Cano and Seager lead Mariners over Astros 13-2
HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBIs apiece, James Jones added two and a seven-run sixth inning propelled the Seattle Mariners to score a season high in a 13-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Cano drove in two to give Seattle the lead in the first and hit the first of the five doubles in the sixth inning that tied a franchise mark and pushed the lead to 10-1.
Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits while striking out seven.
Jones' three hits included a triple. Seager doubled and hit a solo homer in the ninth as the Mariners also set a season-high with 18 hits.
Jarred Cosart (8-6) tied a season-high by allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to end a four-game winning streak.
Strasburg, Nationals flatten Rockies 7-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBIs in the Washington Nationals' 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Anthony Rendon added a two-run double for Washington, which has won four straight.
Strasburg (7-6) tied his career high by allowing seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings in his last start, and was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA over his last three.
Tuesday night he struck out eight and walked one while giving up one run. The Rockies didn't get a runner past second until DJ LeMahieu's homer in the eighth.
He was lifted after walking Corey Dickerson with his 111th pitch of the night.
Christian Friedrich (0-3) allowed five runs in 3 1-3 innings for Colorado, which has lost 13 of 15.
Iditarod registration opening draws 60 mushers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say 60 mushers have signed up for the 2015 race so far.
Organizers say 36 mushers signed up at Iditarod Trail Committee headquarters in Wasilla Saturday, the opening day of registration. Another 24 mushers registered by mail for the 1,000-mile race.
Defending champion Dallas Seavey, a two-time winner, is among those who registered. Other former winners to sign up are four-time champions Lance Mackey, Jeff King and Martin Buser, and two-time champion Mitch Seavey, the father of Dallas Seavey. Mackey skipped this year's Iditarod.
The race begins with a ceremonial start in Anchorage on the first Saturday of every March, followed the next day by the competitive portion that begins in Willow.
The 2015 race is scheduled to start March 7.
Portland Meadows returning to fall-winter schedule
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Meadows racetrack has ended its two-year experiment with summer racing.
Oregon's only commercial horse racing track moved to a summer schedule in 2012 and used a retro-themed advertising campaign to make huge gains in attendance.
Food and beverage sales increased, but the new fans tended to place modest bets. Most wagers on horse racing come from off-track betting parlors or online, and the switch led those gamblers to bet less often on Portland Meadows races.
The move to summer also put the track in competition for horses with Emerald Downs in Seattle, and track officials on Tuesday cited that as the cause for returning to a fall and winter schedule.
The new season starts Oct. 12 and continues on Sundays and Wednesdays through Feb. 15.