Sports July 30
Felix Hernandez shook off a line drive to his left wrist and threw seven strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners overcame bullpen problems to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 Sunday for a four-game sweep.
Seattle swept Kansas City in a four-game set for the first time since May 2001.
Hernandez gave up just five hits but lost out on his sixth straight win when the Mariners' bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth.
Seattle took the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Mike Carp led off with a double. Pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki scored when Royals reliever Jose Mijares (2-2) threw Trayvon Robinson's bunt down the right-field line.
Rice Ditches Red Jersey, Still Limited By Seahawks
Sidney Rice didn't want to be the only non-quarterback stuck wearing a red jersey during the early days of Seattle Seahawks training camp.
So on Day 2 on Sunday, when trainers and coaches weren't looking, Rice slid on his regular blue practice jersey and jogged on to the field.
That doesn't mean Rice is cleared for full contact. Far from it, actually, as Rice continues his recovery from offseason surgery on both of his shoulders. The Seahawks intend to take it very slow with Rice during training camp and avoid all contact for now, even if the red jersey is gone.
Could that avoiding contact include all preseason games as well? Maybe, Rice says. But the focus is on being healthy for the season opener at Arizona.
Califf Lifts Chivas USA Past Timbers, 1-0
Danny Califf scored his first goal of the season to give Chivas USA a 1-0 victory Saturday night that sent the Portland Timbers to their fifth consecutive defeat.
Califf scored on a set-piece header in the 68th minute when Chivas capitalized on Ben Zemanski's free kick. It brought Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins off his line and Califf was able to head it in before Perkins could get to it.
The victory kept Chivas USA (6-8-5) within reach of the LA Galaxy for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
The Timbers (5-11-4) haven't scored a goal since July 14 and are on an MLS-record 697-minute scoreless stretch on the road. Their next game is Aug. 5 at home against FC Dallas, who beat them 5-0 a week ago.
Longview Player Dies At Special Olympics Game
A 21-year-old Special Olympics softball player from Longview has died after collapsing during a regional tournament in Olympia, Wash.
The Daily News of Longview reports that Charles T. Huff died of a heart attack.
Just minutes before he collapsed in the dugout at LBA Park Saturday, Huff had hit a single. His stepfather, Tyler Johnson, was on the field coaching when several people yelled there was a medical emergency.
Olympia Fire Department medics tried to revive Huff but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at St. Peter's Hospital.
Huff, who was born with Down syndrome, graduated from high school this year. His softball team had won their first game of the day and was leading their second game when Huff collapsed. The rest of the game was called off.
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