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Astros hammer Hernandez, M’s

SEATTLE — If the Seattle Mariners haven’t hit rock bottom yet, they at least found something close to it against the Houston Astros on Monday night.
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Clippers crush Warriors to even series

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.

Commentary: Good clubs will exit NHL playoffs early

The Colorado Avalanche rose from the dregs of a 29th-place finish last season to win the Central Division title, and the St. Louis Blues collapsed late in the regular season and lost their chance to finish atop the Central, Western Conference and the NHL overall.

Mariners rediscover offense, drub Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mike Zunino homered an inning before adding an RBI single in Seattle’s strange six-run outburst that included three Texas Rangers errors and a replay reversal that gave the Mariners a run in their 7-1 victory Monday night.
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M’s offense goes dormant in loss

SEATTLE — Garrett Richards walked two batters in the first inning. He pitched out of a jam in the third with runners on second and third. He overcame errors and walks thanks to double plays and strikeouts.
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No clear Masters favorite with Woods out

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The echoes within the Augusta National pines provided evidence Wednesday that the excitement of the 78th Masters was kicking up. The annual par-3 tournament produced its usual crowd-pleasing theatrics — from the aces delivered by Matt Jones, Buddy Alexander and Mark O’Meara to the dialed-in, six-birdie victory claimed by Ryan Moore.

Mariners top Angels on Corey Hart’s pair of home runs

SEATTLE — It should have been a full-on celebration. With a sold-out crowd of 45, 661 jammed into Safeco Field on a less-than-frigid Tuesday night, the Mariners made their home opener an enjoyable victory for fans, rolling to a 5-3 triumph, thanks to a pair of Corey Hart home runs.
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A’s use walk-off homer to end M’s streak

OAKLAND, Calif. — A day earlier, Lloyd McClendon predicted his Seattle Mariners were due to play some 2-1 and 1-0 games. They weren’t going to steamroll every team. That premonition came to fruition on a chilly Thursday night at a largely unfilled O.co Coliseum against the defending American League West champion Oakland A’s.
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Sounders prepare for rival Timbers

TUKWILA — The Sounders have reached one of those weeks in the grind of an eight-month regular season where motivation is no issue.
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Commentary: Woods hitting middle-age wall

Bad back, shaky game, and Tiger Woods will be 39 the next time he plays the Masters in April 2015 ... if he’s healthy then and there is absolutely no guarantee of that.
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Miller, Ramirez lead Mariners past Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the on-deck circle, Justin Smoak couldn’t blame the Angels for walking Robinson Cano to load the bases in the third inning.

Mariners open season with win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Abraham Almonte hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning and Felix Hernandez struck out 11 in the new-look Seattle Mariners’ 10-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.