Ortiz homers helps Boston avoid sweep with 5-4 win
SEATTLE (AP) — David Ortiz hit the 449th home run of his career in the first inning, added a line drive RBI single off the wall in the third, and the Boston Red Sox avoided being swept with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.
Ortiz plunked a two-run shot off the windows of the cafe in right field at Safeco Field for a 2-0 lead, his 18th of the season. He drove in another run in the third on a line drive that barely cleared the glove of Seattle right fielder Stefan Romero.
Ortiz's big hits backed the return of Clay Buchholz to the Boston rotation. Buchholz (3-4) was knocked around in the second, giving up home runs to Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino, but otherwise avoided problems. Buchholz retired 11 of 12 during one stretch and pitched out of trouble in the sixth inning when the first two batters reached on singles.
Seattle options Ramirez, recalls Maurer
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have optioned Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled right-hander Brandon Maurer to pitch out of the bullpen.
Seattle made the move before Wednesday's series finale against Boston. Ramirez struggled with control in his start Tuesday night, walking five and lasting just 4 1-3 innings.
The decision to recall Maurer, who has transitioned from being a starter to pitching in relief, indicates another roster move on the horizon for Seattle. Ramirez's next turn in the rotation would have come Monday at Houston.
Maurer made seven starts earlier in the season for Seattle, going 1-4 with a 7.52 ERA. He was 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA and three saves in his time as a reliever with Tacoma.
Seattle signs rookie free agent Kevin Smith
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed rookie free agent wide receiver Kevin Smith after he was released by both Arizona and Jacksonville.
Seattle signed Smith on Wednesday, a day after clearing a roster spot by releasing rookie defensive tackle Andre Pulu.
Smith originally signed with the Cardinals after the draft and was released on June 4. He was claimed off waivers by Jacksonville a day later, but was released by the Jaguars on June 19.
Seattle is familiar with Smith because of proximity. He was a standout at Washington, leading in yards receiving during his senior season with the Huskies. Smith had 50 catches for 765 yards and four touchdowns.
Former Huskies football coach Lambright arrested
SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright was arrested last week for investigation of domestic violence, according to Snohomish County court documents released Wednesday.
The 72-year-old was arrested June 18 for allegedly assaulting his 23-year-old granddaughter at his Snohomish home.
The Snohomish County prosecutor's office said Wednesday that Lambright has not been charged.
His granddaughter told sheriff's deputies that Lambright grabbed her by the arms, pulling her to the floor, according to a probable-cause statement. She said he tried to drag her out of the house by her ankle and that Lambright dragged her about 5 feet before she broke free and called 911.
A message left at Lambright's number Wednesday afternoon was not immediately returned.
Timbers sign veteran EPL defender Ridgewell
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers have signed veteran English Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell to a multiyear contract.
Ridgewell will be Portland's third designated player and will join the team once he obtains his transfer documentation and visa.
Ridgewell, 29, is a veteran of 11 EPL seasons, including stints with Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. With West Brom this past season, he played in 33 matches, playing the full 90 minutes in all but three.
The signing helps the Timbers shore up a defense that has a 1.69 goals-against average, 14th in the league. Portland has conceded 27 total goals, third in MLS.
HOPE SOLO ARREST
US Soccer will soon talk to Hope Solo about arrest
RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati (Sue-NEAL Goo-LAH-tee) says the federation plans to speak with Hope Solo and her representatives in the next 24 hours regarding the goalkeeper's weekend domestic violence arrest in the Seattle suburbs.
Gulati spoke in Recife, Brazil, on Wednesday ahead of the Americans' World Cup Group G finale Thursday against Germany.
Solo entered a not guilty plea during a court appearance Monday and was released without bail. She was arrested Saturday at her sister's home in Kirkland, Washington.
Authorities say Solo was intoxicated early Saturday when she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. But her lawyer, Todd Maybrown, said she was a victim in the altercation.
She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to refrain from drinking alcohol.
ESPN BODY ISSUE
22 athletes to be in ESPN The Magazine Body Issue
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Twenty-two athletes will be featured in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, which will hit newsstands on July 11.
The keystone to the issue is the "Bodies We Want" section, where athletes will be featured in tasteful nude poses.
Swimmer Michael Phelps, tennis star Venus Williams, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka will be included in the issue.
Others to appear are: Bernard Hopkins (boxing), Jimmy Spithill (sailing), Tomas Berdych (tennis), Nigel Sylvester (BMX), Omar Gonzalez (soccer), Travis and Lyn-z Pastrana (action sports/X-games), Jamie Anderson (snowboarding), Amy Purdy (Para-Olympics), Danyelle Wolf (boxing), Aja Evans (bobsled), Hillary Knight (hockey), Megan Rapinoe (USA soccer), Angel McCoughtry (WNBA), Coco Ho (surfing) and Ginger Huber (cliff diving).