Iwakuma dazzles as Mariners blank Braves 2-0
ATLANTA (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Seattle Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.
Cole Gillespie and Kyle Seager hit run-scoring singles. Seattle has won five straight, matching its longest winning streak of the season.
Iwakuma (4-2) gave up only six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The right-hander was sharp, throwing 71 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
Mike Minor (2-4) allowed only one run in seven innings, but the Braves fell to 0-6 in interleague games.
Yoervis Medina pitched a perfect eighth before Fernando Rodney earned his 16th save with three straight outs in the ninth.
Mariners back picking in top 10 of amateur draft
SEATTLE (AP) — Since joining the Seattle Mariners after the 2008 season as their director of amateur scouting, it seems all Tom McNamara has known is making picks at the top of baseball's amateur draft.
He would like to see that trend change at some point. It would be a sign that the major league product is having more success on the field.
Instead, Seattle will again have a pick near the top in the first round of Thursday's amateur draft. The Mariners will pick No. 6 overall, the fourth time in the past six years they have held one of the top six selections.
Another top selection gives Seattle a chance to add a premium player that — depending on the pick — could help the major league club sooner than later.
Williams puts LA Kings past Rangers in OT opener
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Williams scored 4:36 into overtime after a turnover by Dan Girardi, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener.
Williams was left alone in the slot after Girardi's pass from his knees went straight to Mike Richards. Williams put his eighth goal of the postseason past Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves and nearly stole a series-opening win for the Rangers.
Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the Kings, who moved one victory closer to their second Stanley Cup title in three years after a hair-raising finals opener.
Game 2 is Saturday at Staples Center.
Former Canucks owner can be subpoenaed
TORONTO (AP) — A U.S. federal judge has ruled a subpoena can be issued compelling former Vancouver Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. to testify in Steve Moore's lawsuit against Todd Bertuzzi and the team.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice asked the U.S. court this year to subpoena the Seattle-based McCaw.
Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, says he hopes McCaw will accept the rulings of the Ontario Superior Court and the U.S. District Court and appear as ordered at the trial slated to begin in September.
Moore is suing Bertuzzi and the Canucks for $38 million for a 2004 on-ice hit that ended Moore's career. Then a Colorado Avalanche player, Moore sustained a concussion and three fractured vertebrae.