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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

MARINERS-YANKEES

Cano, Elias lead Mariners past Yankees 4-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano (kan-OH') doubled and drove in two runs, Roenis Elias struck out 10 in seven impressive innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-2 Thursday night.

Michael Saunders had three hits, including an RBI double, to help the Mariners win for the fifth time in six games following an eight-game skid. Seattle won both games in a rain-shortened series that marked Cano's return to New York.

The All-Star second baseman was booed again and finished the series 2 for 9 with three RBIs.

Seattle has won four straight at Yankee Stadium dating to last season.

MARINERS-YANKEES NOTES

Cano, Elias lead Mariners past Yankees 4-2

UNDATED (AP) __ Many players on the Seattle Mariners received autographed Derek Jeter jerseys on Thursday. But not Robinson Cano (kan-OH').

Cano left the New York Yankees and signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners during the offseason.

He was greeted with boos his first game back to Yankee Stadium since joining the Mariners.

ROCKETS-TRAIL BLAZERS

Rockets harken back to Clutch City for inspiration

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Rockets reached back into their history to stave off elimination in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Houston earned the nickname "Clutch City" in the mid-1990s when the team won back-to-back NBA championships. The Rockets brought the moniker back for Game 5 against the Blazers with a pep talk from a star of that team and T-shirts for their fans.

Now Houston will see if this team has that historic resilience as the series moves back to Portland for Game 6 on Friday night.

The Rockets are still down 3-2.

After losing the opening two games in Houston, then claiming one of a pair in Oregon, the Rockets rallied for a 108-98 victory on Wednesday night to narrow Portland's advantage.

RAMSAY FUNERAL

Ramsay's life celebrated at his funeral

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — The life of NBA champion coach Dr. Jack Ramsay is being celebrated, with fellow members of the Basketball Hall of Fame along with numerous friends and colleagues joining his family for his funeral.

Ramsay was eulogized by his son Chris, who told those inside St. John the Evangelist Church in southwest Florida that his father was "special in so many ways."

Pat Riley, Erik Spoelstra, Billy Cunningham, Bob McAdoo, Phil Martelli were among those attending.

Jack Ramsay led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title. He also led Saint Joseph's — his alma mater — to the NCAA Final Four, and spent the last two decades of his life as one of the sport's more revered broadcasters.

Jack Ramsay died Monday, survived by five children. He was 89.

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