NW Sports from the AP

Date: 08/14/2013 04:59 AM

Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice to help the Seattle Mariners send the Tampa Bay Rays to their sixth straight loss with a 5-4 victory last night. Miller has four home runs this season, which have come in a pair of two-homer games. He connected for his first two big league homers on July 19 at Houston. Tampa Bay also got two homers from its leadoff hitter, Ben Zobrist. The Rays say it’s just the third time since 1916 that both leadoff hitters had multihomer games.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A city in the heart of the western North Dakota oil patch will be changing its label from Boomtown USA to baseball town for one week. Williston is the host site for the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series. Pool play for the 10-team tournament is scheduled to begin Saturday. A team from Beaverton, Ore., will represent the Pacific Northwest.

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has a small fracture in his right pinkie and will need surgery with an unknown timetable on when he’ll return. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters after practice yesterday about Seferian-Jenkins’ injury. He was hurt during practice a day earlier and sat out a scrimmage yesterday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Goodbye, Rose Garden. Hello, Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers have announced a 10-year deal with insurance provider Moda Health yesterday to rename the Rose Garden. Blazers President Chris McGowan says a new logo should be unveiled in about a month, and the team hopes much of the new signage will be up by the season’s home opener.


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