Seager's 2 HRs give Seattle 5-3 win over Houston
SEATTLE (AP) - Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 5-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Seager homered for his second straight at-bat after being mired in a slump for most of the season. Seager hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Houston starter Jarred Cosart, then added the winning shot on the first pitch from Josh Fields (0-1) in the ninth. The five RBIs were a career high for Seager.
Seattle opened the ninth with a single from Robinson Cano that fell in front of Houston's outfield that was playing deep and a sharp single by Corey Hart.
Fernando Rodney (1-1) got the victory, pitching the top of the ninth in relief.
Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within three. Lillard made two free throws before Harden fouled out about 10 seconds later. Mo Williams and Lillard both made a pair of free throws after that to secure the win.
Aldridge became the first player with consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs since LeBron James did it in May of 2009 after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 in an overtime win in Game 1.
Dwight Howard was unstoppable early and scored 25 points in the first half, but managed just seven in the second half.
Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers
NEW YORK (AP) - As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader with the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at Arizona.
The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9.
A Saturday doubleheader in Week 16 has San Diego at San Francisco, and Philadelphia at Washington.
For the first time, games in Weeks 5 through 10 can be flexed from Sunday afternoon to night, with a limit of two. Beginning with Week 11, a Sunday game can be moved to prime time each week.
Seattle to open with Green Bay at home
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will open their title defense on Thursday, Sept. 4, against the Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks announced their 2014 schedule Wednesday. It will be the first meeting with Green Bay since Seattle's disputed Hail Mary win over the Packers in 2012.
Seattle will host Denver in a Super Bowl rematch in Week 3 followed by the Seahawks bye week. Seattle travels to Washington for a Monday night game on Oct. 6, hosts Dallas in Week 6 and travels to Carolina in Week 8.
The Seahawks close the season with five of six against division rivals beginning in Week 12 vs. Arizona. The Seahawks travel to San Francisco on Thanksgiving night, and host the 49ers two weeks later.
Seattle is at Arizona for a Sunday night game in Week 16 and hosts St. Louis in Week 17.
Seattle signs Trufant, CB expected to retire
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have signed former cornerback Marcus Trufant, who is expected to announce his retirement from football.
Seattle announced the signing Wednesday and said Trufant was expected to announce his intentions during a news conference Thursday.
Trufant spent nearly his entire NFL career with his hometown team. The native of Tacoma, Wash., and former star at Washington State was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003. He went on to spend 10 seasons in Seattle, starting 125 of his 136 career games. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007, but was slowed by injuries later in his career and went unsigned by Seattle after the 2012 season.
Trufant signed with Jacksonville before the 2013 season but was cut at the end of training camp.
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