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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:33 AM

MARINERS-ROYALS

Hernandez helps Mariners beat Royals 9-6

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched five innings and rookie Stefen Romero homered, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Hernandez allowed three runs and five hits in his final spring outing before he pitches on opening day on March 31 against the Angels. He struck out six and walked none.

Romero hit a two-run homer in the Mariners' six-run third, and singled home another run in the fourth. Brad Miller collected three more hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .436. Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners.

Royals left-hander Bruce Chen surrendered nine runs and 11 hits in four innings, throwing 92 pitches.

Alex Gordon homered, doubled and drove in three Royals runs.

NCAA-OREGON ST-SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina knocks off Oregon State 78-69

SEATTLE (AP) — Aleighsa Welch had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Tiffany Mitchell added 20 points and 10 boards, and top-seeded South Carolina used its size and athleticism to overwhelm No. 9 seed Oregon State 78-69 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

A year after getting upset by a 12 seed in the second-round of the tournament, the Gamecocks are headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years under coach Dawn Staley. South Carolina (29-4) will face No. 4 seed North Carolina in the Stanford Region semifinals on Sunday. The Gamecocks lost to the Tar Heels 74-66 in December.

Welch's quickness around the rim flustered the Beavers. Whether she was following up misses or getting open for her own shot, Oregon State struggled to slow the junior forward.

Jamie Weisner led Oregon State (24-11) with 21 point.

TRAIL BLAZERS-MAGIC

Big 2nd half lifts Magic over Trail Blazers, 95-85

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Portland Trail Blazers 95-85 on Tuesday night to stop a nine-game losing streak.

Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who led by just eight at the half but used scoring spurts in the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. Victor Oladipo had 13 points and six assists.

Robin Lopez led Portland with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers, who entered the night in fifth place in the West, have lost three straight. They were without forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a lower back contusion.

TRAIL BLAZERS-MAGIC-INJURIES

Aldridge, Nelson out for Blazers-Magic matchup

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson have been ruled out for Tuesday night's game.

Aldridge is out for the seventh straight game with a lower back contusion, and Nelson is missing his fourth consecutive game with a sore left knee.

Magic coach Jacque Vaughn says Nelson is day to day. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts didn't have a further update on Aldridge's status.

Portland is trying to snap a two-game losing streak, while the Magic are hoping to avoid their second 10-game slide of the season.

TRAIL BLAZERS-CRABBE

Allen Crabbe returned to D-League's Stampede

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have sent rookie Allen Crabbe to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

General Manager Neil Olshey made the announcement Tuesday.

The 21-year-old guard has played little for the Trail Blazers, averaging 2.1 points in 14 games. He appeared in three games for the Stampede earlier this month, averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds.

The former California Golden Bear was the 31st overall pick in last summer's NBA draft.

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