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Daily sports news, including Seattle Mariners and Hillsboro Hops game results and college notes.

SUNDAY, JULY 10

Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5 — Carlos Santana, who hit the game-winning home run on Saturday, homered twice on Sunday as Seattle rallied past visiting Toronto. The eighth consecutive win moves the Mariners into a tie with the Jays — both 45-42— for the third American League wild card spot.

Seattle is 16-3 over its last 19 games.

Santana, acquired from Kansas City last month, hit a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning. He hit a solo shot in the second inning.

The Mariners caught a break in the fifth, when they scored twice to pull within 4-3. What looked like an inning-ending double play turned in to a two-run inning when a throw for what would have been the third out somehow broke through the webbing of the glove of Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Seattle rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez was named to the AL All-Star team on Sunday. It was also announced that Rodriguez will serve a one-game suspension stemming from last month's brawl with the Angels on Tuesday in a game at Washington.

Hops 9, Emeralds 4 — At Hillsboro, Danny Oriente drove in four runs, A.J. Vukovich went 3 for 4 with a double, Neyfy Castillo had two hits and two runs scored as the Hops (37-42) beat visiting Eugene to split their series. Diamondbacks' No. 2-rated prospect Jordan Lawlar hit an RBI triple, his first extra-base hit as a Hop. Jamieson Hill got the win with a season-high eight strikeouts in seven innings.

Pickles 10, Sweets 2 — At Walla Walla, Portland improved to 20-10 in West Coast League play, the best record in the South Division. The Pickles are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Peyton Jones struck out nine over five scoreless innings for the pitching win. Kyler Stancato went 3 for 4, Jacob Jablonski knocked in three runs, Nick Upstill had two hits and two RBIs and Evan Leibl had a homer and a stolen base. Portland visits Springfield Tuesday through Thursday before returning to Walker Stadium to face Bend July 15-17.

Defiance 6, T2 1 — At Hillsboro Stadium, Tacoma (8-3-4, 31 points) rolled past Portland (1-11-2, 7 points) in MLS NEXT Pro soccer action.

WNBA All-Star Game — Sabrina Ionescu scored 19 points in her all-star game debut. The former Oregon star also had six assists and six rebounds to help Team Wilson beat Team Stewart 134-112 in the game at Chicago. Former Washington star Kelsey Plum, also on Team Wilson, led all players with 30 points and was named the game's MVP. Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird was scoreless in 15 minutes in her 13th and last all-star game, but did have six assists.

In the second half, every player wore jerseys with Brittney Griner's name and number 42.

Shred 28, Nitro 14 — The struggles continued for Portland's first-year team in the American Ultimate Disc League in a Saturday loss to Salt Lake at Providence Park. The Nitro (2-7) have three games remaining, including their final home game at 4:15 p.m. on July 24 against San Diego.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

Eugene 14, Hillsboro 2 — Hillsboro (36-42) pitching couldn't handle the Eugene (46-31) offense Saturday, giving up 14 runs on 11 hits. Three errors from the Hops defense didn't help as AJ Vukovich brought home the only two runs in the first inning on a two-run home run.

Seattle 2, Toronto 1 — If it weren't for Adley Rutschman and the Orioles, Seattle (44-42) would be the hottest team in baseball. Instead, both are on seven-game win streaks after the Mariners took down Toronto (45-41) thanks to the M's newest addition. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Santana blasted a two-run home run. Andres Munoz and Diego Castillo closed out the game on the mound, helping starting pitcher Robbie Ray not get the official win, but help beat his former squad in his first matchup against them.

FRIDAY, JULY 8

Eugene 5, Hillsboro 4 — A ninth inning run for visiting Eugene (45-31) was the difference in the win over Hillsboro (36-41). Caleb Roberts led the way offensively with a RBI double in the fourth and then a solo home run in the sixth.

Seattle 5, Toronto 2 (11) — Make it six for the Seattle (43-42) win streak after Eugenio Suarez hit a walk-off, three-run home run in the 11th inning to take down visiting Toronto (45-40). The Mariners used seven pitchers in the effort after starter George Kirby only went 4.1 innings, but did only allow two runs on 10 hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Alscher drafted — Portland Winterhawks defenseman Marek Alscher was picked in the third round, No. 93 overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 2022 NHL Draft. Alscher, from Czechia, had 16 points in 61 games last season for Portland.

Kraken draft continues — Seattle loaded up on centers in the 2022 draft following its first round selection of Shane Wright on day one. Fellow centers David Goyette, Ben Macdonald, Tucker Robertson, Barrett Hall and Kyle Jackson were all selected. Niklas Kokko was the only goaltender selected out of the Kraken's 11 picks. Defensemen Ty Nelson and Tyson Jugnauth were taken, as well as two rovers in Jagger Firkus and Jani Nyman.

Round 2, No. 35: Jagger Firkus, rover, Canada, WHL, Moose Jaw

Round 2, No. 49: Jani Nyman, rover, Finland, Finland, Ilves

Round 2, No. 58: Niklas Kokk, goalie, Finland, Findland Jr., Karpat Jr.

Round 2, No. 61: David Goyette, center, Canada, OHL, Sudbury

Round 3, No. 68: Ty Nelson, defenseman, Canada, OHL, North Bay

Round 3, No. 91: Ben Macdonald, center, USA, High-MA, Noble and Greenough

Round 4, No. 100: Tyson Jugnauth, defenseman, Canada, BCHL, West Kelowna

Round 4, No. 123: Tucker Robertson, center, Canada, OHL, Peterborough

Round 6, No. 164: Barrett Hall, center, USA, High-MN, Gentry Academy

Round 7, No. 196: Kyle Jackson, center, Canada, OHL, North Bay

THURSDAY, JULY 7

Two goals for Smith — Portland Thorns forward Sophia Smith scored twice in the first eight minutes and the United States beat Jamaica 5-0 in its second game at the Concacaf W Championship tournament in Mexico.

The USA is 2-0 with a match against Mexico on Monday to close out group play in the qualifying tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup and for the 2024 Olympics.

Kraken land Shane Wright — Picking No. 4 in the NHL Draft on Thursday, the Seattle Kraken landed the player many projected to be taken No. 1 overall: center Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League.

Wright, who started his major junior career at age 15, has 160 points (71 goals, 89 assists) in two seasons and 121 OHL regular-season games. He's also scored 21 points in international play for Canada, including nine goals in a gold-medal run last year at the U18 World Championships.

Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft take place Friday.

Hillsboro 3, Eugene 1 — Hillsboro (36-40) took down visiting Eugene (44-31) despite only grabbing three hits compared to Eugene's eight. Two of the Hops runs came via two bases-loaded walks in the fourth inning, then a wild pitch allowed another run in the fifth. Luke Albright gave up no runs on five hits in seven innings of work with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Seattle 8, Toronto 3 — Seattle (42-42) is back to .500 and on a five-game win streak after the road win against Toronto (45-39). The Mariners scored seven of their eight runs in the first three innings, led by Cal Raleigh hitting a RBI single in the first and then a two-run home run in the third.

Cowlitz 4, Portland 2 — The Pickles (17-10) struggled on the mound, giving up 12 hits to Cowlitz while Portland had only five.

Big Sky basketball — The Big Sky has set it's regular season schedule for both men and women, making conference play an 18-game double round robin format after the departure of Southern Utah to the WAC. Nearly all league games will be played on Thursdays and Saturdays starting the week after Christmas until a final matchup on Monday, Feb. 27. The Big Sky conference tournaments will run along side each other and are slated for March 4-8 at Boise's Idaho Central Arena.

Seattle 106, Los Angeles 69 — Seattle (15-8) crushed Los Angeles (10-12) on the road thanks to big second and fourth quarters. Breanna Stewart led with 23 points as five other Storm players scored in double digits.

More Bazzana honors — Oregon State baseball infielder Travis Bazzana was named a Freshmen First-Team All-American by Baseball America, his fourth nod for a national freshmen team. Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association also honored Bazzana on their first teams.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

Ionescu triple-double — Former Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu, now with the New York Liberty, made WNBA history with the league's first 30-point triple-double.

In a 116-107 Liberty win over Las Vegas, Ionescu had 31 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. She made 10 of 13 shots from the field, including 7 of 8 3-pointers.

The Liberty improved to 9-12.

'Coach' dies — The Trail Blazers have announced that former coach Mike Schuler has died.

Schuler, nicknamed and known universally as "Coach," led the Trail Blazers from 1987-89, and was named 1987-88 NBA coach of the year, when Portland went 49-33 and made the playoffs. He worked in the NBA in other capacities for nearly another decade.

A native of Portsmouth, Ohio, Schuler was 81.

"I had the pleasure of being both coached by Mike and coaching alongside him later in my career," said Terry Porter, the former Blazers star guard. "Mike was a terrific coach and had a great intensity about his coaching style with a focus on bringing out the best in his players. From a colleague standpoint, I was extremely grateful to have him on my coaching staff to share his experience, knowledge and kindness with me"

Jerami Grant The Blazers officially announced the acquisition of forward Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons. They also received the draft rights to Ismael Kamagate, and they send the draft rights to Gabriele Procida, a 2025 first-round pick (via Milwaukee), a 2025 second-round pick and a 2026 second-round pick to the Pistons.

"Jerami Grant is a dynamic two-way forward that can impact winning at a high level," said Trail Blazers General Manager Joe Cronin. "He fits seamlessly into Coach Billups' system on both sides of the ball. We could not be happier to have him in Portland."

Grant, 28, averaged 19.2 points (42.6% FG, 35.8% 3-PT, 83.8% FT), 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.94 steals and 1.04 blocks in 47 games (all starts) for the Pistons during the 2021-22 season. A Gold Medalist with Team USA at the 2021 Olympics, Grant has made the NBA playoffs four times, posting averages of 10.5 points (45.6% FG, 34.1% 3-PT, 80.0% FT), 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 35 games (21 starts).

An eight-year NBA veteran, Grant (6-8, 210) holds career averages of 11.4 points (45.2% FG, 34.9% 3-PT, 72.3% FT), 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.63 steals and 1.11 blocks in 555 games (270 starts) with Detroit, Denver, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. He was originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 39th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. Grant, a Portland native, is the son of 13-year NBA veteran Harvey Grant, who played three seasons for the Trail Blazers from 1993-1996.

Payton II, Nurk, Ant signed The Blazers also officially signed free agent Gary Payton II and re-signed Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons.

"It was incredibly important to us to bring back both Jusuf Nurkic and Anfernee Simons as key pieces of our core," said Cronin. "Nurk's physicality, rebounding prowess and defensive acumen make him an integral part of what we do on both sides of the ball." Cronin continued, "Anfernee is already one of the league's top shooters and this past season he showed elite ability as a shot creator and distributor. We are excited for him to continue the growth he has shown in his first four seasons in Portland."

Of Payton, he added: "We are excited to have Gary join us in Portland. Gary brings an elite defensive acumen and championship pedigree that will be essential to how we play basketball. His competitiveness and toughness will accent Coach Billups' style of play."

Blazers trade Also Wednesday, the Trail Blazers announced they have acquired a 2024 second-round pick from Denver in exchange for draft rights to Ismael Kamagate. The pick will be the more favorable of Minnesota/Charlotte's 2024 second-round selections.

Bledsoe waived — Also Wednesday, the Trail Blazers waived veteran guard Eric Bledsoe, who they acquired last season from the Los Angeles Clippers. The move came before Bledsoe's $19.3 million salary would be fully guaranteed July 10.

Rose Cup races — The 61st Annual Rose Cup Races are scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10 at Portland International Raceway. There'll also be a test day Friday, July 8.

For complete info: www.rosecup.com.

Eugene 1, Hops 0 — The visiting Emeralds (44-30) edged Hillsboro (35-40) at Ron Tonkin Field on Hunter Bishop's seventh-inning RBI single.

The Hops managed only six hits against Eugene starter Keaton Winn and three relievers.

Pickles 3, Cowlitz 0 — Jason Doktorczyk scattered five hits in five innings, and three relievers finished the job in the Portland home win. LeTrey McCollum had three hits and an RBI.

TUESDAY, JULY 5

Ionescu wins monthly award — Former Oregon Duck Sabrina Ionescu continues to impress in the WNBA, so much so she was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for June, her first monthly award in the league. She played in 11 games and averaged 19.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm was named the Western Conference Player of the Month.

Seattle 6, San Diego 2 — Seattle (41-42) swept the two-game set at San Diego (47-36) to pull within one game of .500 on Tuesday. The Mariners scored three in the fourth inning on a Dylan Moore two-RBI double and a Sam Haggerty single to score Moore. Haggerty also hit a solo home run in the third. Logan Gilbert allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits with three walks and one strikeout. JP Crawford put the game away with a two-RBI triple in the top of the ninth.

Seattle 95, Indiana 73 — Jewell Loyd took over scoring for Seattle (14-8) on the road against Indiana (5-18) on Tuesday. She dropped 25 points and had three assists while Ezi Magbegor worked down low with 12 points and 11 boards.

MONDAY, JULY 4

Seattle 8, San Diego 2 — Rookie Julio Rodriguez is continuing to play like a star, and the Mariners are streaking.

Seattle (40-42) won the first of two games at the Padres (47-35), as Rodriguez hit a monstrous two-run homer (his 15th, off Sean Manaea) and Chris Flexen allowed four hits and struck out eight in 6.2 innings. Cal Raleigh drove in four runs.

Trent Grisham homered for San Diego.

Seattle is 11-3 in its past 14 games.

Pickles split doubleheader — Portland (15-9) beat Corvallis 5-2 in the nightcap of a home doubleheader with the Knights (17-6). Kyler Stancato homered. Aaron Giroux and two other pitchers combined to give up five hits.

The Knights scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to win the first game, 6-5. Eddie Saldivar Jr. homered, scored two runs and drove in three runs for Portland.

Hops 5, Eugene 3 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Hillsboro (35-39) beat the Emeralds (43-30).

Ryan Bliss homered. Jamison Hill gave up four hits and three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings.

NHL Draft — Portland Winterhawks forward James Stefan and defenseman Marek Alscher are projected as later-round selections in the 2022 National Hockey League Draft.

The Seattle Kraken have the fourth pick in the first round, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 and will be televised on ESPN.

Rounds 2-7 take place Friday, July 8. The second round begins at 8 a.m. Pacific Time and can be seen on the NHL Network or streamed on ESPN+.

• The Winterhawks selected Czech goaltender Jan Spunar with the 52nd pick of the CHL Import Draft. Alscher is the other Import player on the Winterhawks.

• Former Winterhawk Cody Glass signed a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville. It will be the second season in the Predators' organization after playing eight games (one assist) with Nashville last season and 14 goals and 42 assists in 66 games with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.

• Former Portland Winterhawks defenseman Nolan Pratt is a Stanley Cup champion again, this time as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche who clinched the Cup Sunday with a 2-1 win at Tampa to take the series 4-2. Pratt played for the Winterhawks from 1991-95. He won the Cup twice as a player, with the 2001 Avalanche and with the 2004 Lightning.

Nitro at home — Portland's first-year team in the American Ultimate Disco League will try to stop a four-game losing streak on Sunday, July 9, when the Salt Lake Shred visit Providence Park for a 6:30 p.m. contest.

Pro baseball — The Seattle Mariners play at San Diego on Monday and Tuesday, July 4-5, and then play host to Toronto July 7-10 before heading east for two games at Washington (July 12-13) and four at Texas before the All-Star Break. When the Blue Jays visit, they usually bring a good number of supporters to Seattle from western Canada.

Speaking of support, Sherwood native Adley Rutschman had plenty of it at T-Mobile Park June 27-29 when his Baltimore Orioles visited Seattle. The former Oregon State catcher had two hits, including a home run, in his first game at Seattle to highlight his return to the Pacific Northwest.

Last week, the Mariners acquired first baseman Carlos Santana, as well as cash considerations, sending pitchers Wyatt Mills and William Fleming to the Kansas City Royals.

Santana, 36, was hitting .216 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He's a 13-year big league veteran. The Mariners needed some help with Ty France on the injured list, joining Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis.

• The Hillsboro Hops play only eight home games in July. After a Monday game with Eugene, five other games happen July 6-10 against Eugene. A postgame fireworks display is scheduled for Friday, July 8.

Pickles this week — After a doubleheader against Corvallis on Monday, Portland is at Walker Stadium in Lents Park for games against Longview, Washington-based Cowlitz Tuesday-Thursday. A weekend West Coast League series at Walla Walla follows, though Portland will split its squad to play nonleague baseball at Walker Stadium against the Portland Gherkins (7 p.m. Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9) and against the Portland Rosebuds (6 p.m. Sunday, July 10). The Pickles visit Springfield July 12-14.


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