Gray stymies Seattle in Oakland's 3-1 win
SEATTLE (AP) — Sonny Gray overcame a shaky start to allow one run in seven innings, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics won for the fifth time in six games by beating the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Saturday night.
Gray gave up his only run in the first when Seattle failed to capitalize when it had runners at first and third and no outs. Gray stymied the Mariners from there, allowing only singles to Logan Morrison in the fourth and Robinson Cano in the sixth, and a double by Dustin Ackley in the seventh. It was another dominant performance by the young right-hander who has given up only two earned runs in three starts this season, and earned his second win in a week against Seattle.
Donaldson's first inning blow was the only offense Oakland needed. He lined a 2-0 pitch from Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez over the hand-operated scoreboard for the early lead.
Rangers acquire RHP Hector Noesi from Mariners
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-hander Hector Noesi from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named or cash.
Texas also transferred second baseman Jurickson Profar from the 15-day disabled list to 60-day DL on Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster.
Noesi was designated for assignment by Seattle on April 4 after two relief appearances during the first week of the season. He was 0-1 while allowing three runs in one inning of work. He has a 4-16 career record with a 5.64 ERA in 66 games (21 starts) for the New York Yankees and Seattle.
Profar started the season on the DL with a torn muscle in his right shoulder. The first date he would be eligible to return is May 29.
Clint Dempsey leads Seattle past Dallas, 3-2
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Clint Dempsey scored twice to lead Seattle Sounders FC to a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Dempsey scored the winning goal in the 85th minute when he fired a shot from inside of 6 yards into the center of the net. He had three goals in his last game in Seattle's 4-4 tie with Portland.
Seattle handed Dallas its first loss of the season.
Seattle tied it 2 on an own goal by Dallas' Stephen Keel in the 75th minute. The goal came after Dempsey attempted a cross from the right side that bounced off of the side of Keel's leg and into the left corner of the net. Dempsey's first goal came off a free kick in the 22nd minute after he fired a bending shot that landed just inside the goal line to tie it at 1.
Michel scored on a penalty kick in the 42nd minute to give Dallas a 2-1 lead. Dallas was awarded the penalty kick after Seattle's DeAndre Yedlin committed a hard foul on David Texeira in the penalty area. Texeira scored on a header in the 11th minute for the game's first score.
USA juniors defeat world team 84-73
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Duke-bound Justise Winslow scored 16 points and the U.S. junior national team pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the world select team 84-73 Saturday in the annual Nike Hoop Summit.
Kelly Oubre scored 14 points, Jahlil Okafor had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Tyus Jones had 13 points as USA had four players score in double figures.
It was a big day for future Duke players: Okafor, Jones and Winslow signed with the Blue Devils in November. Oubre is headed for Kansas.
The game's leading scorer was Emmanuel Mudiay with 20 points for World Selects. Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 guard from Democratic Republic of Congo, is headed to Southern Methodist.
World's only other player in double figures was Canadian guard Jamal Murray with 10 points.