Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Mark Trumbo homered twice, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and Garrett Richards pitched seven innings for his first major league victory, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners last night. Torii Hunter also went deep to back Richards, who allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out eight against an offense that averaged 9.2 runs over its previous six games – including a 21-8 rout at Texas last Wednesday.
UNDATED (AP) – Former Seattle Mariners general manager and longtime Texas Rangers executive Hal Keller has died. He was 84. The Rangers say Keller died in his sleep at his home in Sequim, Wash., early yesterday. He was being treated for esophageal cancer. Keller played 25 games with Washington from 1949-52. He spent most of his baseball career in scouting and front office roles.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Osvaldo Alonso and Fredy Montero each scored a pair of second-half goals, and the Seattle Sounders scored their goals in a span of 20 minutes last night to end amateur side Cal FC’s run through the U.S. Open Cup with a 5-0 victory. Alex Caskey also scored for Seattle, which was kept off the board for nearly 50 minutes by the team from Thousand Oaks, Calif., before Alonso converted a penalty kick. The Sounders are going for a fourth straight U.S. Open Cup.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – There will be no easing into the job for new Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey. First, there’s the NBA draft, just more than three weeks away. There’s also free agency, which heats up in July. In the meantime, the Blazers need to hire a new coach, and they’d like to re-sign French forward Nicolas Batum. After a yearlong search for a permanent GM, the Blazers said Monday they’d hired Olshey – less than an hour after the Los Angeles Clippers said they were parting ways with him.
NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL has punished the Seattle Seahawks for excessive offseason workouts. The league’s management council and the players’ union determined that Seattle violated the collective bargaining agreement’s offseason workout rules by having live contact during one of the club’s organized team activities (OTAs). As punishment, the Seahawks will forfeit scheduled OTA practices today and tomorrow, plus a workout day Friday. Seattle cannot reschedule those days.
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