Mariners rally past Jays, spoil Happ's return
SEATTLE (AP) — Humberto Quintero's two-run homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning, and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 9-7 victory over Toronto on Wednesday to spoil the return of Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Happ made his first start since May 7, when he suffered a skull fracture and a sprained right knee after being struck behind the left ear by a line drive from Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings. Happ left the field on a stretcher, spent the night in the hospital and had three months of rehabilitation, primarily for the knee.
Presented with a 7-2 lead by the third inning, Happ couldn't deny the fifth-inning rally, leaving with the bases loaded and no outs.
Brandon Maurer (3-7), who allowed eight baserunners and no runs in 3 1-3 innings, earned the win.
Irvin, Carpenter to miss preseason opener
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — A pair of minor injuries will keep James Carpenter and Bruce Irvin from suiting up in the Seattle Seahawks' preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.
The Seahawks have been excited throughout training camp at the promise shown by both of their former first-round selections but are eager to see it translate to game action. Both will have to wait another week before getting their first preseason action of the year.
Carpenter hasn't been able to practice the last few days after suffering a foot sprain and Irvin has also missed practices this week because of a groin issue.
Head coach Pete Carroll didn't provide many details as to which players will play against the Chargers, but he did say neither Carpenter nor Irvin will be able to go.
Seahawks release WR Early Doucet
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have released receiver Early Doucet after just one practice with the team.
Doucet signed with Seattle last weekend and took part in Sunday's practice. The injury-plagued receiver then sat out the next two days after stating "I feel good" following his only practice in Seattle.
The league's transaction report labels Doucet's release as a terminated contract for "failing to disclose a physical condition."
Head coach Pete Carroll seemed dismissive of Doucet when asked about his status following Wednesday's practice. The team announced his release soon after.
Doucet battled many injuries during his time with the Arizona Cardinals, including multiple concussions. The Cardinals released Doucet in March.
Dunlap, Starks competing for SD's left tackle job
SAN DIEGO (AP) — King Dunlap or Max Starks?
One of the veteran newcomers will become the San Diego Chargers' left tackle, charged with protecting Philip Rivers' blind side.
Dunlap, signed as a free agent from the Philadelphia Eagles, has gotten the majority of snaps with the first team so far in training camp.
Starks hasn't been given the inside track even though he won two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers before leaving as a free agent.
Starks expected to have to compete for the job and knows the battle will be decided during the exhibition season, which starts at home Thursday night against Seattle.
Keeping Rivers in one piece is imperative. He was sacked 49 times last year and committed 22 turnovers, many because he was under siege behind a leaky line.
Real Salt Lake beat Timbers, 2-1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Alvaro Saborio scored once and assisted on Joao Plata's goal to lead Real Salt Lake to the U.S. Open Cup final for the first time with a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
RSL will host DC United in the championship game on Oct. 1 after United beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 earlier in the evening. The winner of the final will qualify for a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
Salt Lake attacked relentlessly in the opening moments and it paid off with Saborio's goal in the 7th minute.
Salt Lake finally got a second goal from Plata in the 78th minute. Saborio flicked the ball up to Plata outside the top of the box and the reserve forward blasted it right back down the middle.
Portland cut the lead in half in the 90th minute when Nick Rimando blocked a shot from Diego Valeri and Valeri took the rebound.
He headed the ball back over Rimando's head to bring the Timbers within striking distance.
Ore. governor gives veto notice on mascot bill
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (KIHTS'-hah-bur) has provided the required five-day notice that he might veto a bill that loosens a ban on the use of Native American mascots by Oregon schools.
The Board of Education voted last year to cut state funding to schools that do not retire such mascots by July 2017.
The Legislature responded by voting to allow schools with nicknames such as the Indians to keep their names and mascots if they get permission from the nearest tribe.
The governor says that's too broad. He prefers an approach in which schools could use the specific name of a tribe with permission, such as the Florida State Seminoles.
The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Jeff Kruse, says he doesn't think there will be enough votes to override a veto.