Young, Cano lead Seattle past Angels 5-1
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Young pitched shutout ball until Albert Pujols homered in the seventh inning, Robinson Cano had three hits and two RBIs to raise his average to .332, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 5-1 on Monday.
After manager Lloyd McClendon lamented Seattle's production following losses over the weekend to Houston, the Mariners responded with five runs in the first two innings off Tyler Skaggs (4-2). Seattle scored three unearned runs with two outs in the second.
Young (4-2) kept the Angels without a hit until Kole Calhoun's single with one out in the sixth inning. An inning later, Pujols hit his 506th career home run, pulling within three of Gary Sheffield for 24th on baseball's all-time homer list.
Angels OF Hamilton has bone bruise on left thumb
SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will be slowed the next few days because of a bone bruise on his surgically repaired left thumb.
Manager Mike Scioscia said after Monday's game that Hamilton would be day-to-day. Scioscia said the bone bruise is not related to the surgery.
Hamilton first experienced discomfort in the thumb last week during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. He was re-evaluated by the Angels training staff in Seattle on Monday with Salt Lake playing just down the road in Tacoma.
Hamilton said he was jammed on a pitch and it would have been better had his bat shattered instead of his hand absorbing the force. He's not expected to try and hit again until at least Wednesday.
The former AL MVP has been on the disabled list since April 9 after tearing a ligament in his left thumb sliding headfirst into first base.
Beavers top national seed, host Corvallis Regional
The Oregon State Beavers are the No. 1 national seed in baseball's postseason for the first time in school history.
The Beavers will host UNLV, UC Irvine and North Dakota State in the Corvallis Regional this weekend at Goss Stadium to kick off the NCAA tournament. Oregon State's highest national seeding previously was No. 3 last season.
The Beavers are headed to the postseason for the sixth consecutive season and 15th time overall. It is the fifth time the team will host a regional.
The NCAA tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. Best-of-three super regionals will be held next week, with those winners moving to the College World Series in Omaha.
Oregon St. No. 1 seed for NCAA baseball tournament
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State is the No. 1 national seed for the NCAA baseball tournament.
The Division I Baseball Committee on Monday made the Pac-12 champion Beavers (42-12) the top seed over SEC regular-season winner Florida (40-21).
The other six national seeds, in order, are: Virginia, Indiana, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette, TCU and LSU.
The tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals. Best-of-three super regionals will be held next week, with those winners moving to the College World Series in Omaha.
Oregon State starts the tournament Friday in Corvallis, Oregon, against Summit League champion North Dakota State. UC Irvine and UNLV also are in the Corvallis regional.
Three teams with losing records are in the tournament after winning conference tournament titles. They are Youngstown State (16-36), Siena (25-31) and Bethune-Cookman (26-31).