goes over county roads and city streets.
The STP is organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle. The ride met its quota and sold out in February.
Riders start at the University of Washington and finish at Holladay Park in Portland.