King Felix crowns Oakland in Seattle's 3-2 win
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez outpitched Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh), Robinson Cano (kan-OH') hit a go-ahead double and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night.
Fernando Rodney got his 27th save, getting Nick Punto on a called strike three to end it with a runner on third. Punto slammed his batting helmet to the ground with both hands and argued with plate umpire James Hoye, and A's manager Bob Melvin joined in, saying the full-count pitch missed the strike zone.
Hernandez threw eight strong innings. He reached 11 victories before the All-Star break for the first time in his career, getting nicked for two early runs and then shutting down the AL West-leading A's the rest of the night.
Hernandez made his 11th straight start going at least seven innings and giving up two earned runs or less. It's the longest streak for an American League pitcher since Gaylord Perry had 11 straight for Cleveland in 1974.
Seattle puts Saunders on DL, Smoak recalled
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday after suffering a strained left oblique muscle on a check swing.
The Mariners recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma to take Saunders' roster spot. Smoak was in the lineup on Friday night for Seattle's series opener against Oakland.
Saunders was injured in the eighth inning Thursday night and had to be pulled from the game in the middle of the at-bat. This is Saunders' second stint on the DL after sitting out with a shoulder injury in June.
Smoak was placed on the disabled list June 11 with a quadriceps injury and had remained in the minors after conclusion of his rehab assignment. Smoak was hitting .208 with seven homers in 63 games before getting injured.
Mets sign top draft pick, OF Michael Conforto
NEW YORK (AP) — First-round draft pick Michael Conforto has signed with the New York Mets.
The 21-year-old outfielder from Oregon State, selected 10th overall last month, receives a $2,970,800 bonus.
The team says Conforto will start his professional career with Class A Brooklyn in the short-season New York-Penn League.
Conforto batted .345 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs in 59 games this year during his junior season with the Beavers. He was the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season and the first three-time All-American in school history.
Dempsey back from World Cup, rejoins Sounders
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Clint Dempsey spent time with family, did a little fishing, let his broken nose heal and mostly ignored the World Cup.
After becoming the first American to score in three World Cups, Dempsey needed a break upon his return to the United States. So until his appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" the other night, Dempsey was mostly away from the spotlight.
Dempsey hopes the U.S. loss to Belgium in the round of 16 isn't his last World Cup game. Dempsey says he wants to continue playing with the national team as long as possible, first focusing on the 2016 Copa America before worrying about the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In the short term, Dempsey says he'll be ready for Sunday night's MLS game between the Sounders and rival Portland.
Stricklen scores 19, Storm roll by Stars 88-67
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Shekinna Stricklen scored a season-high 19 points and the Seattle Storm rolled to an 88-67 victory over the San Antonio Stars on Friday night.
Crystal Langhorne added 16 points, Sue Bird 14 and Camille Little 10 for Seattle, which won its second straight game in San Antonio.
Kayla McBride had 13 points to lead the Stars, and Danielle Robinson and Shameka Christon scored 10 points each.
The Storm led by as many as 21 points and held a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
Seattle was 9 for 21 on 3s, including Stricklen's 3-for-6 shooting.