Rays beat Mariners 4-0 to end 10-game skid
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Erik Bedard struck out eight in six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays stopped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Seattle Mariners 4-0 Friday night.
The skid tied Boston for the longest in the majors this season. The Red Sox dropped 10 straight from May 15-25, with Tampa Bay handing them the last three losses in the streak. This was the Rays' first victory since then.
Bedard (3-4) scattered four hits and walked one in ending a three-start losing streak. Jake McGee, Joel Peralta and Grant Balfour, who gave up a ninth-inning single, all went one inning to complete a five-hitter.
After Jose Molina got his first RBI this season on a fourth-inning sacrifice fly, Tampa Bay went ahead 3-0 in the fifth on an RBI bunt single by Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar's run-scoring single off Chris Young (5-3).
Saunders leaves game due to sore shoulder
ST.PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders has been sidelined by a shoulder injury.
Saunders was replaced defensively in the fourth inning of Friday night's game against Tampa Bay due to soreness in his right shoulder.
No other details were immediately available.
Wright's 13 points help Storm over Lynx, 65-62
SEATTLE (AP) — Tanisha Wright scored 13 points, including a pair of free throws with 10.3 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm hung on to hand the Minnesota Lynx their first loss of the season Friday night, 65-62.
Crystal Langhorne also scored 13 for the Storm (3-6). Camille Little added 12 points, draining a 3-pointer with 2:07 to play for a 59-57 lead. Seattle never trailed again.
Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus scored 12 points apiece for the Lynx (7-1), who won their opening seven games for the second time in franchise history. The only better start was in 2012 when Minnesota won its first 10 games. Moore came into the game averaging 27.6 points, and Augustus was averaging 19.9.
The Storm were down 51-45 early in the fourth quarter when they went on an 11-2 run. The Lynx scored four straight to take a 57-56 advantage before Little's go-ahead 3-pointer.
Steding named head coach at Boston University
BOSTON (AP) — Boston University has named an Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion as its women's basketball coach.
The school on Friday announced that Katy Steding will take over for Kelly Greenberg.
Steding has 14 years' experience as a coach, including the last two as an assistant at California, where she helped lead the Golden Bears to the 2013 Final Four.
Director of athletics Mike Lynch said the school is "fortunate to have someone of her class and caliber representing Boston University."
Steding, an Oregon native, helped Stanford win the 1990 NCAA championship and the U.S. to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold medal.
Greenberg resigned in April about a month after several former players complained that she was so verbally and emotionally abusive she drove them off the team.