Seattle still can't hit so the Mariners lose. When I saw 2-0 late in the game, I thought Felix must be pitching since he hardly ever gets run support. But I have"Happy King Felix" day in my calendar the rest of the year so I realized it was some other pitcher getting the royal treatment.
Garrett Jones clubbed a two-run homer to back five strong innings from Jeanmar Gomez, as the Pirates cruised past the Mariners 4-1 in the opener of a brief two-game series at PNC Park. Raul Ibanez doubled in the lone run in the seventh inning for Seattle, which has lost two in-a-row after a three-game winning streak. Aaron Harang fanned six in six frames, but gave up two runs to fall to 1-and-4 with the loss. Yikes. When do the Seahawks start playing?
" TRUUUUU!!!"Marcus Trufant is now a Jacksonville Jaguar. The Jags agreed to terms with the longtime Seahawks cornerback from Tacoma and Washington State. Trufant spent his first 10 seasons with Seattle after being drafted with the 11th overall pick in 2003. The 32-year-old owns 21 career interceptions, including seven during an All-Pro season in 2007. Of course his brother played at EWU and for the Spokane Shock. Marcus will be missed but it was probably time.
Veteran kicker John Kasay is retiring a Carolina Panther. After not playing in 2012, he signed a one-day contract on Tuesday before officially calling it a career. Kasay spent 16 of his 21 NFL seasons with the Panthers, playing in a franchise-record 221 games. Kasay began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1991 and ranks sixth in NFL history with 461 career field goals made.
We lose a local to the enemy! Former Skyline High School athlete Luke Marquardt has signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced yesterday. Marquardt is an offensive tackle from Azusa Pacific in California who played basketball at the Sammamish high school. He was invited to take part in the NFL scouting combine in February but wasn't drafted. (Go Seahawks!)
Sonics -errr- Thunder lose. Nice! (Love you still Durant.) The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies both evened their respective playoff series on Tuesday. The Knicks earned a 105-79 win over the Pacers while the Grizzlies pulled out a 99-93 victory over the Thunder. Tonight, the Heat try to even their series against the Bulls while the Warriors look to do the same against the Spurs. Why do teams keep asking him? Don't look for Phil Jackson to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He turned down the latest team and informed the Nets he is not interested in replacing the fired P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets had reached out to the 67-year-old in an effort to gauge his interest in returning to the sidelines. Jackson is reportedly seeking an NBA front office role instead. College Hoops - The Final Four is moving to a new network. The national semifinals of the men's NCAA Tournament will be broadcast by TBS for the next two years. CBS had been the television home of the Final Four since 1982. CBS will still air the national championship game in 2014 and 2015 before the two networks begin alternating coverage in 2016.