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Strong starts help Bucks split
the ﬁ rst
day in La
5-4 in 10
Seattle scores two in ninth
for win No. 1 on season
By KRISTIE RIEKEN
HOUSTON — Jarrod Dyson hit a
tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning
and Jean Segura drove in a run later in
the inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to
a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on
The game was tied at 2 entering the
ninth before Danny Valencia walked with
one out and Carlos Ruiz was plunked by
Ken Giles (0-1). They were replaced by
pinch-runners Taylor Motter and Guill-
ermo Heredia before
Dyson’s ﬂ y ball landed
between left ﬁ elder
Nori Aoki and center
ﬁ elder Jake Marisnick
to allow Motter to score
and put Seattle on top.
with two outs to send
Heredia home for an
insurance run that made
Dan Altavilla (1-0)
pitched a scoreless
eighth for the win and Edwin Diaz struck
out two in a perfect ninth for his ﬁ rst save.
Mitch Haniger homered in the third
and Kyle Seager’s RBI tied it in the sixth
to help the Mariners to their ﬁ rst win of
the year after dropping the ﬁ rst three
games of this series.
George Springer hit a leadoff homer
for Houston, and Marwin Gonzalez added
his second homer of the year with a solo
shot in the third to put the Astros up 2-1.
Houston starter Joe Musgrove allowed
ﬁ ve hits and two runs while walking three
in ﬁ ve-plus innings.
Ariel Miranda yielded ﬁ ve hits and
two runs in ﬁ ve innings in his 11th major
The Mariners tied it in the third inning
on Haniger’s two-out homer.
Mariners: Yovani Gallardo will make
his Mariners debut as Seattle starts a
three-game series at the Angels on Friday.
Gallardo went 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA in 23
starts for Baltimore in 2016.
Astros: Right-hander Mike Fiers
makes his 2017 debut when the Astros
open a three-game series against Kansas
City on Friday.
Photo by Ron-
Pendleton pitching shows progress against La Grande
to ﬁ rst to
the ﬁ st
day in La
LA GRANDE — It would appear
Pendleton’s pitchers are beginning to
settle in after the inconsistencies that
followed them through the ﬁ rst two
weeks of the season were nowhere to
be found on Thursday in a non-league
doubleheader at La Grande.
Both of Pendleton’s starters were in
command of the strike zone and lasted
ﬁ ve complete innings in the types of
performances coach T.J. Haguewood
has been saying he knew would come,
but the Buckaroos could only take
advantage of one of them.
An inability to bring runners in
from scoring position cost the Bucks
in the opener as La Grande outlasted
them 5-4 in 10 innings.
Pendleton made sure it at least got
The La Grande
Crabbe’s 25 points leads
Portland past Minnesota
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith
Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger, left,
celebrates his solo home run off with
Leonys Martin during the third inning
of Thursday’s game in Houston.
PORTLAND — Allen Crabbe
had 25 points, including a career-
high eight 3-pointers, and the
Portland Trail Blazers beat the
Minnesota Timberwolves 105-98
Thursday night to snap a two-game
Damian Lillard added 22 points,
nine rebounds and eight assists for
Portland, which held onto the eighth
and ﬁ nal playoff spot in the Western
Conference ahead of the Denver
the split, though, and won the second
Daniel Naughton took the mound to
open the afternoon, and was hitting his
spots for eight strikeouts with just one
walk to keep the game close though he
would leave trailing 2-1 after ﬁ ve.
Pendleton tied the score in the top
of the sixth when Jared Beveridge laid
down a perfect bunt with the bases
loaded and one out, but the Bucks
struck out twice in a row to end the
Blazers wipe away
halftime deﬁ cit with
fourth quarter comeback
Nuggets with three games to go.
Andrew Wiggins had 36 points
for the Timberwolves, who have
already been eliminated. Karl-An-
thony Towns added 24 points and 16
After trailing by 15 points in
the third quarter, Crabbe’s running
3-pointer gave the Blazers a 92-89
lead with 8:25 left. Lillard added a
layup and Crabbe made another 3
to push the lead to 97-91 while the
Johnson withdraws from Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Dustin Johnson
arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll,
having won his last three tournaments.
He never even took a shot at the ﬁ rst major
of the year.
The world’s No. 1-ranked player was forced
to withdraw from the Masters on
Thursday because of a lower back
injury suffered less than 24 hours
earlier in a freak fall at the home
he was renting for the week.
“I want to play,” Johnson said.
“I just can’t swing.”
Clearly in pain during a limited
warmup session, Johnson still intended to at
least try to play Thursday. He walked slowly
toward the ﬁ rst hole, where he was paired with
Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker in the ﬁ nal
group of the opening round.
Then, at the last possible moment, Johnson
changed his mind.
“That ﬂ ap, man, that
thing just saved my life.
The crazy thing about it
is I was thinking about
taking it off a couple days
ago, too, and then this
happens. I’m never taking
that thing off ... It just felt
like I got punched by Mike
Tyson. But other than that I
— Keon Broxton
The Milwaukee Brewers outﬁ eld-
er left Thursday’s game against
Colorado after getting hit with
a pitch on the cheek ﬂ ap of his
batting helmet. Broxton suffered
only a slight nasal fracture.
WIAA approves language for
possible Hermiston acceptance
RENTON, Washington — At its executive
board meeting on March 18-19, the Washington
Interscholastic Activities Association approved
the ﬁ rst reading of its set of
criteria to allow out-of-state
schools to join the association.
That move cracks the door for
Hermiston High’s possible move
north, a desire for the school to
cut down on travel time and missed class time
for each of its athletic teams. Hermiston athletic
director Larry Usher said in a text message
Thursday that from what he has heard, the
criteria was very well received from the board.
The next step for Hermiston is to await the
OSAA executive board’s meeting on Monday,
April 10, as it will discuss the same policy and
decide whether to give Hermiston its support
to pursue the WIAA, which is necessary as it is
criteria No. 1 for the WIAA to accept.
THIS DATE IN SPORTS
2003 — Syracuse wins
the NCAA tournament with
an 81-78 victory over Kansas.
Freshman Carmelo Anthony,
ﬁ ghting off a bad back, ﬁ nishes
with 20 points, 10 rebounds
and seven assists.
2007 — Vince Carter and
Jason Kidd are the ﬁ rst team-
mates with triple-doubles in
the same game since Michael
Jordan and Scottie Pippen
in 1989. Carter scores 46
points, adds a career-best 16
rebounds and 10 assists. Kidd
has 16 rebounds, 18 assists and
adds a late free throw for 10
points to lead New Jersey to
a 120-114 overtime win over
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