Cano gets 1st RBI with Mariners in win over Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — James Paxton pitched seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball, Robinson Cano drove in his first run for the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, completing a three-game sweep in the team's first series under new manager Lloyd McClendon.
Mike Zunino, Justin Smoak and Corey Hart all homered for Seattle.
Paxton (1-0) threw 99 pitches in his fifth big league start and struck out nine, including Josh Hamilton all three times he faced him.
Hector Santiago (0-1) was charged with four runs, four hits and three walks in five-plus innings.
Baseball donates $225K to mudslide relief effort
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have combined to donate $225,000 to assist with recovery from the deadly Washington mudslide.
The donation announced Wednesday will be made to the American Red Cross Washington Landslide Relief Fund. Volunteers will also be collecting donations outside of Safeco Field before the Mariners' home opener against the Los Angeles Angels next Tuesday night.
Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln says the scope of the tragedy "is almost too big to comprehend."
At least 29 people were killed in the mudslide that hit the rural community of Oso northeast of Seattle on March 22.
Kent introduced as Washington State's new coach
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — New Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent says his four years out of coaching have re-energized and re-educated him.
Kent was introduced Wednesday as the 18th head basketball coach in the history of Washington State.
Kent was fired by Oregon after the 2009-10 season and has since worked as a television analyst.
He says the time away from coaching amounted to a much-needed sabbatical.
Athletic director Bill Moos says Kent signed a five-year contract that will pay him a guaranteed $1.4 million a year and is loaded with incentives. The contract includes a $2 million buyout, and there is also a pool of $650,000 to hire assistants.
Kent replaces Ken Bone, who was fired after five seasons.
Seattle investor group remains focused on NBA
SEATTLE (AP) — The investor who attempted to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle says his investment group is solely focused on pursuing the NBA and is not interested in owning an NHL franchise.
Chris Hansen told The Associated Press on Wednesday that no one in his ownership group has interest in being the majority owner of a hockey franchise even as rumors continue to circulate about the NHL having interest in Seattle as a possible market in the future.
Hansen says the focus of his group is getting all environmental reviews finished on their proposed arena so that if an NBA franchise becomes available via sale or expansion, Seattle can be at the front of the line ready to go.
Hansen says his investment group remains the same, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Price gets chance to shine at Washington pro day
SEATTLE (AP) — Keith Price is Washington's all-time leader in touchdown passes and is second in yards passing. So Washington's three-year starting quarterback was more than just a little shocked when he didn't receive an invitation to the NFL combine.
That made his pro day workout on Wednesday before representatives of about 20 NFL teams — including Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll — vitally important.
Price was in the spotlight throughout the workout, but not far behind was former Washington running back Bishop Sankey, who was a standout at the combine in February. Sankey went through individual drills, including catching passes from Price.
Still a spectator was tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he recovers from foot surgery. He hopes to be cleared by doctors for workouts by the end of April.