Aybar hits 3-run homer to lead Angels to win
SEATTLE (AP) — Erick Aybar hit a three-run homer, Matt Shoemaker pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Thursday night.
Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Shoemaker (3-1) set down the side in order four times in 5 1-3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, equaled a career-high six strikeouts and did not walk a batter for the first time in five career starts.
After Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run in the ninth, Ernesto Frieri came on to record two outs for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Aybar's fourth-inning home run broke open a 2-0 game that Mariners starter Brandon Maurer had labored to keep close.
Maurer (1-4) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and four walks. It's the fifth time in seven starts this season that Maurer has failed to reach the fifth inning.
Top-seeded Oregon beats Florida State 3-0
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sophomore left-hander Cheridan Hawkins threw a one-hitter and top-seeded Oregon beat Florida State 3-0 on Thursday in the opening round of the Women's College World Series.
Alexa Peterson had a pair of hits, including a run-scoring double for Oregon (55-7-1), which set a single-season program record for wins. The Ducks advanced to play Florida on Friday.
Florida State (55-8), making its first WCWS appearance in 10 years, will face Baylor on Saturday in an elimination game.
Hawkins (34-4) gave up a leadoff single to Maddie O'Brien in the first inning. Courtney Senas drew a one-out walk two batters later, but Hawkins escaped and eventually retired 16 straight batters before a two-out error in the sixth.
FSU pitcher Lacey Waldrop (38-6), the Division I player of the year, didn't make it out of the sixth inning after giving up 10 hits.
Seattle, WR Doug Baldwin agree to extension
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a contract extension that locks up the former undrafted wide receiver through the 2016 season.
The team confirmed the new deal for Baldwin during a news conference Thursday. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
The new contract is expected to add two additional seasons. Baldwin was a restricted free agent for 2014 and had a second-round tender placed on him by the club, but was hoping to get a long-term deal done. Baldwin posted details of the deal on his Facebook page early Thursday morning, but the post was later removed.
Baldwin has proven to be invaluable for the Seahawks throughout his career.
Illinois, Washington set time for Sept. game
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Fox will televise Illinois' Sept. 13 game at Washington.
Illinois announced Thursday that the game will kick off at 3 p.m. Central time.
The Illini now have game times for four games. The others are Nebraska at 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Minnesota at 11 a.m. on Oct. 25 and Ohio State at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Illinois and Washington are playing a home-and-home series. The game at Washington is the return date for last season's contest with the Huskies at Soldier Field in Chicago. Washington won 34-24.
Rupp, Gatlin and Rushida on tap for the 40th Pre
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — American record holder and Olympic bronze medalist Galen Rupp returns home to Oregon for the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic.
He'll run in the 10,000 meters Friday night and has asked organizers for a fast pace, suggesting he'll take a shot at besting his mark of 26 minutes, 48 seconds.
The 10K is one of the highlights of the Pre, the third event on the IAAF Diamond League schedule.
Another is Saturday's 800 meters, which will feature world record holder and Olympic gold medalist David Rushida. The Kenyan is making his debut at Hayward Field after pulling out of last year's Pre because of a knee injury that sidelined him for most of last year.