Davis hits 40th HR as Orioles beat Mariners 11-8
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 40th home run and Nate McLouth contributed his first career grand slam to a power display that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Seattle Mariners 11-8 Friday night.
Ryan Flaherty also homered and had a career-high three hits for the Orioles, who never trailed but had to withstand four homers by Seattle.
McLouth connected off Brandon Maurer to make it 11-6 in the sixth, and that was enough offense to fend off the Mariners, who closed the gap in the eighth with solo shots from Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse.
Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 38th save and secure the victory for Chris Tillman (14-3).
Rice returns to Seattle after treatment in Europe
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Sidney Rice has returned to Seattle after the Seahawks wide receiver sought treatment for a sore knee in Switzerland.
Rice was mostly a spectator on Friday as the Seahawks held a scrimmage while preparing for their preseason opener next Thursday at San Diego. Rice caught a few passes on the side and coach Pete Carroll said he is expected to return to practice on Sunday.
Rice flew about 10,000 miles round trip to Switzerland to have a plasma injection into his knee to help with patella tendinitis. Rice spent two nights in Europe and said the procedure took only about 20 minutes. He arrived back in Seattle on Thursday.
Rice hopes the procedure reduces the discomfort the tendinitis has caused.
AP Source: Heat to sign Greg Oden
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says former Portland Trail Blazer Greg Oden has told the Miami Heat that he will accept their contract offer.
Oden has informed the Heat of his decision and is expected to formally sign in the coming days, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because no contract has been signed. It ends months of suspense that saw several NBA teams line up for a chance to sign the former No. 1 pick whose career has been derailed by a series of knee problems.
The Heat had been widely believed to be the frontrunners to land Oden for some time, and now get to add a 7-footer to a team that's won the last two NBA championships.
Report: Dempsey on verge of move to Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle Sounders spokesman says the team has no comment on an ESPN report that U.S. national team standout Clint Dempsey could be on the verge of a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur back to the MLS.
ESPN reported that a deal bringing Dempsey to Seattle could be announced as soon as today.
On Thursday, the Sounders announced that midfielder Shalrie Joseph had renegotiated his contract and would no longer hold one of Seattle's three designated player slots. That would open up a spot for Seattle to make another big splash after already adding striker Obafemi Martins earlier this season to pair with Eddie Johnson up front.
Dempsey played in MLS until 2007 when he was sold to Fulham. He joined Tottenham last season and had seven goals in 29 league matches.
Rain washes out NHRA qualifying
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Rain washed out both scheduled opening qualifying sessions Friday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Two sessions of Funny Car, Top Fuel and Pro Stock qualifying are set for today, with the top 16 in each division advancing to the final eliminations Sunday.