Kouzmanoff, Rangers beat Mariners 8-6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners 8-6 Thursday.
Texas lost the opener of the four-game series on Monday night, but won the last three.
The 32-year-old Kouzmanoff is hitting .414 since joining the Rangers on April 9 after starting third baseman Adrian Beltre strained his left quadriceps.
Kouzmanoff has hit in all eight games in which he has played, beginning with a pinch-hitting appearance followed by seven straight starts. Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
Robinson Cano homered for the Mariners. He's in a 3-for-18 slump.
Seattle 1B Choi banned 50 games for positive test
NEW YORK (AP) - Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for a first testing violation for PEDs to 80 games. MLB said Thursday that Choi tested positive for methandienone, a controlled substance popular with bodybuilders.
The 22-year-old Choi was hitting .394 at Triple-A Tacoma with one homer and five RBIs.
Choi became the third player suspended this year under the big league program following Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Rays pitcher Alex Colome.
"I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive," Choi said in a statement issued by the union. "However, I also understand that without an explanation I must serve a suspension and I accept that."
Seattle said it was "disappointed."
Franklin Morales helps Rockies beat Padres 3-1
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Franklin Morales allowed four hits in six innings and Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking groundout in a three-run seventh, lifting the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday.
Morales (1-1) allowed a solo homer to Xavier Nady leading off the fourth, a drive off the facing of the second deck in left field, and Ian Kennedy (1-2) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh.
Corey Dickerson reached on a one-out double, Troy Tulowitzki walked and Justin Morneau lined a ball to right field. Chris Denorfia broke in, then retreated as the ball went over him for an RBI double.
Rosario grounded out to shortstop as Tulowitzki scored for a 2-1 lead, and Nolan Arenado followed with a run-scoring single.
Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild
DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado in Patrick Roy's postseason debut behind the bench.
The Hall of Fame goaltender led the Avalanche to two Stanley Cup titles as a player.
Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild.
Game 2 is Saturday.
Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation.
TRAIL BLAZERS PLAYOFFS
Blazers survive adversity to surge into playoffs
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - After starting off as one of the hottest teams in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers wilted a bit after the All-Star break.
The low point came on March 25 when the Blazers fell 95-85 at Orlando. The loss capped a 4-9 stretch for Portland.
But since then, the Blazers have won nine of their final 10 games and wrapped up the regular season with a five-game winning streak.
It's that rebound that gives coach Terry Stotts confidence for the playoffs.
Portland, which finished as the fifth seed in the West, faces the Rockets in the opening round of the playoffs with Game 1 set for Sunday night in Houston. The Blazers haven't been to the playoffs since the 2011, when they fell in six games to the Mavericks in the first round.
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