NW Sports from the AP

Date: 04/12/2013 05:29 AM

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


SEATTLE (AP) – A.J. Pierzynski homered, David Murphy snapped a 2-all tie with an RBI single in the fifth, and the Texas Rangers toppled Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in a 4-3 win over the Mariners last night. Pierzynski hit his second homer of the season with one-out in the second. The Rangers added an unearned run later in the second and scored twice in the fifth to deny Hernandez a shot at his 100th career victory. Last night was Hernandez’s first home start since he signed a $175 million extension.

SEATTLE (AP) – Mariners’ slugger Michael Morse, currently tied for the major league lead with six homers, could be out up to a week after suffering a small fracture in the little finger of his right hand. Morse was hurt in the seventh inning of Seattle’s 4-3 loss to Texas. Morse was hit on the hand by a pitch from Tanner Scheppers as he attempted to check his swing. After being examined by trainers, Morse finished the at-bat – during which he was hit by a pitch in the shoulder – before leaving the game.

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprain in the AC joint of his right shoulder, a day after he crashed into the outfield wall. Seattle made the roster move Thursday before opening a four-game series against Texas. Seattle selected outfielder Endy Chavez from Triple-A Tacoma and designated for assignment pitcher D.J. Mitchell to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Saunders was hurt Wednesday night in the first inning.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for right-hander Steven Hensley and cash. The Rockies acquired Harang on April 6 when they traded catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harang went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA last season for the Dodgers. The Mariners needed another starter after allowing Jon Garland to opt out of his contract this spring rather than adding him to their roster.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Brady Quinn and the Seattle Seahawks have officially finalized their deal to make him the backup quarterback to starter Russell Wilson. Quinn’s deal was finalized on Thursday, but terms of the contract were not available. Quinn and the Seahawks agreed to terms of the contract earlier this week. Quinn joins Josh Portis as the expected backups to Wilson. Quinn played last year for the Chiefs, starting eight games. It was his first regular-season playing time since the 2009 season.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – USA Track & Field says Eugene, Ore., will host the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Chief executive Max Siegel announced the decision yesterday at the Oregon state Capitol. This will be the sixth time Eugene has played host to the Olympic track trials. It hosted the trials previously in 1972, 1976, 1980, 2008 and 2012. Gov. John Kitzhaber (KITS’-hah-ber) accepted the offer to host the trials. U.S. athletes compete at the trials for a spot on Team USA.


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