>>Marte Leads Pirates Past M's 

Starling Marte homered twice and scored three runs to lead the Pirates past the Mariners 9-4 in the opener of a two-game interleague series at Safeco Field.  Justin Smoak smacked a two-run homer and Kyle Seager hit a solo blast for the M's, who had won their previous two.  Joe Saunders was rocked for six runs in just one-and-two-thirds frames as he fell to 5-and-8.

>>Mariners Place Gutierrez On DL Again

The Mariners placed often-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday and recalled Dustin Ackley from Class AAA Tacoma.  Gutierrez had just come off the 60-day disabled list two days ago.  Ackley was sent down after struggling the first two months of the season but hit .365 in 25 games with Tacoma.


Always a Mariner - Ichiro Suzuki hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to  lift the New  York Yankees over the Texas Rangers, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

>>NBA Coaches

Aways a Sonic - George Karl has not been picked up after the coach of the year fell out with Denver.  But the Nuggets have  named Brian Shaw as the 20th head coach in franchise
history.  Shaw replaces  George Karl,  who was fired earlier  this month.  The 47-year-old Shaw  has been an assistant with  the Indiana Pacers  the last two seasons. 

Putting  an  end to weeks of  speculation, the Los Angeles Clippers officially announced  that Glenn  "Doc" Rivers has joined the franchise as its new senior vice president of basketball operations and head coach. The deal was finalized
Tuesday,  as  the Celtics agreed to  release him in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 draft,

>>Success Pyramid still working at UCLA

John Wooden was smiling down as the Bruins go 10-0 in the College Baseball World Series.  UCLA  has a record  109 team championships. For the first time, the Bruins are
celebrating  a  title on the baseball  diamond. Nick Vander Tuig pitched eight shutout  innings  and UCLA routed  Mississippi State,  8-0, to clinch the NCAA College  World Series title in two games. The Bruins, who won 3-1 Monday night to open the best-of-three finals, pounded out 12 hits in the clincher.

>>Can't win 'em all

Vancouver cruised to a 4-0 win over the Spokane Indians snapping the Indians 4 game winning streak. 


Guess I should actually pick up a basketball and start hydrating now.  With water and not the IPAs. 90 degrees this weekend?  Yikes.  What kind of deal does Hoopfest have with the man upstairs anyway.  Very seldom does it rain on this glorious Hoopfest weekend.  And the years it does sprinkle - I end up on a court with a manhole cover.  Which is pretty much like playing basketball on ice.  Nice to know the old knees don't have to worry about that this year.