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. 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.
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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 yesterday. He says it "will make baseball games safer for players and fans across the nation."
KOOSKIA, Idaho (AP) — A double amputee bicyclist from Fort Lauderdale is set to arrive in Washington state today, where he'll meet the Spokane boy he's trying to help. Motivational speaker Hector Picard is due to ride into Spokane at about 1 p.m. That's when he'll finally meet 1-year-old Jameson Davis, who was born with no hands or forearms. Picard is trying to show Jameson that "Anything Is Possible," and help Jameson's parents pay for the $35,000 prosthetic arms the boy will need.
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, but most will spend tonight in the Centralia-Chehalis area. Most of the route goes over county roads and city streets.