SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mike Zunino and Brad Miller both homered and the Seattle Mariners held on for a 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics last night. Hernandez (3-0) struck out 11 and shut down Oakland for the second time in a week, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to win three times in the first nine games of a season.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wesley Matthews had 21 points and Damian Lillard scored 14 of his 16 points in a key fourth-quarter run to rally the Portland Trail Blazers past the Utah Jazz 111-99 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 14 rebounds, his 40th double-double, and Nicolas Batum added 15 points to keep Portland in the race to host a first-round playoff series.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is defending his reputation. Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account yesterday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Alabama transfer Luke Del Rio has been granted eligibility to play this season for Oregon State. Del Rio, the son of former NFL linebacker and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, was a backup walk-on quarterback for the Crimson Tide last season. Del Rio has four years of eligibility remaining under the NCAA ruling yesterday. He will compete with redshirt freshman Kyle Kempt and sophomore Brent VanderVeen to back up senior Sean Mannion this season.