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BOSTON (AP) - Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night. Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

SEATTLE (AP) - Rookie Sami Whitcomb made six of Seattle's franchise-record 14 3-pointers and the Storm closed on a 9-0 run to beat the New York Liberty 87-81 on Friday night. Whitcomb made four straight 3-pointers in the second half and was 6 of 8 from long range after halftime to set a WNBA record for 3s in a half. She finished with 22 points in just 15 minutes.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Megan Kleist allowed three hits and struck out eight over seven innings as Oregon downed Kentucky 4-0 on Friday to open the NCAA softball super regional in Eugene. The winner of the three-game series advances to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Gwen Svekis went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the third-seeded Ducks (51-6), who are vying to advance to the World Series for the fourth time in six seasons.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - There will be no lack of intensity or acrimony when Portland and Seattle meet today in the first matchup of the season between the Cascadia rivals in the MLS. But for a handful of players taking part there is another element that makes the timing of this rivalry match a bit uneasy. World Cup qualifying is looming on the horizon for several players.

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