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Posted on June 11, 2013 at 6:05 AM

ASTROS-MARINERS

Iwakuma pitches Mariners to 3-2 win over Astros

SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma allowed an unearned run in seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 3-2 on Monday night, sending the Astros to their fifth straight defeat.

Raul Ibanez hit his team-high 12th home run and Michael Morse had an RBI double for Seattle.

Iwakuma (7-1) gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked one while reducing his ERA to 1.79, second-lowest in the majors behind Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz (1.71).

Iwakuma has been particularly stingy at home. He leads the AL with a 0.92 ERA in six starts at Safeco Field, striking out 46 and walking three. In 24 career appearances there, including 16 starts, he is 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA.

INDIANS-RANGERS

Berkman, Rangers extend Tribe losing streak to 8

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Lance Berkman hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 6-3 Monday night to hand the Indians their eighth straight loss.

Berkman's homer was his first since May 24 and extended Cleveland's road losing streak to 12, its longest since a 16-game skid that carried over from 2009 into the second away game of 2010.

Robbie Ross (3-1) got the win after striking out the side following a leadoff walk in the seventh. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

Scott Kazmir (3-4) ended up with the loss even though he was in the dugout when Berkman homered off Nick Hagadone.

Carlos Santana had a three-run double in the third inning, but the Indians didn't get another hit.

RANGERS-SIGNINGS

Rangers sign both 1st-round picks from draft

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have signed both of their first-round picks from last week's amateur draft.

Right-handed pitcher Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez and high school shortstop Travis Demeritte completed physicals Monday and have signed their contracts.

Gonzalez was the 23rd overall pick out of Oral Roberts. Demeritte was taken No. 30 out of Winder-Barrow High School in Georgia.

Gonzalez was 9-5 with a 1.83 ERA in his final season at Oral Roberts. He struck out 126 in 113 1-3 innings. He was assigned to Class-A Spokane.

Demeritte hit .404 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior at Winder-Barrow. He's headed to the rookie-level Arizona League.

Texas also signed its second-round pick, right-hander Akeem Bostick from West Florence High School in South Carolina. The 18-year-old Bostick was assigned to the Arizona League.

The Rangers have agreed to terms with nine of their first 10 draft picks.

NBA FINALS-SPURS

Spurs have LeBron's scoring locked down

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have found a way to slow down LeBron James. That still might not be enough.

James has averaged just 17.5 points and shot 41.4 percent in the first two games of the NBA Finals. Those numbers are well below his season averages of 26.8 points and 56.5 percent shooting that helped him win his fourth MVP award.

But the Spurs squeaked out a win in Game 1 in Miami, then got blown out in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Manu Ginobili says it's going to take even more than slowing James down if the Spurs are going to win their fifth championship.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

COWBOYS-BRENT

Cowboys DT Brent due in court after drug test

DALLAS (AP) — A court date has been scheduled for Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent after prosecutors say he tested positive for marijuana.

A spokeswoman for Dallas prosecutors said Monday that Brent is scheduled to appear June 21 before Judge Robert Burns.

Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter, in connection with the Dec. 8 car crash that killed Jerry Brown, a Cowboys practice squad player and his college teammate.

Prosecutors have filed a motion asking Burns to revoke Brent's $100,000 bond after the positive marijuana test. Brent had been ordered to provide a urine sample for testing after a court hearing last month.

An attorney for Brent, George Milner, did not immediately return a phone message Monday.

STARS-GONCHAR

Stars sign D Gonchar to 2-year, $10 million deal

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have signed Sergei Gonchar to a two-year, $10 million contract after trading for the 39-year-old defenseman last week.

The deal announced Monday adds to the Stars' veteran defensive core of Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski and Stephane Robidas.

Gonchar was set to become a free agent when Ottawa traded him to the Stars for a sixth-round pick in the draft this year. The Russian was fifth among NHL defensemen with 24 assists this season. He was Ottawa's second-leading scorer with 27 points (three goals, 24 assists).

Gonchar is first in points (775) and assists (558) and second in games played (1,177) among active NHL defensemen. He has played for Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh and Ottawa.

UTSA-TEXAS A&M

Texas A&M, UTSA to play 2-year football series

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M and UTSA have agreed to a two-year football series.

Both games will be played Kyle Field in College Station, with the first on Nov. 12, 2016, and the second on Nov. 2, 2019.

The Roadrunners will officially join Conference USA in July and are preparing for their third season of playing football.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE-TOURNAMENT

American conference women's tourney at casino

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first women's basketball tournament at the Mohegan Sun casino.

The conference announced Monday that the 2014 tourney would be played at the resort in southeastern Connecticut, which includes a 10,000-seat arena that is home to the WNBA's Connecticut Sun.

The tournament will take place March 7-10.

The casino also has applied to host the men's tournament, though it is considered a long shot. Cities such as Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis are also in the running. That announcement is expected in the next few weeks.

Mohegan beat out several other venues for the event, including Hartford's XL Center, where the American's predecessor, the Big East, held its women's tournament every year since 2004.

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