NW Sports from the AP

Date: 09/18/2012 05:42 AM

Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press


SEATTLE (AP) – Nate McLouth gave Baltimore a quick start with a leadoff home run and the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 10-4 last night to tighten the AL East race. Matt Wieters went deep and Adam Jones scored four times for the Orioles, who moved within a half-game of the first-place New York Yankees. Chris Tillman allowed one run and three hits over six innings.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – Tom Saffell, the former major league outfielder and longtime Gulf Coast Rookie League president, has died. He was 91. His daughter, Cari Llewellyn, confirmed yesterday that Saffell died last week. Saffell spent parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics, hitting .238 with six homers and 40 RBIs in 271 games. He played 17 seasons in the minors – including Triple-A stops with Portland and Spokane – and managed seven seasons in the minors.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – For one of the rare times since coming back to the NFL, Pete Carroll saw the exact style he wanted the Seattle Seahawks to play with in their 27-7 rout of Dallas. The Seahawks were aggressive, physical, controlled possession and wore down the Cowboys Sunday. While it may draw him a fine, no play was more emblematic of the physical style the Seahawks tried to impose than Golden Tate’s flattening block on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee. Carroll said yesterday he believes the block was completely legal.

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington’s Pac-12 Conference opener against Stanford was already being considered the lynchpin in the Huskies’ brutal early season schedule. And that was before the Cardinal upset then-No. 2 USC last Saturday and vaulted themselves into the AP Top 10. The Huskies will get a little extra time to prepare to host No. 9 Stanford on Sept. 27. Washington will enjoy its only bye week of the season this weekend before entering a Pac-12 gauntlet of the Cardinal, at No. 3 Oregon, home for No. 13 USC and at No. 22 Arizona to begin the conference season.


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